College of Education

College of Education

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The College of Education was founded in 1968 with four Departments. These were the departments of Korean Language Education, Social Education (renamed to the Geography Education in 1981), Science Education (abolished in 1976) and Mathematics Education. Over time, other departments were added to the college: The Department of Physical Education in 1969; Home Economics Education in 1971, and Departments of Education and History Education in 1975. At the present time, the College of Education consists of 7 departments including the departments of Education, Korean Language Education, History Education, Geography Education, Mathematic Education, Home Economics Education and Physical Education.

Each department offers Bachelor's degree in their undergraduate program and Master's and Doctoral degrees in their graduate program. Students who finish all requirement courses and practical training are awarded a Bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) and a Certificate of Teaching at secondary schools in Korea. Students in the graduate program for the Master's degree are awarded a Master of Arts or Master of Science based on the students' major. In the case of the Doctoral degree, the title of the Doctoral degrees includes Doctor of Art, Doctor of Science, Doctor of Geography, Doctor of Home Economics and Doctor of Education according to the degree program of each department. Total alumni from the college in 2010 are 10,560. A total of 279 Master's degrees and 190 Doctoral degrees have been presented as of February, 2010

In addition to the regular graduate program, there is a Bachelor-Master's degree tier program and Master's-Doctoral degree tier program. Students apply to the Bachelor-Master's degree tier program in the 7th semester of their undergraduate program and/or 3rd semester of the Master's degree program for the Master-Doctoral degree tier program. The Bachelor-Mater's degree tier program is only offered in the departments of Education, Geography Education, Mathematics Education and Physical Education; and three departments including Education, Geography Education and Home Economics Education currently offer a Master-Doctoral degree tier program.

At the second semester of their freshman year, undergraduate students in the College of Education may apply (at the start of each semester) for a second major including the General Social Education major. Students may transfer to other departments in the university at the end of their freshman year, but students from other colleges in the university CANNOT transfer to any departments in the College of Education.

Also students from other universities (not Dongguk) may transfer to any departments of this college. Once they become students of the College of Education, those students may also select a double major program as well. The College of Education has seven attached secondary schools - four middle schools and three high schools The Graduate School of Education is running a program for 'Master of Education' to re-educate present secondary school teachers and to train future secondary school teachers.

All classes are open in the evening on Wednesdays and Thursdays. When students who are in the Master's Degree program finish their required courses and thesis, they obtain the degree of 'Master of Education'. Students who enroll in the Master's degree program and the Teacher Training program are awarded a Master's degree as well as a Certificate of Teaching when they complete the required courses, practical teaching training and thesis.


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The undergraduate program of the Department of Education provides intensive coursework and field experience leading to a teaching certificate in secondary education.

Through theories and practice, the Department also strives to prepare students to serve as professionals in a variety of education-related fields. Students are exposed to an array of topics of interest in education, both (a) in traditional areas such as educational philosophy, curriculum, educational sociology, educational psychology, and counseling psychology and (b) emerging areas such as cyber-learning, developments in higher education, and education for gifted children.

The Master's and Doctoral program major in Education was started in 1979 in order to produce pedagogists, educational researchers, educational administrators and educational practitioners, who can solve practical educational problems, based on theoretical research of pedagogy.

The Department of Education opened various classes covering the entire pedagogy according to trends in the development of pedagogy, such as the History of Education, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Educational Administration, Educational Curriculum, Educational Technology, Educational Psychology and Educational Counseling.

Students go through a systematic and deep understanding and research process covering the entire pedagogy by learning from professors in each subject. Students who complete these majors will work in several social sectors including specialized educational areas after graduating from graduate school, educational administration, life long education and training, and research centers of companies.


Philosophy of Education

This course investigates the scientific characteristics, methods and various positions of philosophy of education as well as how the theory of education can differ according to them.


