Progressive Philosophy and Pedagogy
MEd Interdisciplinary Education, Curriculum Studies
Typical Length 2 years
The MEd-CS Interdisciplinary Education track with an emphasis on Progressive Philosophy and Pedagogy is a 30-credit graduate program designed for educators and scholars from diverse disciplines and contexts, who are interested in building our collective capacity for creating a better future society for today’s children. Unique to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM), this program is grounded in Hawai‘i’s long and rich progressive education movement and is built upon the UHM College of Education’s partnerships with a number of local schools and organizations, who are bringing the theories and practices of early progressive educators into the twenty-first century. Experiences in the program are framed around an initial series of face-to-face summer seminars, distance learning, and a two-week immersive field experience so program participants can continuously apply what they are learning to their home schools and contexts. Grounded in an “intellectually safe philosophical community of inquiry” learning model, participants wrestle with real-world problems first hand, critically examine the progressive education movement and its relevance to Hawai‘i, and collaborate to carry forward the larger project of social justice. At the program’s completion, participants submit a portfolio that demonstrates individual and collective progress around the program’s core values of: experience, inquiry, dialogue, action, and reflection. In addition to earning a Masters in Curriculum Studies, program completers will also earn a UHM College of Education Philosophy for Children Hawai‘i Endorsed Certificate.
“As a society becomes more enlightened, it realizes that it is responsible not to transmit and conserve the whole of its existing achievements, but only such as make for a better future society. The school is its chief agency for the accomplishment of this end” (Dewey, 1916, p. 20).
Formal and informal educators, scholars, and community members who are interested in the potential of progressive philosophy and pedagogy to both enhance their own professional practice and create socially just systems for the promotion of a diverse democracy.
Graduates are recognized for their advanced knowledge and expertise in progressive philosophy and pedagogy. They are prepared to be leaders in school and community settings. Additionally, they are eligible to teach and lead at the community college or university level.
Must have graduated from an accredited, four-year institution of higher education recognized by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), prior to beginning the MEd, Curriculum Studies: Interdisciplinary program.
An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.
A written statement of objectives as part of your application.
Your resume or CV.
Three (3) letters of recommendation
Applicants who are not native English speakers may need to take the TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) tests. For more information view the Graduate Division website.
International students are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)
International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses
How to Apply
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How to Apply
Courses are offered through Outreach College and regular day school. Depending on how the course is offered, participants pay either the UHM regular or Outreach College per-credit course rate and fees.
Financial assistance may be found at:
- Department of Curriculum Studies Merit-based Giving Tree Scholarship
- College of Education scholarships
- STAR website (please note that this is only accessible to students with a valid UH ID number – must be admitted as a student prior to looking for scholarships on this site)
- Graduate Assistantships and Campus Employment
- Financial Support section of the Graduate Division website
- Tuition Waivers (Graduate Assistant Tuition Waivers, Kua‘ana Tuition Waiver)
- UH Manoa Financial Aid Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- TEACH Grant
- Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness
- Student Scholarships (Hawai‘i Community Foundation, Hawai‘i Education Association Hawaii Education Association, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kamehameha Schools, other)
The MEd-CS Progressive Philosophy and Pedagogy track is a cohorted program. Students take 2-courses each semester for 5 semesters: Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer, and Fall.
- Summer: students meet face-to-face to engage in seminar coursework and progressive education school field-based experiences.
- Fall: students take two online courses delivered primarily via the ZOOM e-classroom system, requiring a computer with microphone and speaker as well as a reliable internet connection. The great majority of instruction is synchronous, i.e., everyone online “live” together. Students are also encouraged to attend and present at the national Progressive Education Network Conference.
- Spring: students take one online course delivered primarily via the ZOOM e-classroom system. They also work with program coordinators and community partners to identify a two-week (minimum) time period to engage in a face-to-face field experience in one or more of the the program’s partner schools (e.g. Hanahau’oli School and UHM’s Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education’s “model schools”).
- Summer: students take two online courses delivered primarily via the ZOOM e-classroom system.
- Fall: students take two online courses delivered primarily via the ZOOM e-classroom system.
Throughout the program students are encouraged to spend longer periods of time/residencies in and with the program’s partner schools.
The MEd-CS Progressive Philosophy and Pedagogy track is a 30-credit graduate program consisting of the following:
Required Core Courses:
- EDCS 622G: Curriculum Leadership (3)
- EDCS 606: Introduction to Research (3)
- EDCS 632: Qualitative Research Methods (3)
- EDCS 667G: Seminar in Curriculum Issues (3)
- PHIL 492: Philosophy with Children (3)
- PHIL 493: Teaching Philosophy (3)
- EDCS 630: Cultural Diversity in Education (3)
- EDCS 640M: Seminar in Interdisciplinary Education (3)
- PHIL 725: Seminar in Philosophical Topics (3)
- EDCS 695: Plan B Master’s Project (3)
Students complete a Plan B Paper/Project: Progressive Philosophy and Pedagogy Portfolio.
The MEd-CS Progressive Philosophy and Pedagogy draws its strength from the following community partners:
Our faculty and staff will provide you with guidance and resources to support your success from beginning to end. You will receive a dedicated faculty advisor to partner with you on your journey.