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Degrees Offered: MEd in educational psychology, PhD in educational psychology
The Academic Program
Educational psychology (EDEP) is directed toward increasing the candidate's competence in educational inquiry. Specific objectives of the graduate programs are (a) the development of competent scholars in the discipline; (b) the preparation of individuals to perform career activities (basic and applied research as well as teaching and mentoring) in school systems, colleges, and universities; and (c) the preparation of individuals to act as consultants or administrators in major areas of educational psychology, namely, human learning, human development, research methodology, statistics, measurement, and evaluation.
Program graduates can be found in more than a dozen countries serving as teachers, evaluators, personnel specialists, and learning specialists.
Students in educational psychology utilize advanced computer technology supported by the University's computer facilities. They may also gain research internship experience in the University's Curriculum Research and Development Group. Professional growth is further encouraged through departmental links to such institutions as the Hawai'i Department of Education, East-West Center, Kamehameha Schools, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, and Hawai'i Educational Research Association. Graduate study in Hawai'i offers unique opportunities for multicultural research, including the study of Pacific and Asian populations.
Prospective students are invited to contact the department for information and advice. Students are assigned a temporary adviser upon admission. At any time the student may change his or her temporary adviser to reflect mutual academic interests. At the end of each semester students meet individually with the entire graduate faculty to discuss their programs of study. Once students progress to the point of writing a proposal for a thesis or dissertation, they select a permanent adviser whose expertise coincides with the area of research to be undertaken.
In general, the domain of inquiry encompasses human learning and development in the context of education, as well as emphases in statistics, measurement, and research methodology. Applicants for the MEd and PhD in educational psychology are expected to be familiar with the fundamentals of measurement, statistics, research design, and psychological foundations of education. EDEP 311 (or its equivalent) is a prerequisite for graduate study.
All courses at the 400 level or above are potentially applicable to an individual's program of study, with the provision that all programs must conform to Graduate Division policies. Interdisciplinary study is particularly encouraged. Students in the MEd program are required to take 30 credits, including EDEP 416, EDEP 429, EDEP 611, and EDEP 661. There are no specific course requirements for the PhD.
There are two concentrations of study available in the master of education in educational psychology; both concentrations include four core courses as requirements.
1. Studies in Educational Psychology
After admission, the student and at least one member of the graduate faculty detail a coherent program of study which includes a minimum of 30 credit hours. For Plan A candidates, 6 of these credits must be thesis 700. The program of study is reviewed by the graduate faculty and, if deemed compatible with program goals, forwarded with endorsement to the graduate chair of the field of study.
Continuation in the master's program is based on satisfactory progress toward the degree as determined by the graduate faculty. The student's status is reviewed at the end of each semester in a meeting of the graduate faculty with the individual student.
2. Learning and Assessment
It is expected that students seeking the PhD will have demonstrated their motivation and potential through prior research involvement. Typical evidence of such involvement includes a master's research thesis; a published or publishable article, review, or report; or a coherent research proposal. Some document of this type must be submitted as part of the student's application for doctoral study. Students with insufficient prior research involvement may be advised to enter the master's program. Applications for admission to the PhD program are considered for the fall semester only.