MEd, Educational Foundations

Typical Length 2 years

Delivery Campus Based

30

Credits

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
Apply to UHM Graduate Division View This Task

You must submit a graduate division application.

Online Applications

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

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

For checklist item #7 (Planned Course of Study) select "Educational Foundations-MEd"

For directions and information on the UHM Graduate application process, go to the Graduate Division Forms page and select - Graduate Admissions Application General Information and Instructions.

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

Paper Applications

If you choose to submit a paper application you must download and complete the paper application (select “Graduate Admissions Application and Fee Payment Form”). Please carefully review the Graduate Division application instructions (select “Graduate Admissions Application General Information and Instructions”) and comply with the most current requirements and submission procedures.

It is a good idea to submit copies of all Graduate Division application materials to the COE department you are applying to with your COE application materials.

When completing a paper application, if you wish to qualify to pay resident tuition at UHM based on residency status or Board of Regents exemptions you should also submit the Residency Declaration Form.

Send your paper application along with Residency Declaration Form to the UHM Office of Graduate Education at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Completed Baccalaureate Degree View This Task

Applicants must have graduated from a University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) recognized, accredited, four-year institution of higher education prior to beginning the MEd, Educational Foundations program.

To check if you graduated from a UHM recognized institution contact the UHM Graduate Division at gradss@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-8544.

Undergraduate Cumulative GPA View This Task

An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The Graduate Division at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) requires an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission. Some departments however may admit students with GPA’s that are below a 3.0. Departments consider the GPA along with other factors when making their admission decisions.

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.

Statement of Objectives View This Task

A written statement of objectives as part of your application.

You are required to write a response to the following question as part of your application to the MEd, Educational Foundations program.



Use the following directions to submit your statement of objectives.

  1. Save your statement as either a word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.
  2. Name the file with your name and the word statement
    (e.g. StudentName_Statement.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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AlertYour resume or CV must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.

Or

Mail or Fax your Resume/Vitae to:

Department of Educational Foundations
Wist Hall Rm 113
1776 University Ave
Honolulu, HI 96822
Fax: (808) 956-9100

Sample of Scholarly Writing (Optional) View This Task

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

Scholarly writing may include a published research article, an unpublished manuscript such as, a research proposal, a thesis, a class writing assignment, or a professional research report written for your job. You can either upload a copy directly to Mākālei or mail a copy to the department.

Upload your sample of scholarly writing
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AlertYour writing sample must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.

Or

Mail your sample of scholarly writing to:

Department of Educational Foundations
UHM College of Education
1776 University Avenue, Wist Rm 113
Honolulu, HI 96822

Two Letters of Recommendation View This Task

Two (2) letters of recommendation

List two professional references who will write your letters of recommendation, e.g., supervisor, professor, advisor, instructor, etc. These references will be sent an email with directions for submitting the letter. Please verify in advance, the listed references have agreed to provide a letter and inform them they will receive an email with instructions. The College reserves the right to contact professional references other than those listed.

Name E-mail Phone Relationship Send
1.
2.

Please make sure the letters are submitted by:
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:
    • Department of Educational Foundations,
      University Hawai‘i at Mānoa,
      Everly Hall, Room 113,
      1776 University Avenue,
      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:

TOEFL -
550/79 (Paper/Internet)
Subtests:

25 Listening
25 Speaking

IELTS -
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
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
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 (finaid@hawaii.edu).

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.

Coursework

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)

Committee

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)

Committee

Chair (graduate faculty), second reader

Culminating Experience

Public presentation of Plan B paper

Advising & Faculty
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Alexander Means

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