The Tohoku University Faculty of Education was established after World War II in May 1949 with the purpose of promoting educational research and instructor training. In May 1953, the Master’s and Doctoral Programs, comprising of the two majors, Pedagogy and Educational Psychology, were established, forming the Graduate School of Education.
In April 1965, the Instructor Training Program separated from the Faculty of Education and relocated to the newly founded Miyagi University of Education. After the separation, several new majors were established and the Faculty and Graduate School developed into an institution based on educational sciences, with focuses on philosophy, sociology, public administration, psychology, and medicine. Beginning in 1998, the department underwent a large scale reform, including the enlargement of previous academic units and a shift of emphasis to graduate programs, in order to accommodate to social demands such as scientific advancement and the interdisciplinization of academic subjects.
The Faculty of Education have one Division, Educational Sciences, which is separated into two departments, Pedagogy and Educational Psychology.
In 2018, the Educational Informatics Division was integrated into the Graduate School of Education. After the integration, the Graduate School of Education has six research courses, Sciences of Lifelong Education, Education Policy and Social Analysis, Global Education, Educational Informatics and Innovative Assessment, Educational Psychology, and Clinical Psychology.