Educational Psychology

In order to understand various problems occurred in educational setting, this course learns the intellectual, emotional and social development of individual, principle of learning, characteristic and individual variation, and understands how these factors interact each other focusing on learning.


Educational Technology

This course researches the all concrete problems in teaching-learning process in order to find the most effective teaching method and learning method.


Educational Measurement and Evaluation

This course is designed to understand the way tests, examinations, grades, and recognition of various qualifications, which can be easily seen in the overall developmental process of education, are conceptualized and what kinds of methods are used.


Science of Educational Administration

This course analyzes concepts, characteristics, essences, functions, field and content in order to understand the fundamental theory and normative knowledge in educational Administration.


Curriculum Theories

This course investigates the core object related to curriculum theory and practice, as well as the research method of curriculum.



Name Picture Major Final degree school E-mail
Sung-Hoon Kim 김성훈 Education Evaluation Univ. of Illinois at Urbana
Jin-Ho Ko 고진호 Curriculum Dongguk Univ.
Sun-Hyung Park 박선형 Educational Administration Univ. of Tasmania, Australia
Sang-Sik Cho 조상식 Philosophy of education,
Western education history
Georg-August Univ. Goettingen
Na-Min Shin 신나민 Educational Technology Pennsylvania State Univ.
Hyun-Joo Park 박현주 Counseling Psychology,
Counselor Training
Univ. of Missouri, Columbia
Jong-Bae Park 박종배 Educational History
Seoul National Univ.
Cho-Hee Yoon 윤초희 Educational Psychology Univ.of Washington
Hwan-Young Jang 장환영 Human Resource Development,
Lifelong education, Performance Engineering
Indiana Univ.
Hyo-Jung Lee 이효정 Special Education Univ. of Kansas
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Department of Korean Language Education

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Students, as Korean teachers in the future, should attain an equal share of knowledge in every field of the major (Korean linguistics, modern literature, classical literature, and Korean language education). Based on general theories of linguistics, they develop academic research on the general structure of the Korean language, improve their knowledge of the Korean language and literature, and master traditions and values of the Korean language and literature.


Introduction to Classical Literature Education

The purpose of this course is to create a basic grounding and elementary knowledge in classical literature and further to study classical literature deeply and specially.


Theory of Teaching Speech

This course enhances speaking and listening abilities, which are the basic structure of verbal communication as well as tools to understand and express thoughts and feeling through speaking and writing effectively.


Introduction to Korean Language Study and Korean Language Education

This course researches the effective and desirable use of the Korean language as a tool of expression, along with universal /general theories of linguistics.


Modern Novel and Novel Education

This course allows students to acquire empirical knowledge about the nature of fiction through pre-research of modern fiction in order to read the individual works.


Development of Contemporary Korean Literature

This course focuses on diachronically identifying the fall of middle age literature and the development of modern literature from the 17th and 18th century to 8.15 independence. The course also places great importance on in-depth understanding of meaningful works in history as well as the increase of theoretical cognition on the fundamental problems of literature history.




Name Picture Major Final degree school E-mail
Jae-Seok Ko 고재석 Modern Literature Dongguk Univ.
Seung-Ho Kim 김승호 Classic Literature Education Dongguk Univ.
Jae-Woong Yoon 윤재웅 Modern Literature Education Dongguk Univ.
Hye-Yeon KIm 김혜연

Korean Language Education

Seoul National Univ.
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Department of History Education

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The main purpose of the Department is to cultivate history teachers for secondary schools. Therefore, students of the Department study both the history and theories required for teaching. Due to the characteristics of the Department, field investigation on historical remains is carried out two times a year - spring and fall.

For graduate work, the department holds an exhibition of rubbings for 4th year students to give them an opportunity to experience history. The educational goal of the Department of History Education, General Graduate School, at Dongguk University is to help students to extensively study the contents of history education and teaching methodologies, which make good history education possible.

