A new, unique online master of education program designed to prepare educators, administrators, policy analysts and other professionals for leadership roles will be launched in fall 2018 by the College of Education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
The new program takes a holistic approach in examining how globalization affects educational policy and practice in a multitude of ways—from early childhood education through advanced graduate studies and will connect participants across the Pacific.
The effects of globalization, including resistance to it, show up across the education system and in educational contexts such as curriculum, leadership, testing, “World English,” technology and access/equity in education. Courses focus on topical issues common to all educational systems and are appropriate for education professionals in diverse geographical locations.
“This innovative program will provide students with frameworks, tools and strategies for responding to the effects and pressure of globalization,” explained College of Education Assistant Professor Brent Edwards. “Moreover, by bringing together professionals from different world regions, the program not only has global perspectives embedded in the course content, but also benefits from the international perspectives and experiences of the students in the cohort.”
The online program invites a vibrant community of exceptional scholars and professionals from continental North America, Hawaiʻi and Asia to explore the world of educational policy through a globalization lens. It will feature ongoing, synchronous discussions that permit continuous dialogue and inquiry among participants.
The 22-month program, in the Department of Educational Foundations, includes a short in-person component during the summer, and most assignments and lectures can be accessed by students on their own time. All participants are eligible for the university’s online tuition rate.