Doctorate in Education in Professional Education Practice

Typical Length 38 months

Delivery Campus-Based



The Education Doctorate in Professional Educational Practice (EdD), is in line with the call from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) to offer advanced degrees in professional practice that are distinct from doctoral research degrees in education. These advanced degree EdD programs are aimed at preparing professionals for leadership roles through application of research, assessment, and evaluation in education settings.

The EdD is in line with reforms to doctoral education advocated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the following organizations:

  • the Council of Academic Deans of Research Education Institutions (CADREI)
  • the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • the American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • the University Council on Educational Administration (UCEA),
  • and leading experts in the field.

The EdD is a WASC accredited doctoral degree program and envisions for program graduates to become educational leaders who work collaboratively, apply research and theory, reflect critically and ethically, and utilize broad, interdisciplinary perspectives to recognize, create, advocate, implement, evaluate, and enhance spaces of social justice across Hawaiʻi and beyond.

Who should consider this program

The program invites educational (P-20) and community leaders who are seeking a doctorate that advances social justice initiatives to improve the lives of learners.

Common Careers

Principals, Vice Principals, Heads of School, District Superintendents, Higher Education Administrators, University Faculty

Admission Requirements
Apply to UHM Graduate Division View This Task

You must submit a graduate division application.

To submit your application please go to the UHM online application.

Make sure you choose the application type “Graduate Studies”.

Information for prospective students can be found on the prospective students page of the UHM Graduate Division website.

Completed Master's Degree or Equivalent View This Task

Applicants must have graduated, or will graduate, from a UHM recognized, accredited, master’s degree program or equivalent prior to beginning the Professional Ed Practice EdD program. Please contact the EdD program to determine the equivalency of your program.

Prior Experience View This Task

Ed.D. students are expected to have at least five years of educational leadership experience before starting their doctoral studies.

Please state how you meet the equivalent of 5 years experience:

Upload your Experience Equivalency Statement
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Submitted Transcripts View This Task

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

You should also including transcripts from, any study abroad or exchange programs, summer programs, and non-degree work and extension programs. Your official transcripts need to be sent directly to the Graduate Division from the issuing institution(s), or in sealed institutional envelopes if submitted with the application.

UH Transcripts

Transcripts are not required for course work completed at any of the UH campuses. Graduate Division Student Services will obtain UH transcripts on behalf of applicants.

International Students

Refer to the Office of Graduate Education International Admissions Requirements website for specific international requirements.

Send your official transcripts to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Unofficial Transcripts

You may submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts directly to the department. However, you are still required to have your official transcripts sent directly to the UH Mānoa Graduate Division at the address above.

Upload your unofficial transcripts.
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Submitting unofficial transcripts to the department alone does NOT meet the transcripts requirement.

Video Submission View This Task

You are required to create a 3 minute video as part of your application.

Please create a 3 minute video answering the following question:

How will you contribute to the program and cohort?

  • Upload your video to YouTube
Letter of Application View This Task

You are required to write a Letter of Application as part of your application.

After a short introduction about yourself, please respond to the prompt: What social justice problem of practice will you want to address as a member of Cohort IV? Describe your personal and professional dispositions that would contribute to your overall success and growth in the program. The purpose here is to assist us in understanding a social justice problem of practice you may want to address as a member of this program. (1,000 words max)

Use the following directions to submit your Letter of Application.

  1. Save your letter as either a word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.
  2. Name the file with your name and the word letter
    (e.g. StudentName_letter.pdf).
  3. Upload your statement to Mākālei
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Submit Resume or Curriculum Vita (CV) View This Task

Your resume or CV.

You are required to submit your resume or CV. You can either upload a copy directly to Mākālei or mail or fax a copy to the department.

Upload your resume or CV
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Mail or Fax your Resume/Vitae to:

EdD Program
UHM College of Education
1776 University Avenue, Wist Rm 113
Honolulu, HI 96822
Fax: (808) 956-9100

Writing Sample View This Task

Submit an academic writing sample of no more than 1,000 words.

