MEd, Educational Foundations

Typical Length 2 years

Delivery Campus-Based



Graduates with the MEd degree are expected to be able to analyze alternatives in educational thought, policy and practice related to the social and ethical problems faced by schools and other educational agencies at the state, national and international levels.

Who should consider this program

Programs in EDEF are appropriate for individuals in a range of positions. The M.Ed. in Educational Foundations is appropriate for k-12 teachers, school administrators, and staff and leaders working with school system, as well as individuals who work with community organizations and other non-governmental organizations in education-related capacities.

Common Careers

Graduates of the M.Ed. in Educational Foundations use their degree for professional enhancement and advancement in different ways. Many teachers pursue this master’s degree to inform their practice at the school and classroom levels, while others are interested in this degree because it can help them make a career transition to a position of leadership within school systems or in other education-related organizations. Given the broadly applicable nature of the courses in this master’s program, there are many possibilities.

Admission Requirements

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, Educational Foundations 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.

You may also include a sample of scholarly writing for consideration with your application to this program.

Two (2) 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
Application Deadlines
Starting Semester dEADLINE
Regular Fall Admission March 1
International Students Fall Admission January 15
Regular Spring Admission September 1
International Students Spring Admission August 1

How to Apply
Tuition & Funding

Tuition for the Graduate General & Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified program for the Fall 2019 semester:

  • $1,114/credit – Resident ($653 tuition + $451 fees)
  • $2,009/credit – Non-resident ($1,558 tuition + $451 fees)

Note: 8 credits is full time, most courses are 3 credits

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 Manoa Financial Aid Office (

It should also be noted that many full-time students are able to find graduate assistant positions across the university. These positions come with tuition remission, a stipend, and health insurance.

Delivery Format

Courses are offered primarily in the fall and spring semesters. To accommodate those with full-time jobs, most courses are offered in the evenings, usually from 4:30 to 7 PM. Some courses are offered online.


Culminating Project “Plan A” (Thesis Option): 30 Credits

Department Courses: 12 credits

  • EDEF 651—History of Education in America
  • EDEF 660—Philosophy of Education
  • EDEF 669—Introduction to Comparative/International Education
  • EDEF 630—Cultural Diversity & Education or EDEF 683—Social and Cultural Contexts of Education

Additional Coursework: 18 credits

  • One Research Methods Course; EDEF 678 or other approved research course (3 credits)
  • One Seminar (3 credits)
  • Two electives in area of emphasis (6 credits)
  • Thesis: EDEF 700 (6 credits – 5 credits of directed reading, convertible to 700 thesis, if desired)


Chair (full graduate faculty), member (graduate faculty), and outside member (full graduate faculty).

Culminating Experience

Oral defense of Thesis.

Culminating Project “Plan B” (Practitioner Inquiry): 30 Credits

Department Courses = 12 credits

  • EDEF 651—History of Education in America
  • EDEF 660—Philosophy of Education
  • EDEF 669—Introduction to Comparative/International Education
  • EDEF 683—Social and Cultural Contexts of Education

One Research Methods Course

EDEF 678 or other approved research course.

Additional Coursework

  • One Seminar (3 credits)
  • Two electives in area of emphasis (6 credits)
  • Plan B Paper: EDEF 649 (6 credits)


Chair (graduate faculty), second reader

Culminating Experience

Public presentation of Plan B paper

Advising & Faculty
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Alexander Means

Assistant Professor

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