Gwangju National University of Education was first founded as Chonnam Public Teachers School in March 31, 1923. It was reorganized as Gwangju Teachers College (a two-year college) in April 1, 1961. In March 1, 1981, the Gwangju Teachers College (a two-year college) turned into a four-year university and it was renamed as Gwangju National University of Education in 1993. In March 1996, the Graduate School of Education was added. Based on Korean educational philosophies, Gwangju National University of Education seeks to research profound academic theories and their practical applications needed for schools and communities and educate qualified elementary school teachers equipped with leadership and competent teaching skills.
The educational goals of the university are: To develop a diligent attitude and basic capabilities needed as a wholesome contributing citizen of the democratic society, to cultivate a well-rounded personality of a true and upstanding teacher and acquire a sense of duty and pride as a steadfast educator, through meticulous and profound academic inquiry, establish an autonomous and creative attitude of a scholar, to train abilities as a competent teacher and acquire excellent teaching methodologies to achieve professionalism in elementary education and to establish an attitude of an educator with a strong sense of social service, noble character and leadership necessary in the globalized, information age.
The Vision of the university lies in pursuing excellence in training teachers of tomorrow, in developing a university culture where staff and teachers share a sense of responsibility, in gathering and strengthening the abilities of all university members, in promoting the welfare of students and staff and constructing an education community in harmony with local communities. The institute comprises of 208 Faculty and Staff Members. Talking about the undergraduate classes, 49 classes of 1428 enrolled students and 670 attending students are there. Moving on to the graduate section, there are 53 majors with 797 enrolled students and 670 attending students. So far, the university has 31,584 alumni.
The courses offered by the university include General Studies Courses and Specialized Studies Courses which are further subdivided to various courses. The general studies courses are divided into required and elective courses. As required courses, students take 10courses (28 credits) related to languages, science, physical education, philosophy, ethics, economics, history, mathematics and natural science whereas the elective courses, students choose 4 courses (8 credits) from the courses in foreign languages/literature, humanities and social science, natural science and arts. Whereas the Specialized studies courses are divided into Teaching Theory courses, General Knowledge of Teaching Profession courses, Subject Education courses: They facilitate effective subject teaching and class management within the subject.
Thus, they strengthen practical teaching methodologies, evaluation, and study of teaching materials. Then there are Practical skills in arts and physical education prepare teachers to teach these subjects skillfully, Other courses: Practicum, Volunteer Activities, Graduation Thesis, should be conducted under thorough planning and in a constructive manner and all plans and management of practicum materials, methods; evaluation is decided by the university in association with the affiliated elementary school. Practicum should be conducted under thorough planning and in a constructive manner. All plans and management of practicum materials, methods and evaluation is prepared in association with the affiliated elementary schools, Volunteer Activities will be taken from 1st until 3rd year, Practical Teaching Skills Certification is made to run in conjunction with practicum (created Nov.30.2006), Graduation Thesis does not provide credits but students must pass the thesis screening in order to graduate.