A thorough understanding of the information contained in this brochure
is assumed when a student formally applies for admission to the
Educational Technology Master's degree program. Further clarification
may be requested in writing. Because the number of students who
can be admitted is limited, the admission process is highly competitive,
and mere meeting of the established criteria (see below) does
NOT guarantee automatic admission.
Prior Academic Record
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in any field
of study is acceptable to the Department, provided the student's
undergraduate scholastic record is acceptable to the Graduate Division.
A "B" average (i.e., 3.0 on a 4-point scale) of the last 60 semester
hours of the undergraduate program is required for regular admission.
Commitment to the Profession.
Just as students in other professional schools (architecture, engineering,
law, medicine, social work, nursing, and the like) are expected
to have made career decisions with full understanding of the discipline
and what may be expected of the professionals in that field, the
faculty of educational technology expects that application for admission
will signify an applicant's serious commitment to prepare for and
enter the profession of educational technology. Only serious
applicants should apply, and only well qualified applicants will
The faculty of the Educational Technology Department have identified
two necessary prerequisites for entry into the program. The prerequisites
are known at the UH as pre-program deficiencies. Because
the two pre-program deficiencies are lab courses, they cannot be
formally challenged by the process known as "credit by examination."
Formal courses in the following areas constitute the prerequisites
for entry into educational technology master's degree program. Equivalent
UH courses are listed below:
- Media Production & Utilization UH equivalent: ETEC 414 "Media
- Computer Knowledge & Skills UH equivalent: ETEC 442 "Computers
Unless there is evidence in the official transcripts submitted
at the time of application for admission that the "deficiency" areas
do not exist, and such evidence is recognized and approved during
the admission process, the student will be expected to enroll in
such courses prior to enrollment in EdTech Core courses.
Removal of the deficiencies must, therefore, be considered in Program
Planning by the prospective student for either the preceding Summer
Session or even Spring semester. Applications will NOT be considered
without an applicant's commitment to remove the deficiencies prior
to (or at the extreme, during) the Fall semester of admission.
TOEFL (Intemational Students Only)
Students from other countries applying for admission to this
program must present with their applications the results
of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This applies
even to applicants who have already earned a degree at an American
university. Native speakers of English are exempt from this requirement.
The minimum score requirement is 650 (paper-based) or 280 (computer-based),
which represents approximately the 85th percentile standing. Because
spoken as well as written communication in English is extremely
important in this field of study, the student with even that score
may not be admitted until additional (non-credit) work in the English
Language Institute is completed to department's satisfaction. Information
on TOEFL can be obtained either from the Educational Testing Service,
or from a university in the student's own country. A separate document
available from the Chair of Educational Technology explains in greater
detail the departmental use of the TOEFL scores.
Information on TOEFL can be obtained either from the Educational
Testing Service, or from a university in the student's own country.
A separate document available from the Chair of Educational Technology
explains in greater detail the departmental use of the TOEFL scores.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE),
though no longer required, is still highly recommended
by the program, and in some cases may be requested by the
selection committee. The GRE provides a valuable information
for choosing only well qualified individuals from among the
scores of received applications. Availability of GRE scores
may, therefore, be an advantageous to both applicants and
the selection committee, as it will indicate the students'
qualifications as well as their commitment to enter the profession.
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This brochure provides detailed information on the program, but
should a prospective applicant desire clarification, the Department
Chairman should be contacted directly. As stated earlier in this
brochure, submission of an application for admission to the program
in Educational Technology implies a thorough understanding of the
Intent to Apply for Admission
Besides the usual demographic data, applicants must submit information
- the semester for which they intend to apply for admission;
- whether 2 or 3 years will be needed (and committed to) for orderly
completion of the program;
- the status of pre-program deficiencies.
