In addition to the regular curriculum, Kanagawa University offers the following four extracurricular courses leading to certification: Teacher Training Course, Social Education Course, Curator Course, and Japanese Teacher Training Course.
Each faculty and department offers a teacher training course that helps students obtain the Lower Secondary School Teacher Class Ⅰ Certificate and the Upper Secondary School Class Ⅰ Certificate, which qualify them to teach in junior and senior high schools, respectively. Moreover, at the graduate level, students who have earned enough academic credit can obtain Specialized Certificates in teaching for the above certifications. (However, in order to obtain an Advanced Certificate, students must have the necessary qualifications to obtain the Class Ⅰ Certificate).
Social education refers to the academic and sporting activities offered to members of the community throughout the course of their lives. Graduates of the Social Education Course can earn the basic qualification required to work as a social education director. In this way, this course fosters the personnel who are needed to promote cultural and sports events sponsored by municipal governments, as well as personnel sought out by private companies operating in the cultural and sports fields.
This is operated across two campuses. On the Yokohama Campus, the course is based at the university's Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture, and trains students on how to organize, investigate, store, and restore gathered materials so that they may become curators at historical and folk culture museums that deal primarily with folk materials and written documents. On the Shonan Hiratsuka Campus, the course offers training to become curators at museums of natural history, specializing in the practical techniques and procedures of managing and exhibiting animal and plant specimens.
Students in this course acquire knowledge concerning the meaning and grammar of the Japanese language and learn pedagogical methods for conveying this knowledge to students who study Japanese as a foreign language. Toward the end of the course, participants receive on-the-job training at Japanese language institutions in Japan and abroad.