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Fields of Study^ (2018 September Intake)

When you apply for admission to the MEd, you will be asked to choose preferred fields of study and to indicate your study mode on the application forms. Applications are non-transferrable to other fields or study modes once an online application has been submitted.

The following fields of study are offered for admission in September 2018. Please note that most of them are available for both one-year full-time and two-year part-time modes, while some of them are only available for part-time study:

For further information about the fields of study, please contact the respective Specialism Coordinator. They can also be reached by fax at 2858-5649.

^The University reserves the right to suspend the offering of any field of study if the number of applications makes it insufficient to form a class. In the event that a field of study is suspended, applicants may have their deposit refunded.

 

EDB's Scholarship for Teachers (Pursuit of Master's Degree Programmes)

The Education Bureau (EDB) has launched an initiative called the Scholarship for Teachers (Pursuit of Master's Degree Programmes) for the 2017/18 school year. The Scholarship for Teachers aims to celebrate achievements of high-performing teachers and to encourage teachers’ pursuit of higher qualifications as well as to enhance their professionalism. It is offered to selected full-time serving teachers who will pursue part-time studies in the following MEd fields of study in the 2017/18 school year:

  1. Chinese Language and Literature
  2. Chinese Language Education
  3. English Language Education
  4. English Language Studies
  5. Language Across the Curriculum
  6. Mathematics Education
  7. Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
  8. Teaching of Mathematics in an International Context
  9. Youth Studies

Details can be viewed at the EDB website at: http://www.edb.gov.hk/scholarship_teacher.

 

Chinese Language and Literature (CLL)
 
Full-time and part-time

The specialism aims to provide teachers of Chinese language and literature with approved subject knowledge training appropriate to the postgraduate level, including studies in Chinese language, literature and culture. The specialism focuses in particular on the development of participants’ knowledge about various aspects of both modern and classical Chinese language, including phonology, grammar, lexis and discourse, as well as modern and classical Chinese literature, and Chinese culture, with a view to equipping participants with the knowledge and expertise necessary for high-level teaching in the Chinese language and literature field.

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Specialism Coordinator Dr. S Y Ho
Contacts 3917-2421, hosya@hku.hk

# Serving language teachers may apply for grants under the “Professional Development Incentive Grant Scheme for Language Teachers”.

Chinese Language Education (CLE)
 
Full-time and part-time

The specialism provides teachers, language educators and teacher educators with theoretical knowledge and the latest research developments in Chinese linguistics and language and enhances their pedagogical skills. This course also ams to promote research relevant to language in education in Hong Kong.

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Specialism Coordinator Dr W M Cheung
Contacts 3917-8396, cwming@hku.hk
Comparative and Global Studies in Education and Development (CGSED)
 
Full-time and part-time

Comparison is a fundamental tool for all forms of enquiry. When applied to education in an international setting, it assists in identification of factors which shape education systems, processes and outcomes and instruments for improvement. The comparisons in this specialism will be framed by theories and understandings of the forces of globalisation. These forces bring benefits for many people, but can also have negative dimensions. The specialism will examine forces of continuity and change and the implications for educators. It will also focus on the nature of development in an international context and on the role of education in the processes of development. This will include analysis of all levels of formal education (early childhood to higher education), and various types of non-formal education. It will include particular reference to UNESCO’s work in the context of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Specialism Coordinator Dr Liz Jackson
Contacts 2219-4195, lizj@hku.hk
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
 
Full-time and part-time Classroom mode / Blended learning mode 

This is an extension of Asia’s first-of-its-kind Master of Education in Language Across the Curriculum (MEd[LAC]) programme founded in HKU in 2012, one that has been gaining increasing popularity over the years, attracting local and international participants from Mainland China, Thailand and Korea in its recent cohorts. The new MEd(CLIL) programme (blended-learning mode) aims to cater for in-service and pre-service subject-based teachers and English language teachers in Hong Kong, Mainland China and overseas. It is designed for subject teachers who teach through the medium of English (EMI) and English language teachers who are responsible for supporting EMI content teaching. It equips participants with the linguistic principles and knowledge of practice to develop and implement language-across-the-curriculum initiatives in schools to improve both English academic literacies and EMI content instruction.

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Specialism Coordinator Prof Angel Lin
Contacts Tel: 3917-2784; angellin@hku.hk
Curriculum and Pedagogy (CP)
 
Full-time and part-time

The specialism aims to develop an advanced understanding (appropriate to the Master's level) of the curriculum field. Specifically, students will follow specialist courses that explore ideas and theories in the areas of curriculum concepts and design, learning and pedagogy, curriculum policy and practice, and curriculum implementation.

