Information Meeting

An Information Meeting was held on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. 10:00 a.m. to noon at the School of Architecture Auditorium.

If you were unable to attend, here is a pdf version of the Power Point presentation.

Information Meeting Power Point Presentation

Information Meeting Presentation on Elluminate

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How To Apply

Program Brochure


Cohort I Starting Fall, 2011.
Deadline for admissions: April 1, 2011.

The College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa invites applications for the new EdD in Professional Educational Practice. The degree was approved by the Board of Regents on January 20, 2011, and the program will get under way in Fall semester, 2011.

The New EdD professional practice doctorate in education 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.

AERA defines doctoral research degrees in education as programs that prepare individuals for careers in research and scholarship in academic institutions, universities, research institutes, and the like.
Professional practice doctorates in education, in contrast, 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.

The EdD is in line with similar reforms in doctoral education initiated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It  is also in keeping with recent developments in the field at other research institutions.  The reform of doctoral degrees in education is supported by the Council of Academic Deans of Research Education Institutions (CADREI), the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the University Council on Educational Administration (UCEA), and leading experts in the field.

The EdD at the College of Education will be accessible to qualified candidates across the state, and require approximately sixty-four 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 coursework during the summer, fall, and spring semesters (40%), online instruction (20%), and participation in field-based projects during fall and spring semesters (40%).  

The following four principles have helped to guide the planning for this degree.

The preparation of quality educators in professional practice should
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