April 1, 1962
The Science Education Institute of Osaka Prefecture was founded on the initiative of the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education. In-service training for natural science teachers and educational research began.
The Language Laboratory was installed. In-service training for English teachers began.
August 28, 1970
The South Building opened.
The Science Education Institute of Osaka was reorganized. In-service training in Japanese Language, Social Studies, Mathematics, Industrial Arts and Home-making, Information Technology, and Counseling for Handicapped Children was added.
April 1, 1980
In-service training in Music, Fine Arts and Crafts, and Japanese Calligraphy was added.
April 1, 1983
Counseling for teachers began.
April 1, 1985
The Educational Planning Section began in-service training.
April 1, 1987
The Human Rights Education Research Section began in-service training.
March 19, 1993
The Main Building opened.
April 1, 1993
The Science Education Institute of Osaka was reorganized and renamed "Osaka Prefectural Education Center".
April 1, 1999.
Reorganized to function as a curriculum center.
1. To provide in-service training to teachers and staff members engaged in educational affairs in Osaka Prefecture.
2. To conduct research on professional and technical matters in the field of education.
3. To collect data and materials in the field of education and make this information available to educators.
4. To provide educational counseling on personal and professional matters.
5. To continue the development of education in Osaka Prefecture.
Director, Deputy Director
General Affairs Office
The office is responsible for general affairs in the Center such as the administration of the budget, personnel management, and maintenance of facilities.
Department of Educational Planning and Coordination
This department is responsible for planning and adjustment of in-service training and projects the Center conducts, and for in-service training with regard to general seminars, improving teacher performance, overall human rights,special support education and counseling. It also gives advice on education via telephone and e-mail.
・Planning and Adjustment
・School Management Research
・Human Rights Education
・Special Support Education
Department of Subject Studies
This department is mainly responsible for in-service training in the following subjects and for in-service training in the sciences and industrial skills. It also gives advice on curriculum, and is responsible for administration and management of the "Osaka Inter-school Information Network". In addition, Curriculum Design and Research is in charge of library sevices.
・Curriculum Design and Research
General Subjects Education
Foreign Languages (English)
Geography and History, Civics
Health and Physical Education
・Industrial and Information Education
Technical skills and Home economics
The Center holds a variety of in-service training seminars for the improvement and development of teachers' skills and teach- ing abilities. In 2006, there are to be 153 seminars of three broad types: general seminars, topic seminars, and subject seminars.
The Center also conducts research studies in various fields of education: Central Research, Topic Research, and Specific Research.