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Fields of Studies

Fields of Study^ (2017 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 2017. 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 Course Coordinator concerned. 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:

(a)    Chinese Language and Literature

(b)    Chinese Language Education

(c)    English Language Education

(d)    English Language Studies

(e)    Language Across the Curriculum

(f)     Mathematics Education

(g)    Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

(h)    Teaching of Mathematics in an International Context

(i)      Youth Studies

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

 

1. Chinese Language and Literature
 
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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Course Coordinator Dr. S Y Ho
Contact 3917-2421, hosya@hku.hk

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

2. Chinese Language Education
 
Full-time and part-time

This 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 aims to promote research relevant to language in education in Hong Kong.

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Course Coordinator Dr W M Cheung
Contact 3917-8396, cwming@hku.hk
3. Comparative & Global Studies in Education & Development
 
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 (i) factors which shape education systems, processes and outcomes, and (ii) instruments for improvement of those systems, processes and outcomes. The comparisons in this specialist MEd programme 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 specialist courses will examine experiences through the lens of globalisation, identifying forces of continuity and change and the implications for educators.  The specialist courses 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 evolving objectives for education in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Course Coordinator Prof. Mark Bray
Contact 2219-4194, mbray@hku.hk
4. Curriculum and Pedagogy
 
Full-time and part-time

This specialism aims to develop an advanced (appropriate to Masters level) understanding of the curriculum field. Specifically, students will follow core courses that explore concepts and theories in the areas of curriculum conceptions and design, learning and pedagogy, curriculum policy and practice, and curriculum implementation. Upon the completion of the programme, participants are able to: (i) understand major curriculum theories and connect them to educational practices; (ii) understand major theories and discourses in learning and pedagogy and connect them to educational practices; (iii) understand curriculum as a profession and develop leadership to improve curriculum and pedagogy.

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Course Coordinator Dr Pang Ming Fai
Contact 2859-2428, pangmf@hku.hk 
5. Designing Powerful Learning Environments
 
Full-time and part-time

The goal of this specialism is intended to provide a strong foundation in the learning sciences for teachers and other educational professionals. The learning sciences focus on the intersection of three aspects of education: (a) theories and evidence about how students learn; (b) educational contexts (e.g. classrooms, museums, tutoring centers); and (c) technologies (in a broad sense -computer-based technologies, but also curriculum materials, and simple materials). The “educational context” in Hong Kong always includes a teaching subject (e.g. Liberal Studies or Biology) and the various elements of 21st century learning promoted by recent curriculum reforms (e.g. learning how to learn, inquiry-based learning, project-based learning). Students will learn to think about learning in all three of these dimensions, and learn to design and evaluate learning environments.

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Course Coordinator Dr Jan Van Aalst
Contact 2859-1956, vanaalst@hku.hk
6.Early Childhood Education
 
Full-time and part-time

The specialism aims to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to implement high quality and contextually appropriate early childhood education.    Specifically, the specialism will help participants acquire scientifically-based knowledge about early childhood development and education, develop a deeper understanding of contextual influences on children’s development and learning, and further develop their professional competence in planning, implementing and evaluating programmes of early childhood education and care.  Participants will also be encouraged to access to the most recent international knowledge in the field.

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Course Coordinator Dr Hui Li
Contact 3917-5283, huili@hku.hk
7. Education and Society in China
 
Full-time and part-time 

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

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Course Coordinator Dr Dan Wang
Contact 2859-1904, danwang@hku.hk
8. Educational Administration and Management
 
Full-time and part-time

This specialism provides educators with the theoretical background and research capacity to understand and analyze the practice of administration and management in education.  It covers: organization and management theories; school-based management; and educational leadership; legal aspects of educational management; and research methodology in educational administration. Other related topics include educational decision and policy making; and quality assurance and accountability in education.

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Course Coordinator Dr H M Ng
Contact 2859-2788, hmng@hku.hk
9. English Language Education
 
Full-time and part-time

The specialism aims to provide experienced teachers and language specialists with an appropriate theory-based framework within which to understand and investigate issues involved in English language education, in order that they can develop leadership roles in the profession. The specialism focuses on the development of participants’ language awareness, with a view to equipping them with the expertise necessary for a critical understanding of approaches to research and development in English language teaching and learning. The specialism also develops the practical skills needed for school-based classroom research, curriculum development and the implementation of innovations.

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Course Coordinator Dr Mairin Hennebry
Contact 3917 7606, mhennebr@hku.hk
10. English Language Studies
 
Part-time only

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

To stand a chance of being shortlisted for an interview and a writing test, applicants must meet all the following criteria: 

  1. not subject trained, i.e., not holding a first degree majoring in English/English education;

  2. preference will be given to those candidates who have completed a PGDE with a relevant major and are currently employed/will be employed in teaching ESL/EFL in primary/secondary school or adult/vocational contexts; and

  3. having achieved good academic results in previous studies.

Preference will be given to those who are currently employed/will be employed in 2016-17 teaching ESL/EFL in primary/secondary school or adult/vocational contexts. 

