College of Education
The College of Education offers MEd degrees in curriculum studies, early childhood education, educational administration, educational foundations, educational psychology, learning design and technology, and special education. The MEd programs in curriculum studies and early childhood education are in the Department of Curriculum Studies. Other MEd programs are in departments of the same name.
The College of Education also offers Master of Science degrees in Athletic Training (AT) and Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science (KRS). The MS degree in AT is a two-year program with primary focus in either the Professional Athletic Training Education Program or Post-professional Athletic Training Education Program. The MS degree in KRS is designed as a two- to three-year program of study for students with advanced knowledge, skills, research, and clinical/field experiences in one of the following program areas: Physical Activity, Adapted Physical Activity, and Rehabilitation Counselor Education.
The MEdT, a two-year, field-based program, is designed for students who have earned baccalaureate degrees in fields other than education. Graduates are eligible for state teacher licensure in either elementary or secondary education. See the "Institute for Teacher Education" for more information.
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
M. J. Noonan , PhD (Chair)—moderate and severe disabilities, early childhood special education, applied behavior analysis
Cooperating Graduate Faculty
T. Jackson, PhD—philosophy for children
Affiliate Graduate Faculty
K. Au, PhD—literacy, cultural identity
The doctor of philosophy in education (PhD) is a college-wide degree awarded for distinguished academic preparation for professional practice and research in the field of education. The program is designed to enhance and facilitate educational, social, and economic growth locally, nationally, and internationally with a pool of highly qualified educational scholars and leaders.
The quality of a candidate's work is judged by a variety of experiences, which include the College of Education general and specialization area courses, culminating in a field project or internship, a set of comprehensive and final examinations, and a dissertation. The dissertation is based on a selected research problem and is a significant part of the candidate's experience. Six areas of specialization are currently available: curriculum and instruction, educational administration, educational foundations, educational policy studies, exceptionalities, and kinesiology.
Application for admission to the PhD program will be considered for the fall semester only and is made to Graduate Education and to the College of Education. Students must meet the requirements of both the Graduate Education and the College of Education, including acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing assessment. Applicants from foreign countries where English is not the dominant language are required to have a TOEFL score of 600 (regardless of degree completion from other U.S. institutions). A master's degree from an accredited university or college is required with evidence of a minimum of three years of experience in the field of education. The applicant must demonstrate competence in writing and present a written statement of career goals and academic objectives. At least three letters of recommendation are required. An oral interview may be conducted.
For further information, applicants may contact the PhD in Education Program at (808) 956-7913.
Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction
The specialization in Curriculum and Instruction develops educational leaders in curriculum development, teaching, curriculum evaluation, and/or teacher education and professional development. The program varies in the number of credit hours required, depending upon the candidate's qualifications, and includes courses required for all doctoral students enrolled in the College of Education; courses in an area of specialization, such as issues and trends in curriculum, teaching and learning, curriculum and program evaluation, and research on teacher education and professional development; breadth courses; a field project or an internship in college teaching; and the dissertation.
Specialization in Educational Administration
The primary purpose of this area of specialization is to develop educational leaders in elementary, secondary, and higher education settings. Areas of emphasis within the program include management and leadership, organizational theory, policy and governance, organizational socialization, and research methods.
The program includes courses required of all doctoral students in the college, courses in an area of specialization (K–12 or higher education), courses taken outside the department, a field project/internship or an apprenticeship in college teaching, and the dissertation.
Specialization in Educational Foundations
This area of specialization 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 required, depending upon the candidate's qualifications; college and departmental course requirements; course work focused on an area of emphasis in history, philosophy, or comparative or social foundations of education; courses outside the department; a field project/internship or an apprenticeship in college teaching; qualifying and comprehensive examinations; and the dissertation.
Specialization in Educational Policy Studies
Educational policy studies consists of a multidisciplinary program of study and research concerned with identifying and ameliorating significant educational problems. It draws upon concepts and research methods from a variety of fields (including the social sciences, history, law, and philosophy) in defining problems and formulating solutions. The purpose of this specialization is to prepare professionals from diverse backgrounds for effective informed engagement in this process. At the same times, it prepares such persons to pursue research and service agendas geared toward lifting policy analysis, discourse, and action to new levels. The program varies in the number of credit hours required, depending upon the candidate's qualifications, and includes courses required of all doctoral students in the college, courses in the specialization, breadth courses taken outside the specialization, a field project/internship, or an apprenticeship in college teaching, and the dissertation.
Specialization in Exceptionalities
This area of specialization prepares professionals to work as leaders in the education and support of individuals who have unique needs, often due to disabilities. The field is broad, addressing life-span concerns and involving such services as special education, advocacy, family support, community services, and vocational training and support. Graduates of the program are expected to assume leadership roles addressing local, regional, national, and international issues related to research and higher education and/or program development and evaluation. The program varies in the number of credit hours required, depending on the candidate's qualifications, and includes courses required by the college, courses in the specialization, courses that provide an emphasis/breadth, a field project/internship or an apprenticeship in college teaching, and the dissertation.
Specialization in Kinesiology
This area of specialization prepares professionals to work as leaders in adapted physical activity or athletic training (BOC), and applied biomechanics. This discipline is based in the biological and physical sciences as well as in education. This foundation will be reinforced via course work, research, clinical/practical experiences in teaching, supervision, and mentorship experiences in the two areas specified above.
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology (PhD)
See "Educational Psychology."
Doctor of Philosophy in Learning Design and Technology (PhD)See "Learning Design and Technology."
Doctor in Professional Education Practice (EdD)
The EdD professional practice doctorate in education is in line with the recent call by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) to offer advanced degrees of professional practice that are distinct from doctoral research degrees in education. Professional practice doctorates in education are advanced degree programs aimed at preparing professionals for leadership roles at all levels of education, as well as in other positions where the main interest is the application of research in education settings.
Completing the EdD Degree
The EdD at the College of Education will be accessible to qualified candidates across the state, and requires approximately 64 semester hours of credit spread over three years of study. Students will be organized in cohorts to encourage collaboration on projects. Instruction will be conducted in a combination of face-to-face course work during the summer, fall, and spring semesters (40%), online instruction (20%), participation in field-based projects during fall and spring semesters (40%).
The COE invites applications from prospective students with outstanding academic records and demonstrated potential to succeed in a professional practice doctoral program. The following is a summary of admissions requirements and course work. Detailed information is available on the COE website: coe.hawaii.edu/academics/educational-foundations/edd.
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