  1. Watch the video by Dr. Jamaica Osorio, Kumulipo on YouTube.
  2. Write a response to the video.

Upload your writing sample
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Three Letters of Recommendation View This Task

Three (3) letters of recommendation

Three completed Recommendation forms (PDF form fillable) are required to support your application. These letters should be submitted by those who can assess you in the following arenas: 1) professional, 2) academic, 3) personal. Your references may choose to submit a supporting letter, but it is not required.

The three references you list will be emailed a copy of the Recommendation form. However if you would like to personally deliver the form you can down your own copy of the Recommendation Form.

List the three professional references below:

Name E-mail Phone Relationship Send

Please make sure the letters are submitted by: November 1
Letters can be submitted by one of the following:

  1. Upload to Mākālei (preferred):
    • You will be able to see any letters that are uploaded into Mākālei. If you or your references want the letters to be private, letters should be faxed or mailed in.

  2. Fax: (808) 956-9100
  3. Mail:
    • EdD Program
      UHM College of Education
      1776 University Avenue, Wist Rm 113
      Honolulu, HI 96822

English Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) View This Task

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. For more information on the TOEFL and IELTS tests and to determine if you need to take them please visit the Graduate Division's English Proficiency website.

Minimum acceptable scores for the 2 tests are:

600/100 (Paper/Internet)

25 Listening
25 Speaking

6.00 for the Overall band test results

Send your official scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Identification Documents View This Task

International students are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)

As required by U.S. federal regulations, all international applicants are required to submit a copy of their passport identification pages, or a copy of their national identification card if a passport is not available.

Send your identification documents to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses ,including expenses for any accompanying spouse or children. Upon admission to UHM, only international applicants with proof of funding will receive visa documents. The Confidential Financial Statement Form for International Applicants is required of most international applicants.

Send your financial statement to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

How to Apply
Application Deadlines
Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Fall NA NA
Spring NA NA
Summer November 1 November 1

Note: Next admission is for Summer 2023.  Applications will open in Fall 2022.

How to Apply

This is a cohorted program that admits one cohort per cycle – every three years. The next cohort will be admitted for in Summer 2023. The program meets Saturdays at UH Manoa during the semester and for several weeks during the summer.  Field work is required of all students.


The EdD at the College of Education will be accessible to qualified candidates across the state, and require approximately sixty-four semester hours of credit spread over three years of study. Students will be organized in cohorts to encourage collaboration on projects. Instruction will be conducted in a combination of:

  •     Face-to-face coursework during the summer, fall, and spring semesters at UH Manoa (50%)
  •     Participation in field-based projects during fall and spring semesters (50%)
Tuition & Funding

Students enrolled in the EdD in Professional Practice program will be assessed a tuition of $701 per credit for residents. Program costs may change and are associated with the official tuition schedule. In addition, there are costs associated with books, software, travel, and other incidentals.

There are many resources available to help graduate students pay for college, including College of Education scholarships. There are also several scholarships listed generally through the 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) and the Financial Support section of the Graduate Division website. For more information on financial aid and additional resources, please visit the UH Mānoa Financial Aid Office (

Planning Principles Guiding the EdD Degree

The following Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) guiding principles of program design have helped to guide the planning for the EdD Degree:

Principle 1: Addresses questions of equity, ethics, and social justice.

Principle 2: Prepares leaders who can construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

Principle 3: Develops and demonstrates collaboration and communication skills to work with diverse communities and to build partnerships.

Principle 4: Provides field-based opportunities to analyze problems of practice and use multiple frames to develop meaningful solutions.

Principle 5: Integrates practical and research knowledge with theory and systemic and systematic inquiry.

Principle 6: Emphasizes the generation, transformation, and application of professional knowledge and practice.


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