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Course Coordinator Dr Jim Chan
Contact 3917-6107, edjimcyh@hku.hk

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

+Programme recognized for exemption from the Language Proficiency Requirement (English Language).

11. Higher Education
 
Full-time and part-time

This specialism will aim at developing theoretical and practical competences in the following four areas: (i) Globalization and higher education; (ii) Policy analysis; (iii) Organizational change; and (iv) Academic roles and responsibilities. The conceptual framework in this course is built on theories and practices developed by the international inquiries in the field of higher education over the last decades and focuses on the most current ideas spearheaded by the processes of globalization, internationalization, cross-cultural interactivity, academic freedom, institutional autonomy, problem-based learning, quality assurance, access and equity, and others. The field engages an interdisciplinary perspective with major contributions from sociology, economics, political science, administrative studies, and comparative education. The specialism explores policy, management, curriculum development, teaching and learning issues developed and mitigated by various stakeholders in higher education: i.e. international agencies, national governments, funding bodies, academic associations, universities, polytechnics, community colleges, liberal arts colleges, research centers, academic health science centers, branch campuses, joint educational ventures as well as individual households. Special attention is given to the roles played by flagship universities in stimulating excellence standards and urging reforms in higher education systems across various jurisdictions.

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Course Coordinator Dr Anatoly Oleksiyenko
Contact 2241-5339, paoleks@hku.hk
12. Language Across the Curriculum
 
Full-time and part-time

This specialism is designed for content teachers who are directly involved in English medium (EMI) teaching as well as English language teachers who are involved in supporting EMI content teaching in their schools. It aims to provide both content and language teachers with both the linguistic and pedagogical principles and knowledge to develop and implement language across the curriculum (LAC) initiatives in their schools to improve both English academic literacy instruction and EMI content instruction.

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Course Coordinator Prof Angel Lin
Contact 3917-2784, angellin@hku.hk
13. Mathematics Education
 
Part-time only

This specialism is designed for teachers and other educators directly involved with mathematics education. It aims to provide a comprehensive overview that will cover relevant research and contributions to the discipline from a variety of perspectives, namely the social and cultural context, teaching and learning, the curriculum, philosophy, and the impact of technology.

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Course Coordinator Dr Ida Mok
Contact 2859-2536, iacmok@hku.hk
14. Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
 
Full-time only

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) recognized by the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) in the Asian area up to date.

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Course Coordinator Dr Chun Lai
Contact
3917-7087, laichun@hku.hk
15. Teaching of Mathematics in an International Context
 
Full-time and part-time

This specialism is designed for researchers, educators and pre-service or in-service Mathematics teachers in primary or secondary schools, especially those from direct subsidy scheme schools, mainstream schools and international schools, who want to excel themselves to research and teach Mathematics in local as well as various global contexts. The programme caters for practitioners in the teaching of the mathematics curriculum in Hong Kong, making reference to the teaching of other curriculum, such as International Baccalaureate (IB), GCSE etc. 

This specialism is recognised by the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) as a course provider of the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning and the IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research (DP). 

Please visit the following website for more information about the IB Educator Certificate: http://www.ibo.org/professional-development/professional-certificates/ib-educator-certificates/.

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Course Coordinator Dr Ida Mok
Contact 2859-2536; iacmok@hku.hk
16. Youth Studies
 
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 stuck, confused and alienated and do not feel to have the resources to move on resulting in frustration and failure. This specialism examines important issues, namely the power of media in youth’s lives, the society and culture influencing the development of youths, life education policy and curriculum, and the issue of education from an interdisciplinary and global perspective in theories and application. The first course looks at how the implementation of media literacy education can help students adapt to this new digital world of global village. The second course examines different theories, approaches and issues of life education for adolescents and youths.  The third course looks at other factors in society, culture, and youth development to 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 study of the four courses do not just discuss issues affecting youths; more important, this specialism examines what could be done to empower them to go through life in the age of turbulence.

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Course Coordinator Dr C K Cheung
Contact 2857-8365, cheungck@hku.hk
17. Teaching and Learning Chinese Language (Singapore)
 
Part-time only

Please note that this is an offshore programme and is delivered mainly in Singapore

Closing date for application specifically for Teaching and Learning Chinese Language (Singapore) programme is May 2, 2017 (12:00 noon).

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Click here for the direct application page for Teaching and Learning Chinese Language (Singapore) programme. 

Course Coordinator Dr Choo Mui Cheong
Contact 3917-5292, cheongcm@hku.hk

1.Educational Studies

 
Full-time and part-time

This specialism consists of one core course, two research methods courses, and then an open selection of electives followed by a dissertation or project. The core course considers the ways in which public education systems and private markets reproduce or challenge patterns of educational inequality. The core model also explores the role of the educational system in the promotion of social and economic development. This specialism also functions as a way for students to explore their interests as they consider topics for further study in their electives and dissertation or project.

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Course Coordinator Dr Hugo Horta
Contact 2859-2525, horta@hku.hk 

 

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