Educational Foundations: Educational Leadership

University of Hawaii at Manoa

15 months
33648 USD/year
33648 USD/year
15600 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Designed to allow teachers, administrators, and other educators to pursue study and research interests without career interruption, the Educational Foundations: Educational Leadership program at University of Hawaii at Manoa emphasizes the exploration of educational issues from cultural, philosophical, historical, and international perspectives.  


As part of Educational Foundations: Educational Leadership, students attend face-to- face sessions over two summers (five weeks each) with independent study and advising during the fall and spring semesters. The program embraces students’ research interests as well as the idea of professional leadership for teachers and other educators. 

With a vibrant community of students from all over Hawai‘i, the mainland U.S., Asia nd the Pacific Islands, the program invites intellectual stimulation and social interaction

This cohort-based program is designed to meet the needs of teachers and other educators, and individuals who wish to broaden and deepen their understanding of educational problems. The Educational Leadership in the Asia-Pacific Region (EdLeads) program can be pursued without career interruption. 

The master degree granting program has a summer start date. The program runs for a period of two consecutive summers, each with five weeks of on-campus instruction, and including the intervening fall and spring semesters. 

The entire program—which is open to qualified applicants from Hawai‘i, North America, the Asia-Pacific region, and elsewhere in the world—may be completed in fifteen months.

Multicultural Global Experience

Committed to being the leading indigenous serving university in the country, University of Hawaii at Manoa proudly delivers a unique multicultural global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning, with a long history of adherence to the principles of sustainability and the essence of aloha—truly like nowhere else on earth.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Cultural Diversity and Education
  • Foundations of Curriulum Leadership
  • History of Education
  • Approaches to Educational Inquiry
  • Foundations of Educational Theory
  • Topics in Comparative Education
  • Introduction to Educational Policy Studies
  • Field Studies in Ed Foundations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


  • Semi-structured
  • Regular mandatory meetings
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be eligible, an applicant must hold or expect to hold prior to matriculation a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent degree from a recognized non-U.S. institution of higher education. At minimum, the applicant needs to demonstrate above average academic performance (B average, usually a 3.0 on a 1.0-4.0 scale) for undergraduate course work and for any post-baccalaureate or graduate course work. 
  • Because the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of spaces available, admission is competitive.  Meeting minimum admissions standards does not guarantee admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16824 USD per semester and a duration of 15 months.
  • National

    33648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16824 USD per semester and a duration of 15 months.
  • In-State

    15600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7800 USD per semester and a duration of 15 months.


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Educational Foundations: Educational Leadership
University of Hawaii at Manoa