MEd Educational Foundations: Global Perspectives on Educational Policy and Practice

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The Master of Education in Educational Foundations Global Perspectives on Educational Policy and Practice program was designed to prepare educators and policy researchers/analysts for leadership in educational and research settings. This unique master’s program will examine how globalization affects educational policy and practice in a multitude of ways from early childhood education through advanced graduate studies. Educational policy, at every level, impacts education and affects the daily lives of educators and practitioners throughout the Pacific Asia region. The impact of globalization, and resistance to it, shows up in such educational contexts as the curriculum, leadership, testing, “World English,” technology, and access/equity in education. The courses in this program will focus on topical issues that are common to all educational systems and are appropriate for education professionals in diverse geographical locations.

Join a vibrant community of exceptional scholars and professionals from the continental North America, Hawai‛i, and Asia to explore the world of educational policy through a globalization lens. The online program features ongoing, synchronous discussions that permit continuous dialogue and inquiry among participants across the Pacific Ocean. While most of the assignments and lectures can be accessed by students on their own time, weekly discussions will bring everyone together. Classes are online and require a computer with a microphone, speaker, and a dedicated internet link.

The next cohort for the program will begin in Fall Semester 2020.  Prospective students should apply for admission by March 1, 2020.  For application information, see "How to Apply."


The 22-month master’s program is available at the UHM online tuition rate.

Global Perspectives Schedule of Courses

Fall I - 6 credits

  • EDEF 675 — Intro. to Education Policy Studies
  • EDEF 667F — Foundations of Curriculum

Spring I - 6 credits

  • EDEF 767 — Seminar on the Educational System
  • EDEF 630 — Cultural Diversity in Education

Summer - 6 credits

  • EDEF 678 — Approaches to Educational Inquiry – Policy Analysis
  • EDEF 667B — Global Higher Education

Fall II - 6 credits

  • EDEF 610 — Foundations of Educational Theory
  • EDEF 649 — Field Studies for Capstone Projects

Spring II - 6 credits

  • EDEF 671 — Topics in Comparative Education
  • EDEF 649 — Field Studies for Capstone Projects

*Order of courses are subject to change

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