In other, words, the department focuses on helping students learn a correct historical view by learning development of world history including Korean history both totally and systematically and grow their history educational teaching and learning capability to deliver learnt knowledge and information both precisely and effectively.

Therefore, in this department, students extensively research their major subjects such as the theory of history, history curriculum (Korean history, Asian history, European history and Third world history), resource study, theory of history education and theory of history education methodology, with contents of history study and history education study learnt in undergraduate study and a general graduate school and graduate school of education (doctorial program only).

As a result, the department helps students acquire the qualities necessary to be history education researchers, school teachers and professional educational administrators, who will lead national history education.



Introduction to Modern History

This course teaches the basic of historic science, centering on concepts, thoughts and research methods of history and development of history theory.


Making of Modern East Asian-Society

This course follows the theory of historical periodization which sets " modern times" between pre-modern society and modern society, yet tries be free from the traditional lecture on this history. This course also seeks to find a true description of world history by broadly dealing with and actively interpreting the event of contacts between the East and the West. This course focuses on modern times and modernization centered on historical description in order to clarify the distinctive meaning of "modern times" in Asia society.


History of Western During Modern & Contemporary Age

Based on the people's revolution, industrial revolution and imperialism, this course outlines, the First & Second World Wars, establishment of the cold war and the flow of world history after the fall of socialism.


Pre-modern History of Korea 1: Ancient History

This course systematically lectures on the formation flow and development process of culture from primitive society to the early Goryeo dynasty in Korea, in order to understand the society of ancient times in Korea.


Pre-modern History of Korea 2: Medieval History

This course systematically presents the historical flow from the middle-Goryeo period to the middle-Joseon period and teaches students about the social life and spiritual culture in the middle ages of Korea, especially focusing on the change of Goryeo Buddhism aristocracy since middle the Goryeo period as well as the appearance of new gentry in late-Goryo.


History of Korea During Modern & Contemporary Age

This course intensively analyzes and evaluates the development process of the modern & contemporary times after the late Joseon period.



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Cheol-Ho Han 한철호 Korean Modern History Hallym Univ.
Seon-Tae Yoon 윤선태 Korean Ancient History Seoul National Univ.
In-Gyu Hwang 황인규 Korean Medieval History Dongguk Univ.
Jong-Pil Yoon 윤종필 History Education Theory Korea Univ.
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Department of Geography Education

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The study of geography, which researches the environment, is best suited for cultivating those who are able to minimize the destructive influences of modern society. The Department of Geography Education delivers the qualification and knowledge required for future geography teachers.

Geography is a science that helps people develop affection for the natural environment, the earth and mankind. It has characteristics of both natural science and social science as it researches natural environments and cultural phenomena happening on the earth's surface, together with mutual relationships between human beings and nature. Students are systematically educated to understand knowledge, theories and research methods regarding geography, and to verify them through field investigation.

The program aims at producing geography teachers and talented geographers who have comprehensive and rational thoughts, and are able to respond to globalization.



Life and Culture

Centering on the culture, which is an important part of human life, this course considers the concepts of cultural geography, research subject, and research method according to a particular theme. In addition, this study combines theory and reality through case studies.


Climatic Geomorphology

This course introduces the development and the basic concept of climatic geomorphology. Students learn the specific and detailed contents about Climatic geomorphology.


Physical Geography

The purpose of this course is to identify the basic contents which compose the natural environment such as climate, soil, and plant communities and then to understand the basic concept and structure of physical geography.


Human Geography

This course systematically explains geographic phenomena that have resulted from human activities, in that geographic features such as economy, living space, history and population group as the subject of the activity to help student's understanding.


Regional Geography of Korea

This course teaches the contents and methodology of Korean regional geography. In order to achieve this goal, this course specifically identifies Korean natural geographic features and cultural situations and analyzes their relationship in order to comprehensively understand Korean regional geography.



