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Educational Foundations

Wist 113
1776 University Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96822

Tel: (808) 956-7817
Fax: (808) 956-9100
E-mail: edef@hawaii.edu
Web: www.hawaii.edu/coe/departments/edef


*Graduate Faculty

*H. McEwan, PhD (Chair)—curriculum theory, philosophy of education
*D. P. Ericson, PhD—philosophy of education, educational policy
*V. N. Kobayashi, PhD—comparative education, philosophy
*B. J. Lum, PhD—philosophy of education, policy studies, social and cultural studies, human development, moral education
*G. G. Reed, PhD—social and cultural foundations, values and education, comparative education
*E. H. Tamura, PhD—history of education, history of education in Hawai‘i, Asian-American history
*H. Tavares, PhD—politics of education, educational policy studies, critical theories of education

Cooperating Graduate Faculty

A. R. King Jr., EdD—philosophy, history of curriculum, sociology, higher education
L. K. Menton, PhD—history of education, history of education in Hawai‘i, 19th-century Hawaiian history

Affiliate Graduate Faculty

V. Levine, PhD—project design, project administration, policy analysis, financial and economic analysis
A. V. M. Ordonez, PhD—economics of education, educational policy analysis
M. A. Raywid, PhD—school restructuring, philosophy of education
Y. Takei, PhD—sociology, comparative/international education

Degree Offered: MEd in educational foundations

The Academic Program

Educational foundations (EDEF) is a broadly conceived field whose concepts and theory are drawn from academic disciplines such as history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, and religion; areas of study found within the broad frame of comparative, international, global, environmental, and multicultural concerns; educational policy studies; and efforts toward school renewal and community organization. Department faculty are committed to the use of interdisciplinary perspectives in understanding and assessing educational controversies and issues, contributing to educational change and school renewal, and advancing theoretical understanding.

The multiple perspectives embraced in educational foundations stand in opposition to the idea that a single intellectual and moral outlook and its associated behavior are compatible with education and schooling in a democracy.

Graduate Study

Master of Education in Educational Foundations

The department offers programs of graduate study leading to a MEd in educational foundations with concentrations in history of education, philosophy of education, social/cultural foundations of education, or comparative/international education.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MEd in educational foundations degree normally possess credits in undergraduate professional education equivalent to the requirements for the BEd degree at the UH. BA degree holders without supervised student teaching may be accepted provided they make a commitment to education, have equivalent experience (such as the Peace Corps), or make up such experience before admission to candidacy. Students from foreign countries, where English is not the dominant language, must also submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum score is 580, representing approximately the 64th percentile.

Degree Requirements

Advancement to candidacy is based on the quality of the student’s work while in the program.

Both Plan A and Plan B are available. Both programs require at least 30 credit hours. The following are departmental course requirements: EDEF 651, 660, 669, and 683 for Plan A and Plan B (strands I and II). Courses in fields of study other than educational foundations are normally concentrated in one or two of the following: American studies, anthropology, Asian studies, economics, history, philosophy, political science, religion, sociology, or other graduate fields within the College of Education.

Through a study of educational theory and practice using the fields of history, philosophy, and the social sciences, MEd in educational foundations graduates are expected to be able to analyze alternatives in educational thought, policy, and practice related to the social and moral problems faced by schools and other educational agencies at the state, national, and international levels. The great majority of students who do course and degree work in educational foundations plan to become or already are employed in school, college, or university teaching; improvement programs in the schools; departments of education; and governmental or private agencies. Graduates already possessing a basic teaching certificate are eligible for Hawai‘i state certification at the professional level.

Plan A (Thesis) Requirements

The Plan A program may include a maximum of 10 credit hours in approved courses other than educational foundations if related to the candidate’s announced goals. The thesis carries 6 credit hours. One seminar in the department is required, and no more than 2 credit hours of directed research (699) may be included in Plan A. The candidate’s committee, including two members from the department and one member from outside the department, conducts an oral examination on the thesis, which constitutes the final examination.

Plan B (Non-thesis) Requirements

There are four options (strands) within the Plan B Program including a summers only option. Depending upon the option chosen, the program may include 6 credit hours in approved courses other than educational foundations if related to the candidate’s announced goals. Either one or two seminars in the department are required and either 6 or 9 credits of directed research (699) may be included. Plan B requires a committee of two, one of whom is a graduate faculty in Educational Foundations. One option requires a final comprehensive examination. For the others, the presentation of a project of an educational nature along with a paper describing and analyzing the project constitutes the final examination in the Plan B.

Doctoral Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD) is a college-wide degree awarded for distinguished academic preparation for scholarly professional practice in the field of education.

Educational foundations is a specialization under the PhD program of the College of Education. The program prepares educational professionals with an understanding of the historical, philosophical, cultural, social, and political contexts of education so that they can make informed and wise decisions about educational problems and policy issues. Graduates with the PhD are expected to exert leadership in the field of education and deal with those aspects and problems in society that need to be taken into account in advancing educational thought, policy development and practice, especially where these concern the social role of the school and other educational agencies. The program of study varies in the number of credits, depending upon the candidate’s qualifications and will include the following: two 9-credit-hour semesters (not necessarily consecutive); college courses required of all students enrolled in the PhD program of the College of Education; department courses required of all students with a specialization in educational foundations; area of emphasis course work focused in history, philosophy, comparative or social/cultural foundations of education; cognate-field course work usually taken outside of the College of Education; a field project or an internship; qualifying and comprehensive examinations; and the dissertation.

For further information concerning the College of Education PhD program, see “Doctoral Degrees,” or write to the Graduate Chair, Department of Educational Foundations, 1776 University Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96822.

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