Dean’s Message

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Welcome to the College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa located in the beautiful Mānoa valley on the island of Oahu. As a land-grant institution, the University of Hawaii is committed to improving education in Hawaii and the region, preschool through graduate school. Ours is a complex and robust college providing educational research, policy studies, curriculum development, professional development, and educational services as well as teacher and educational leader preparation programs. The College has eight academic departments and two major research units—the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) and the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG).

Improving Education: Teachers and Leadership

The College of Education has over 1,600 students and approximately 350 faculty providing innovative and stimulating programs for students seeking licensure as teachers and preparation for leadership in education. The College offers 5 undergraduate degrees, 3 post-baccalaureate certificates, 4 graduate certificates, 12 masters degrees, 9 doctoral specializations and awards over 700 degrees annually. We pride ourselves on preparing educators at all levels to contribute to a just, diverse, and democratic society, while developing a sense of purpose and a sense of place reflecting our unique location. In addition to having the only nationally accredited teacher preparation programs in Hawaii, we consistently rank among the top fifty graduate schools of education by U.S. News and World Report.

A Broad Variety of Programs and Offerings

We have programs in early childhood education, elementary education, middle school education, secondary education, Hawaiian education, special education, physical education, kinesiology, athletic training, rehabilitation counseling, curriculum studies, educational administration, educational psychology, educational technology, educational foundations, and more. We provide multiple alternative routes to teacher licensure designed for career changers. Many of our programs are available via distance technology, off campus, or in innovative formats that provide opportunities for pursuing an education to those who live in remote locations or have obligations that prevent them from being full-time or on-campus students.

A Rich History

Our College has a rich history of serving education in Hawaii and is dedicated to finding answers to the problems that confront our schools and developing solutions to address those challenges. We focus on creative ways to prepare education professionals and on developing a stronger and more responsive College of Education in the areas of research and service.

It is an honor for me to serve as Dean of this outstanding College of Education. Come visit us personally or virtually to see for yourself.


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