Program Overview

University of Hawaii offers a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Educational Foundations for professionals and experts in education whose career goals and professional interests involve progressing the field and study of education for developing children and adolescent learners. This may be done by developing an understanding of the history and philosophy of educational systems in order to make informed decision on educational policy. Students will be expected to become leaders in education and within educational organizations and policy-making organizations in order to shape the development of educational policy.

Students will focus on a specialized curriculum involving the development of students' educational and psychological development needs. Courses include History of Education in America, Philosophy of Education, and Introduction to Comparative and International Education.

Upon completing the program, students should have demonstrated their contribution to the field of education and demonstrated their professional qualifications for leadership roles within educational institutions and organizations. Those qualifications include the ability to demonstrate an advanced understanding of educational design and its place within the study of education, and connection to other studies within education. Graduates should also demonstrate professional and ethical leadership in scholarly, academic, and professional settings, as well as professional competence in the field of leadership in educational organizations, and have the capacity to evaluate, analyze and conduct relevant research in primary and secondary education.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    School Overview

    The University of Hawai’i System first opened as a land grant institution called the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Honolulu in 1907. By 1920, the school gained university status, changing its name to the University of Hawai’i. By the 1930s, UH began expanding its physical campus by adding other schools and awarding its first doctorate degree. World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor halted growth for a short period. However, expansion resumed in the 1950s, as the university introduced the Hilo Branch and the Asian Theater program. Throughout the twentieth century, campuses were established on the various islands, and academic programs continued to develop. The main campus in Manoa is the largest and oldest of the college campuses and is a land grant, sea grant, and space grant research facility. 

    More than 600 degree programs are offered through the University of Hawai’i, including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and graduate and professional certificates. Distance learning degrees extend from certificate and bachelor’s degrees to online master’s and doctorate programs.


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