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Specialism Coordinator Dr Pang Ming Fai
Contacts 2859-2428, pangmf@hku.hk 
Education and Society in China (ESC)
 
Full-time and part-time 

This specialism aims to provide participants with sociological theories, contextual knowledge, and analytical skills to understand and analyse educational issues in China. The goal of the specialism is to cultivate in the participants the ability to critically analyse the influence of social, cultural, political, and economic forces on education in China. Specifically, participants will learn classical and contemporary sociological traditions, acquire a comprehensive knowledge about education in China and engage in in-depth analysis of one or more focus issues. The specialism will help students to understand China in the global context and to distinguish the unique Chinese character of its educational development.

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Specialism Coordinator Dr Dan Wang
Contacts 2859-1904, danwang@hku.hk
Educational Administration and Management (EAM)
 
Full-time and part-time

This specialism provides educators with the theoretical background and research capacity to understand and analyse the practice of administration and management in education. Topics include organisation theories; management theories; theories and strategies for decision-making; sociological perspectives of educational institutions; educational policy-making and planning; organisational psychology; accountability and law in education and research methodology in educational administration.

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Specialism Coordinator Dr H M Ng
Contacts 2859-2788; hmng@hku.hk
Educational Statistics and Measurement (ESM)
 
Full-time and part-time (Subject to the University's approval)

The specialism is designed for individuals interested in acquiring a wide range of methodological tools to become critical consumers and effective producers of quantitative research in education. At present, education professionals are expected to process and interpret quantitative information of increasing sophistication such as research that employs advanced quantitative methodologies and output from large-scale assessments (e.g., Programme for International Student Assessment [PISA], Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study [TIMSS]).

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Specialism Coordinator Prof Jimmy de la Torre
Contacts 3917-0362; j.delatorre@hku.hk
English Language Education (ELE)
 
Full-time and part-time

This specialism aims to provide experienced qualified English teachers and language specialists with an appropriate theory-based framework within which to understand and investigate issues involved in English language education. The specialism also develops the practical skills needed for school-based classroom research and curriculum development. Applicants should possess a first degree in a related area, a teaching qualification and a minimum of one year of teaching experience.

Entry requirements:

  1. Have obtained a minimum level 7 overall in IELTS or equivalent and no less than 6.5 in any skill (where applicable)
  2. Hold a first degree in a language related discipline
  3. Hold a teaching qualification
  4. Have at least 1 year of full-time teaching experience (discretion may be applied in considering individual cases

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Specialism Coordinators Dr Mairin Hennebry, Dr Man Kit Lee
Contacts

Dr Hennebry: 3917-7606; mhennebr@hku.hk

Dr Lee: 3917-4343mankit80@hku.hk

Gifted Education and Talent Development (GT)
 
Full-time and part-time (Subject to the University's approval)

The MEd (Gifted Education and Talent Development) is a professional graduate course designed for administrators, teachers, student affairs professionals, and guidance personnel concerned with various aspects of gifted education and talent development in schools and similar settings.

The course is based upon the belief that talent development is essential for all school students. The course provides not only the theoretical framework for gifted education but also practical strategies for organising and implementing activities that foster students’ creativity, talent development, social and emotional development, and career preparation. The course addresses participants’ development of key competencies necessary for implementing school-wide gifted education and talent development programmes. The participants in this specialism will be encouraged to reflect on their own practices and strategies in gifted education and talent development, which in turn can contribute to the building of a school-wide talent development system.

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Specialism Coordinators Dr Mantak Yuen, Dr Serene Chan
Contacts

Dr Yuen: 3917-8542; mtyuen@hku.hk

Dr Chan: 3917-6187; schan15@hku.hk

Higher Education (HE)
 
Full-time and part-time

The Higher Education specialism will equip you with analytical skills and methodological competencies needed in the context of unpredictable environments, conflicting ideas, and disruptive innovations. Over the last seven years, college teachers, administrators, service providers, content developers and policy analysts reportedly benefited from this specialism, delving into the intricacies of academic structures and cultures, leadership challenges, and governance concerns, compared across cultures and systems of higher education.

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Specialism Coordinator Dr Anatoly Oleksiyenko
Contacts 2241-5339, paoleks@hku.hk
Psychological Studies in Education (PSE)
 
Part-time only

This specialism is designed to familiarise teachers/educators with the basic concepts and principles of developmental, educational, and social psychology and their application in educational contexts. Strong emphasis will be placed on topics and issues in contemporary research and on relevance to the Hong Kong school and tertiary sectors. Topics covered include (i) learner characteristics (e.g., cognitive development, language development, moral development, psycho-social development, interpersonal development, other factors influencing student development such as individual differences in learning approaches, motivation, learning styles, and personality traits); (ii) teacher characteristics (e.g., concepts of teaching and learning, teaching styles, teaching approaches); and (iii) the process, context, and culture of learning (e.g., theories of learning, curriculum, pedagogy, learning how to learn, designing effective learning, classroom talk, assessment, computer-supported collaborative learning, and the Chinese Learner).