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Jae-Seob Ahn 안재섭 Urban Geography Seoul National Univ.
Seung-Chul Lee 이승철 Economic Geography Univ. of Sussex
Byung-Yoon Yang 양병윤 Geoinformatics and
Remote exploration
Univ. of Georgia
Jeong-Sik Oh 오정식 Topography Dongguk Univ.
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Department of Mathematics Education

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Mathematics Education is a comprehensive science that considers many related science fields inclusing pure mathematics, the theory of mathematics, applied mathematics, psychology of learning mathematics and the theory of mathematics education.

Hence the research of it requires professional decisions. To solve a real problem, synthetic teaching of mathematics on epistemological and psychological bases, the department of mathematics education carries out ongoing and thorough research.

The purpose of the department of mathematics education in our Graduate School is to foster specialists of mathematics education covering major issues in mathematics and curriculum education in order to take a leading role in developing national education by developing and distributing systematic, comprehensive and trial models for each school. To achieve this goal, the school provides all necessary foundation for students to become higher level educational specialists who can lead academic development and create new educational programs by equally learning all developmental aspects of pure study and applied fields of study.

In addition, the school integrates theories and practices of mathematics education and introduces them into school teaching by accepting new theories and methodology of mathematics education and modifying them for the current Korean educational environment.


Complex Analysis Ⅱ

This course teaches characteristics of complex numbers and geometric meaning, and systematically covers the theoretical background and theory of complex variables, and shows how to apply them.


Analysis I

Based on differential and integral calculus, this course inquires into the characteristics of a set, the classification of the numeral system, the characteristics of a real number, the utmost limits and the continuity, which leads to strengthening the basic theory of analysis and studying on the contents of the subjects mentioned above in the context of the contents of middle or high school mathematics.


Linear Algebra Ⅱ

This course deals with systems of linear equations and matrices. In this course students learn determinants, vectors in 2-space and 3-space, Euclidean vector spaces, and real vector spaces.


Modern Algebra Ⅱ

In this course students learn the definition of homomorphism and isomorphism defined in group. Also, they study the Sylow Theorem, free abelian groups, and free groups.



Using various kinds of software, this course investigates the general characteristics and the relations of devices which haven't been used in the present geometric education.


Topology Ⅱ

This course is one of curricula for math teachers. Topological space shows that a set has algebra, and it deals with its relationship, visualization, accumulation of real number and continuity of real numbers.


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Sun-Shin Ahn 안선신 Algebra Yonsei Univ.
Joong-Kwoen Lee 이중권 Mathematics Education Univ. of Georgia
Han-Ju Lee 이한주 Analysis KAIST
Dong-Han Kim 김동한 Applied Mathematics KAIST
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Department of Home Economics Education

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The Department of Home Economics Education aims to improve the quality of the surrounding environment in which humans make our living and in consequence to enhance the quality of life in general.

Also, it nurtures not only teachers at middle and high schools, but also professionals in the human ecology fields of Consumer and Home management, Clothing & Textile, Food & Nutrition, and Child & Family.

The purpose of the Department of Home Economics is to promote the quality of family life and welfare of families and their members. To accomplish this goal, the department intensively studies effective management of human and material resources in families by encouraging smooth interactions between individuals, families and the environment. The department has four majors, Consumer Studies, Clothing & Textile, Food & Nutrition, and Child & Family as subspecialties.

Consumer Studies focuses on providing information about consumer behaviors, which can increase effective use of resources, economy, welfare and capability of consumers and their families. Clothing & Textile Studies offer programs designed to provide students with an understanding of the apparel industry and their consumers.

The purpose of Clothing & Textile Studies is to foster specialists who can engage in all types of occupations required in the apparel industry, through the organized teaching and training of the entire field of clothing and textiles The purpose of the Study of Food & Nutrition is to produce professional researchers who more deeply study basic and major fields of Food & Nutrition and specialists who can contribute on improvement of dietary life in the real world using such research results. The Study of Child & Family explores development of the human and family, mainly with a psychological and social approach.



