MEd Educational Foundations: Educational Leadership

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Educational Leadership in the Asia-Pacific Region is a nationally award-winning master of education (MEd) program. Designed to allow teachers, administrators, and other educators to pursue study and research interests without career interruption, the program emphasizes the exploration of educational issues from cultural, philosophical, historical, and international perspectives. As part of EdLeads, students attend face-to- face sessions over two summers (five weeks each) with independent study and advising during the fall and spring semesters. The program embraces students’ research interests as well as the idea of professional leadership for teachers and other educators. With a vibrant community of students from all over Hawaiʻi, the mainland U.S., Asia  and the Pacific Islands, the program invites intellectual stimulation and social interaction. A former student said, “I loved the opportunity to discuss relevant educational issues with other professionals.” Another student said, “The cohort experience helped to build a strong culture of mutual respect and enabled us to open up and share on a deep level.” 

The application deadline is March 1, 2019 though students are encouraged to apply earlier. For more EdLeads information and application details, please visit the How to Apply page.


Cohort IX: Summer 2019 - Summer 2020

This cohort-based program is designed to meet the needs of teachers and other educators, and individuals who wish to broaden and deepen their understanding of educational problems. The Educational Leadership in the Asia-Pacific Region (EdLeads) program can be pursued without career interruption. The master degree granting program has a summer start date. The program runs for a period of two consecutive summers, each with five weeks of on-campus instruction, and including the intervening fall and spring semesters. The entire program—which is open to qualified applicants from Hawai‘i, North America, the Asia-Pacific region, and elsewhere in the world—may be completed in fifteen months.

On-campus face-to-face day schedule: June - July 2019 (1st summer); October 2019 (one Saturday) and March 2020 (one Saturday) in person or via Skype; June 2020 - July 2020 (2nd summer).

Delivery Options

Face-to-face courses are offered during two summers. The fall and spring semesters' field-based research course, focused on students' Plan B research projects, is offered online.

Program Costs

The pursuit of a Master's Degree is a major commitment. However, the investment is probably more affordable than you might imagine—especially for participants outside of Hawai‘i. In order to help you better plan, we have created a rough budget for you to review. Please note that your travel to O'ahu is not arranged through the University. 

Suggested Computer Equipment: A laptop is highly recommended as you will have little time to visit the library or access other public computers. During the periods away from the UH campus, students interact through the internet with instructors and each other. To participate, students must have access to a computer with Internet access.

Coursework: Cohort IX

Cohort IX starts with face-to-face meetings beginning in June 2019.

Plan B: *30 Credits

Summer I Tentative Courses = 12 credits

  • EDEF 630—Cultural Diversity and Education
  • EDEF 667F—Foundations of Curriulum Leadership
  • EDEF 610--Foundations of Educational Theory
  • EDEF 678—Approaches to Educational Inquiry

Fall and Spring = 6 credits

EDEF 649 (online)—Field Studies in Ed Foundations

Summer II Tentative Courses = 12 credits

  • EDEF 651--History of Education in America
  • EDEF 669--Intro to Comparative/International Education
  • EDEF 675—Introduction to Educational Policy Studies
  • EDEF 649—Field Studies in Ed Foundations

Plan B Committee

Chair (graduate faculty), second reader (with at least a master's degree)

Culminating Experience

Public presentation of Plan B paper

*All courses are tentative and scheduled to begin Summer 2019.

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