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Specialism Coordinator Prof Li Fang Zhang
Contacts 3917-2522, lfzhang@hku.hk
Science Education (SE)
 
Full-time and part-time

This specialism aims to develop teachers’ understanding of various issues and global trends in science education (e.g. STEM education) to enable them to contribute more effectively towards initiating, designing and implementing innovative teaching in science education in Hong Kong or worldwide.

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Specialism Coordinator Dr Dennis Fung
Contacts

2219-4607; clfung@hku.hk

STEM Education (STEM)
 
Full-time and part-time (Subject to the University's approval)

Details will be provided in due course.

Specialism Coordinator  
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Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL)
 
Full-time and part-time

This specialism is designed for pre-service and in-service Chinese language teachers, who are from international schools or schools with students studying Chinese as a second language and want to excel in researching and teaching Chinese as a second language in local and global contexts. This course caters for educators in the teaching of Chinese as a second language curriculum in Hong Kong, making reference to the teaching of other curricula, such as the IB, GCSE, IGCSE and AP etc.

This specialism is a course provider of the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning and the IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research (DP) for teaching Chinese language both as a second language and a first language recognized by the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization).

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Specialism Coordinator Dr Chun Lai
Contacts 3917-7087, laichun@hku.hk
Teaching Chinese Language and Literature in International Education (TCLL)
 
Full-time only (Subject to the University's approval)

The specialism equips the participants with knowledge and pedagogical skills in teaching Chinese language and literature. It focuses on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and other international curricula. It aims to enable participants to become effective teachers in international education, thus building their capacity to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and globally minded young people. It is a specialism requiring both coursework and a project. The course arranges teaching practicum experience in IB schools for pre-service teachers. The participants will explore theories and practices of teaching Chinese language and Chinese literature requiring critical thinking about teaching and learning.

This specialism is a course provider of the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning and the IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research (DP) for teaching Chinese language as a first language recognized by the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization).

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Specialism Coordinator Ms Wendy Lai
Contacts 3917-2538; wmylai@hku.hk
Teaching of Science in an International Context (TSIC)
 
Full-time and part-time

This course is designed for researchers, educators and pre-service or in-service Science teachers in primary or secondary schools, especially those from Direct Subsidy Scheme schools, mainstream schools and international schools, who want to excel in research and the teaching of Science in local and global contexts. The programme caters for practitioners in the teaching of the science curriculum in Hong Kong, making reference to the teaching of other curricula, such as the International Baccalaureate (IB), GCSE etc.

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Specialism Coordinator Dr Dennis Fung
Contacts 2219-4607; clfung@hku.hk
Youth Studies (YS)
 
Full-time and part-time

Young people today are facing many challenges. They go through the turbulent years of adolescence and emerge into adulthood under much pressure. Many feel stranded, confused and alienated and do not feel they have the resources to progress, resulting in frustration and failure. This specialism examines important issues, namely the power of media in their lives, the society and culture influencing their development, life education policy and curriculum, and issues of education from an interdisciplinary and global perspective in theory and in application. The first course looks at how the implementation of media literacy education can help students adapt to this new digital world global village. The second course examines different theories, approaches and issues concerning life education for adolescents and youths. The third course looks at other factors in society, culture, and youth development which can develop students’ talents, values and leadership skills to more effectively promote and sustain a democratic, equitable, and innovative society. The fourth course examines theories, models, practices, and issues of sex education policy and curriculum in Hong Kong and elsewhere. The four courses do not merely discuss issues affecting youths; more importantly, this specialism examines what could be done to empower them to live life in an age of turbulence.

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Spoecialism Coordinator Dr C K Cheung
Contacts 2857-8365, cheungck@hku.hk

1.Educational Studies

 
Full-time and part-time

This Educational Studies specialism combines a core course in the foundations of education with a flexible course structure. The core course introduces participants to three overlapping domains of inquiry. The first examines the ways in which education reinforces, reproduces, or challenges educational inequality by exploring a number of key themes: type and organisation of schooling, medium of instruction, private education, special educational needs and inclusive education, language, and student background (by gender, social and economic status and ethnicity). The second investigates, from a comparative perspective, the major features and current issues in educational systems worldwide, including Hong Kong. The third domain consists of the analysis, clarification, and re-imagining of the central concepts and assumptions upon which our understanding of education is based, drawing on the sociology of education.

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Specialism Coordinator Dr Hugo Horta
Contacts 2859-2525, horta@hku.hk 

 

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