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*M. Salzman, PhD (Chair)—cross-cultural psychology, cultural psychology, indigenous psychology
Cooperating Graduate Faculty
B. D. DeBaryshe, PhD—social development, parent-child relations, stress and resilience
Affiliate Graduate Faculty
M. E. Brandt, PhD—cognitive development, culture and cognition, alternative assessment
Degrees Offered: MEd in educational psychology, PhD in educational psychology
The Academic Program
The Department of Educational Psychology promotes inquiry in human learning and development within the context of a diverse society. Specifically, the major areas of study include human learning, human development, research methodology, statistics, measurement, and assessment and evaluation.
The department's MEd and PhD programs prepare individuals to perform career activities–basic and applied research, teaching and mentoring–in universities, school systems and other human service institutions and agencies, both public and private.
Graduate study is primarily oriented toward students with specific professional educational objectives, but it is also applicable to students who find a major in educational psychology congruent with their personal objectives.
Master of Education in Educational Psychology
The MEd program in Educational Psychology is directed toward increasing the candidate's competence in educational inquiry. In general, the domain of inquiry encompasses human learning and development in the context of education. Courses are offered in the areas of: statistics, measurement, evaluation, and research methodology; and human learning, cognition, and development. The program prepares individuals to provide instruction and consultation appropriate for all educational levels and conduct basic and applied research and evaluation in public and private educational settings. The program also has an emphasis in Measurement, Assessment, and Quantitative Methods (MAQM).
The Measurement, Assessment, and Quantitative Methods program is a 30-credit master's level program intended to prepare students for job positions in applied research settings in educational agencies, testing organizations, and profit/non-profit institutions. Successful students will be able to identify and evaluate evidence-based practices in education and relevant fields.
In addition to knowledge in introductory psychometrics, basic research methodology, and introductory statistics, this program will provide coursework in more advanced topics such as item response theory, general linear modeling, and multivariate and multilevel methods. In addition, students may have opportunities to participate in educational projects within the Hawai'i Department of Education, the Curriculum Research and Development Group (CRDG), and the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) in the College of Education, UH Manoa.
In addition to the application form required by the Graduate Division, prospective students must also submit:
[Note: Applications for admission to the MEd program must be received by February 1 (applications from international students are due January 15) for the fall semester, and by September 1 (applications from international students are due August 1) for the spring semester.] Application materials are available on the EDEP website.
After admission, the student and his or her temporary advisor detail a program of study, which includes a minimum of 30 credits for Plan A (Thesis) and Plan B (Non-thesis) candidates. Courses at or above the 400 level may be applied to an individual's program of study though a minimum of 18 credits must be earned in courses numbered 600-798. Up to 12 credits completed prior to admission to the program may be transferred for credit toward the degree. All students in the MEd program are required to take EDEP 408 (or 608), 416, 601, 611, and 661 and a graduate seminar (EDEP 768) as part of their 30 credits. Students in the MAQM program have additional requirements of EDEP 604, 616, and two elective courses from the following: EDEP 605, 606, 768D, 768E, or 768F. A minimum residency of two semesters of full-time study or the equivalent in credits at UH Manoa is required.
Relatively soon after entering the program, students are expected to choose between Plan A and Plan B options.
Plan A (Thesis)
Students whose objective is doctoral study are expected to define a Plan A program of study at the master's level. Plan A candidates must take at least 6 credits of thesis research (EDEP 700). At the discretion of the thesis chair, up to five credits of EDEP 699, previously completed, may be substituted for five of the six EDEP 700 credits. The Graduate Division requires that a minimum of 12 credits must be earned in courses numbered 600-798, in addition to six credits of directed reading (EDEP 699) and thesis research (EDEP 700).
The development of a thesis proposal is concurrent with the selection of a thesis chair and committee. The proposal includes a literature review that contextualizes the research question(s) within existing research and theory. The proposal also includes a description of the proposed research methods, including how the data will be analyzed. Students work with their thesis chair to develop their proposal. After the thesis proposal is defended and approved, Student Progress Form II is submitted to the Graduate Division and the student may enroll in thesis research (EDEP 700) at the beginning of the next academic semester. Students must register for at least one EDEP 700 credit during the semester in which they graduate and apply for graduation by the appropriate deadline.
It is the responsibility of the student to keep all members of the thesis committee informed of the scope, plan, and progress of thesis research. Copies of the completed thesis must be submitted to committee members at least two weeks prior to the date of the final oral examination by the committee. Upon successful defense of the thesis and subsequent completion of revisions, Student Progress Form III is submitted to the Graduate Division. When the final edited document is submitted to Graduate Division, Form IV should be submitted at the same time.
