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Fields of Study^ (2019 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 2019. 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 full-time or part-time study only:

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) - 2018/19 academic year

The Education Bureau (EDB) has launched an initiative called the Scholarship for Teachers (Pursuit of Master's Degree Programmes) for the 2018/19 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 2018/19 school year:

  1. Chinese Language and Literature
  2. Chinese Language Education
  3. Content and Language Integrated Learning
  4. English Language Education
  5. Gifted Education and Talent Development
  6. Psychological Studies in Education
  7. Science Education
  8. STEM Education
  9. Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
  10. Teaching Chinese Language and Literature in International Education
  11. Teaching of Science in an International Context
  12. Youth Studies

Please refer to the EDB website at: http://www.edb.gov.hk/scholarship_teacher for more information.

 

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 Lam Wai Ip
Contacts 3917-5282, jwilam@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

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, Korea and Canada in its recent cohorts. The CLIL specialism aims to cater for more content and language in-service and pre-service teachers in Hong Kong, Mainland China as well as overseas. It is designed for subject teachers who are directly involved in English medium instruction (EMI) and English language teachers who have a role to play in 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 literacy and EMI content instruction.

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Specialism Coordinator (Classroom mode) Ms Nicole Tavares
Contacts 2857-7142; tavaresn@hku.hk
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
 
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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Specialism Coordinator Professor Nirmala Rao
Contacts 2859-7604, nrao@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 Vincent Wong
Contacts 2859-2986; wongvin@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 Man Kit Lee
Contacts 3917-4343; mankit80@hku.hk
Guidance and Counselling (GC)
 
Full-time and part-time

The MEd (Guidance and Counselling) is a graduate professional specialism designed for administrators, teachers, student affairs professionals, and guidance personnel concerned with various aspects of educational guidance, career education and counselling in schools and similar settings. The specialism is based upon the belief that personal-social, academic and career development is essential for all school students. This specialism is based on the ‘systems approach’ as a conceptual framework, and addresses approaches that schools may employ in strengthening Domain Three―Student Support and School Ethos. Awareness of the overall framework will assist in school self-evaluation and external school review. The specialism provides not only the theoretical framework but also practical strategies for organizing and implementing guidance activities that foster students’ whole-person development. This specialism addresses the competencies teachers are required to display in the Dimension “Pastoral Care for Students” as an important aspect of their continuing professional development (ACTEQ, 2003).

This specialism addresses participants’ development of key competencies necessary for implementing comprehensive guidance and career education programmes in educational settings. The participants in this specialism will be encouraged to reflect on their own practices and strategies in guidance and counselling, which in turn can contribute to the building of a comprehensive guidance system. The aim is to develop their ability to find creative solutions to various critical issues in student development in Asian cultural contexts. Attention will be given to designing and implementing a guidance curriculum, the provision of career-related activities, and the development of policy and support related to student guidance, student affairs, career education and counselling. The specialism places emphasis on the delivery of student guidance as a whole-school approach, with strategies and skills pertinent to guidance, counselling, and discipline. It covers: mastery of individual and group counselling skills to support students, parents and teachers; guidance strategies for fostering students’ personal, social, career and talent development; supporting students in distress; and crisis intervention.

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Specialism Coordinators Dr M T Yuen, Dr Queenie Lee
Contacts

Dr Yuen: 3917-8542, mtyuen@hku.hk

Dr Lee: 3917-0373; qclee@hku.hk

Health Professions Education (HPE)
 
Full-time and part-time 

(The offer of specialism is subject to the University's approval)

This joint specialism delivered by both the Faculty of Education and the Bau Institute of Medical & Health Sciences Education (BIMHSE) of the LKS Faculty of Medicine aims to advance the field of Health Professions Education (HPE) in Hong Kong and internationally. This specialism is for educators in the health sciences disciplines who are looking to enhance clinical supervision, lead educational change and transform students’ lives. It will support innovation in educational design and delivery in light of the latest research on learning and teaching. Graduates will also have the capacity to develop and evaluate educational quality in healthcare organisations. The MEd (HPE) will also provide a recognised platform from which graduates could pursue research at doctoral levels (EdD or PhD).

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Specialism Coordinator Dr Susan Bridges and Dr Weng Y. Chin
Contacts

Dr Bridges (Tel: 3917-0359; Email: sbridges@hku.hk)

Dr Chin (Email: chinwy@hku.hk)

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

This specialism strengthens competencies and confidence of university and college managers to navigate the cutting-edge ideas and the best practices of higher education leadership, team-building, international and cross-cultural communication, problem-solving, complex data management, shared governance, and quality assurance. The courses draw on interdisciplinary perspectives that are contributed by sociology, economics, political science, administrative studies, and comparative education. The learning process is driven by practical insights from experienced professionals of international agencies, national governments, funding bodies, academic associations, universities, polytechnics, community colleges, liberal arts colleges, research centers, academic health science centers, branch campuses, and joint educational ventures.

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Specialism Coordinator Dr Anatoly Oleksiyenko
Contacts 2241-5339, paoleks@hku.hk
Mathematics Education (ME)
 
Full-time and part-time

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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Specialism Coordinator Dr Ida Mok
Contacts 2859-2536, iacmok@hku.hk
Psychological Studies in Education (PSE)
 
Full-time and part-time 

This specialism is designed to familiarize teachers/educators/individuals interested in psychological studies in education 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 schools and higher educational institutions in Hong Kong, mainland China, and the rest of the world. Sample topics covered are (i) learner characteristics (e.g., cognitive development, language development, moral development, psychosocial development, interpersonal development, and factors influencing student development such as individual differences in learning approaches, motivation, and learning styles); (ii) teacher characteristics (e.g., conceptions of teaching and learning, emotions in teaching, teacher self-efficacy, teaching styles, and teaching approaches); and (iii) the process, context, and culture of learning (e.g., theories of learning and teaching, 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
STEM Education (STEM)
 
Full-time and part-time 

This specialism aims to equip education students with in depth understanding of theoretical and practical issues surrounding STEM education. The specialism will explore philosophy, theories, learning design, technologies and policy at local and international level in respect to STEM. A specific theoretical construct will be examined in the specialism with focus on developing further research agenda at graduate level: technology and transdisciplinary studies (e.g. STEM, ST , and STREAM, standing for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).

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Specialism Coordinators Dr Daniel Churchill, Dr Dennis Fung
Contact

Dr Churchill: 2859-1141; dchurch@hku.hk

Dr Fung: 2219-4607; clfung@hku.hk

Teaching and Learning Chinese Language (Singapore)
 
Full-time and part-time 

The specialism is designed for in-service teachers, aspiring school middle-managers, curriculum coordinators and related professionals with regards to Chinese language education in Singapore. It aims to enhance learners’ leadership in curriculum planning and implementation, to advance learners’ professional knowledge in emerging pedagogies, to develop learners into reflective practitioners and effective facilitators of learning, and to lead change in curriculum design and pedagogical practice. This specialism also aims to promote research relevant to Chinese language education in Singapore.

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Specialism Coordinators Dr Choo Mui Cheong
Contact

3917-5292; cheongcm@hku.hk

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 

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 Mathematics in an International Context (TMIC)
 
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).

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Spoecialism Coordinator Dr Ida Mok
Contacts 2859-2536, iacmok@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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