Information about these items is vital for evaluation of each
application. It cannot be overemphasized that knowing each applicant's
intended length of program is important for departmental planning
- a 500-word essay stating the applicant's professional
goals is to be appended to the Intent Form (this essay must also
be included in the formal Application for Admission to a Graduate
Program). The applicant's writing ability will be judged primarily
on the content of the essay, and on the organization of its ideas.
Click on the Intent Form
to submit your intention to apply for admission. The print version
in PDF format is also available here.
Application Form (UH Graduate Division form)
The form is obtainable from the Department or from the Graduate
Division. It can be downloaded from the Graduate Division's home
page on the Internet (http://www.hawaii.edu/graduate)
in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat software is needed for downloading
and printing. The form must be filled out completely and legibly.
The item dealing with the applicant's long-range career objectives
and professional goals is the same as in the department's Intent
Form, but it must be included here as well. Payment of a
$25 application fee ($50 for international students) needs to be
Personal interview may be scheduled if and when the faculty
selection committee determines a need for further information from
local applicants. A prospective student from the neighbor islands,
another state or a foreign country must, in lieu of the anticipated
personal interview, submit either a ten-minute videotape or
a computer presentation, describing the applicant's personal, academic
and professional background and long-range professional plan. The
videotape must be in the NTSC standard, in the VHS format; computer
presentation need be in PowerPoint (either Mac or PC format) on
a ZIP100 disk or on a CD-ROM R.
The media should be sent directly to the Chairman, Educational
Technology, University of Hawaii, 1776 University Avenue, Honolulu,
HI 96822 (NOT to the Graduate Division as other materials),
and must reach the Department in time for consideration during the
admission process. The videotape will NOT be returned if the applicant
is not admitted to the program.
Letters of Recommendation
At least three letters of recommendation are to be submitted
directly to the department. These recommendations should evaluate
the applicant in terms of his or her potential professionalism in
the field of educational technology, not only in terms of academic
abilities to do graduate work. Faculty of the Educational Technology
Department should not be the recommending persons.
All applicants are encouraged to submit additional material or documentation,
or samples of work relevant to the evaluation and selection process.
(See particularly the suggestion about the GRE scores on the
What to Submit, When and Where
- To the Department Chairman
1776 University Avenue,
Wist Hall 232
Honolulu, Hl 96822
- "Intent to Apply for Admission" form as
soon as a commitment is made by the applicant.
- "Express Information Form"
- Three letters of recommendation
- Videotape or computer presentation (if
- GRE scores (if deemed useful by the applicant,
or deemed necessary by the selection committee)
- To the UH Graduate Division
2540 Maile Way, Spalding 354,
Honolulu, HI 96822
- Application for Admission and $25 application
fee by March 1 for Fall admission. (For foreign students,
the deadline is Jan. 15, the fee is $50.)
- TOEFL scores(if applicable) - test to be
taken not later than December preceding the Fall admission.
Notification of Admission Status
The Graduate Division notifies all applicants of their admission
or non-admission status when the program selection process is completed.
The notification letter can be expected about 10 weeks after the
application deadline. Admitted students must notify ASAP the
Graduate Division of their intention to register in the specified
semester (admission letter is valid ONLY for that semester).
Without declaring acceptance, the student will not be able to register.
Health Clearance Policy Requirements for Entering Students
Several health clearance policy requirements
are being strictly enforced, and newly admitted students need
to be aware of them. The information, forms and instructions
will be included in the new student packet sent by Admissions
and Records Office, but are highlighted here: The policy requires:
- A tuberculin (PPD) skin test within 12
months of enrollment, and a chest X-ray of the skin test
is positive. For foreign students, skin tests should be
performed at the Student Health Service after the students
arrive on campus. Note that the previous requirement of
a chest X-ray report prior to the issuance of the I-20 has
- Two doses of measles vaccination. This
requirement is waived only if the student was born before
1957, or can provide a physician-confirmed diagnosis of
disease or serologic evidence of immunity.
Tuberculin skin testing, measles vaccine and
serologic testing are available through the Student Health
Services (956-8965) for a fee.
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