The UH Mānoa College of Education (COE) has introduced a new degree program in the Department of Educational Foundations (EDEF), which leads to an MEd with a specialization in Global Perspectives on Educational Policy and Practice. Designed to prepare educators, administrators, policy analysts, and other professionals for leadership in a range of organizational settings, Global Perspectives is an online program that will connect participants across the Pacific Ocean.

This unique online MEd program takes a holistic approach in examining how globalization affects educational policy and practice in a multitude of ways – from early childhood education through advanced graduate studies. The effects of globalization, including the resistance to it, show up across the education system and in educational contexts such as the curriculum, leadership, testing, “World English,” technology, and access/equity in education. Courses focus on topical issues that are common to all educational systems and are appropriate for education professionals in diverse geographical locations.

“This innovative program will provide students with frameworks, tools, and strategies for responding to the effects and pressure of globalization,” explained Assistant Professor Brent Edwards. “Moreover, by bringing together professionals from different world regions, the program not only has global perspectives embedded in the course content, but also benefits from the international perspectives and experiences of the students in the cohort.”

Global Perspectives invites 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.

The 22-month program includes a short in-person component at the COE during the summer, and most assignments and lectures can be accessed by students on their own time. All participants are eligible for the university’s online tuition rate.  For more information or to apply, please go here or contact Professor Xu Di at

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