Basic Nutrition

This course focuses on the principles, concept and application of the science of human nutrition. It covers absorption, metabolism, function and requirements of nutrients.


Introduction to Family Science

This course is based on basic principles concerning the origin, structure, dynamics, function of family, discussions of gender roles and class, and investigates characteristics and problems of the modern family.


Consumer Decision Making

This course studies the process by which 1) consumers identify their needs, 2) collect information, 3) evaluate alternatives and 4) make the purchase decision, and analyzes consumer behaviors that are determined by psychological and economic factors, and are influenced by environmental factors such as cultural, group, and social values.



General study of textile materials with emphasis on factors that affect the hand, appearance, and performance. Students learn the properties of natural and man-made fibers, the ways in which yarn is formed, the methods of production, and the properties of a wide variety of textile fabrics and dyeing and finishing techniques.



This course investigates critical properties of traditional housing culture and important attributes of housing in modern urban environments from historical, psychological, physical, sociological, and economic viewpoints. Furthermore students will explore how to build desirable housing environment and how to promote the quality of Korean housing culture.



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Hye-Won Shin 신혜원 Clothing & Textile Seoul National Univ.
Sim-Yeol Lee 이심열 Food & Nutrition Seoul National Univ.
Mi-Kyung Jeon 전미경 Child and Family Studies Dongguk Univ.
Ju-Woon Jeong 정주원 Consumer Science Dongguk Univ. -
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Department of Physical Education

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The study of physical education develops a general understanding of liberal and social sciences and natural science, and approaches functions of exercise based on understanding physical activities from the viewpoints of physiology, mechanics, psychology, sociology and methodology.

The purpose of the Department of Physical Education is to foster and produce professionals in Physical Education and satisfy roles of Physical Education as social functions by establishing systematic theories and improving adaptation with scientific research on theories and practices of Physical Education.

In addition, the department engages in theoretical research on humanities and social sciences and in the natural science sector of Physical Education and practice of exercise functions.

Finally, the department improves versatility, professional leadership and research capability in social adjustment. The department aims to cultivate teachers of physical education who have the basic physical strength, the capabilities of carrying out exercise, leadership, the ability to perform various sports and leisure activities, and also the ability to protect health and safety.

The curriculum is divided into theory and practice, which are offered at the same time. At present, the study of physical education is attempting to develop into a physical science.



The purpose of this course is to understand the mechanical analysis and theory concerning physical exercise. The course helps students to conduct active research using international theory and information systems, as well as effective application of these and learning the teaching method of performance improvement.


Cultural History of Physical Education

This course studies and considers the domestic and foreign transition process of physical education and the thoughts of physical education in and outside Korea, through systematic information materials. Also, this course provides the background of thoughts and helps students to understand the cultural background of human life at the same time.


Exercise Physiology

Through this course, students attain and understanding of basic knowledge of the skeletal structure, muscles, nerves, circulation, excretion, digestion and etc. of the human body in order to learn the physiological interactions in human body activity. Through application and new international information materials, students learn to put active value on human life.


Psychology of Exercise

The purpose of this course is to understand psychological factors and foundation according to situational conditions in human's exercise performance. This course researches theories on cognition of exercise, exercise development, exercise, game psychology, health psychology and so on in order to foster the leadership potential in physical educational courses in secondary schools.


Sociology of Sports

This study contemplates the social aspect of physical education and sports activities through sociological research method and, through the wide latitude of understanding, fosters teaching performance in the secondary physical education.



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Jae-Hyun Shon 손재현 Educational Dance Hanyang Univ.
Jae-Sung Chae 채재성 Sports Sociology Seoul National Univ.
Eon-Ho Kim 김언호 Exercise Science Univ. of Oklahoma
Jeh-Kwang Ryu 유제광 Sports Psychology Seoul National Univ.
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