Plan B (Nonthesis)
The culminating requirement is a Plan B project/paper, an original educational inquiry resulting in a product that informs educational practice. The development of a Plan B project is concurrent with the selection of a Plan B advisor. Students develop a 8-10 page proposal outlining their projects that are then approved by their advisors. Not more than 9 credits in directed reading/research (EDEP 699) may be applied to meet degree requirements. A presentation of the Plan B project/paper is required during their final semester.
If candidates are not enrolled in other courses, they must be enrolled in at least one credit of EDEP 699, Directed Reading and Research. Students should enroll in EDEP 500 if all other requirements are complete. EDEP 500 is a one credit course evaluated on an Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis and does not count toward credit hour requirements. Students must apply for graduation when registering for their final semester of study.
The PhD program in educational psychology is directed toward increasing the candidate's competence in educational inquiry. In general, the domain of inquiry encompasses human learning and development in the context of education. Courses are offered in the areas of: statistics, measurement, evaluation, and research methodology; and human learning, cognition, and development. The program prepares individuals to conduct basic and applied research and evaluation in public and private educational settings and provide instruction and consultation appropriate for all educational levels.
In addition to the application form required by the Graduate Division, prospective students must also submit:
[Note: Applications for admission to the PhD program are considered for the fall semester only and must be received by February 1 (applications from international students are due January 15).] Application materials are available on the EDEP website.
Initial Faculty Advising
Upon entrance to the graduate program, each student is assigned a temporary advisor to facilitate the student's progress through the program. Initial assignment or choice of a temporary advisor in no way obligates the student to select the temporary advisor as his or her program advisor or to include the temporary advisor as his or her dissertation (PhD) committee member. Likewise, the temporary advisor has no obligation to serve on the student's dissertation committee. The system of temporary advisors is merely a way of identifying a specific faculty member the student can call upon for advice. The temporary advisor can be changed at any time, by mutual consent.
In order to maintain a close working relationship between the students and the faculty, students are required to undertake self-assessment activities every semester. After completing a written self-assessment, students meet with the EDEP faculty at the end of each semester to review and direct progress toward their degrees. Students who have successfully defended their dissertation proposal are not required to attend these meetings.
Procedure for Completing the PhD Degree
Each student works closely with members of the graduate faculty to define an individual program of study. A typical program spans three to five years of concentrated study within the broadly defined discipline of educational psychology.
Program requirements include (a) completion of required core courses; (b) completion of required interdisciplinary specialization; (c) college teaching experience (EDEP 711) in conjunction with one or more faculty members; (d) documentation of directed research experiences; and (e) a minimum residency of three semesters of full-time work or the equivalent in credits at UH Manoa.
Advancement to Candidacy: Completion of Core Courses
Students must receive a grade of at least B in all core courses. The purposes of the core courses are (a) to determine whether to encourage students to proceed in the PhD program; (b) to develop an appropriate plan of study; and (c) to advance to candidacy.
Dissertation Prospectus and Proposal
The development of a dissertation prospectus is done in conjunction with the identification of the dissertation committee chair. The prospectus is a 5-10 page description (exclusive of references) of the proposed dissertation that is developed in consultation with a prospective chair and submitted to the faculty. The prospectus includes the statement of the problem; its relevance to educational psychology; the design of the investigation; and analysis. If there are no major objections to this prospectus from the graduate faculty as a whole, the student develops a dissertation proposal in consultation with the dissertation chair and forms a doctoral committee based on mutual interest. Dissertation committee formation generally is intertwined with proposal development. The dissertation proposal includes a literature review that contextualizes the question(s) within existing research and theory. The proposal also includes a description of the proposed research methods, including how the data will be analyzed. A formal oral defense of the proposal is made by the student to the doctoral committee in order to confirm approval of the proposed research.
The comprehensive exam is taken after the proposal defense. Committee members typically formulate two or three questions that may be related to the student's proposal but may be broader in scope. Typically, students take between three to six weeks to complete the written comprehensive exam; however each committee determines the exact timeline. An oral defense will be scheduled after the written answers are turned in. The committee will have at least two weeks to read the written answers before the oral defense. When students pass the comprehensive exam, Student Progress Form II will be submitted to the Graduate Division. A student who fails any portion of the comprehensive examination twice will be dismissed from both the graduate program and the Graduate Division, unless recommended otherwise by the graduate chair.
Completion of the Program
It is the responsibility of the student to keep all members of the dissertation committee informed of the scope, plan, and progress of the dissertation research. Copies of the completed dissertation must be submitted to the committee members at least two weeks prior to the date of the final oral examination by the committee. Upon successful defense of the dissertation and subsequent completion of revisions, Student Progress Form III is submitted to the Graduate Division. When the final edited document is submitted to Graduate Division, Form IV should be submitted at the same time.
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