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Master's Degrees in Education in Hawaii

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If you don't think you want to stand in front of a classroom, you might not have thought about a degree in education - but there are some really exciting career opportunities inside and outside of the classroom that don't look like your traditional teaching job. 

Careers Outside the Classroom 

There is a lot of specialization happening in education right now. For example, with the growth of technology in education, there is a growing need for educational technologists - a broad term that might refer to any of the following career opportunities: 

  • Training coordinator
  • Instructional designer
  • Web or multimedia designer
  • Technology support specialist
  • Distance learning developer
  • Educational video producer
  • Technology director
  • Museum education specialist
  • Education software/games developer
  • Teacher/professor
  • Technology coordinator
  • Evaluation and assessment specialist
  • Human performance technologies manager
  • E-learning consultant

Not into technology? What about a position in applied research settings in educational agencies, testing organizations, and profit/non-profit institutions? Or a career working with people who need vocational rehabilitation? This are just some of the 20+ ways you could arrive at a career in education outside of the classroom through a master's degree from the COE

Thinking about Teaching in Hawai'i?

There are a number of ways for you to become a teacher in Hawai'i, and a number of areas of interest; from language teachers, to math teachers, to specialists who help students learn literacy or succeed in school when English is their second language. There is a real need for special education teachers in Hawai'i and this means you could receive financial assistance to become a certified Special Education teacher.  Career expectations in special education are varied as well, and don't always equate directly to the classroom - for example, you might

  • help provide academic and social experiences that build the foundation for future success
  • help others to teach students with special needs
  • adapt and individualize instruction to help students with special needs

As an alternative to a master's degree, you may want to consider a variety of post-baccalaureate certificate that can lead to teacher licensure, usually in a shorter time frame. If you know what your interests are, but are not sure about what your career options in education might me, we recommend you talk it over with an advisor. At the graduate level, a good advisor can help steer you in the direction of a degree that will really match your interests and skills. 

About UH Mānoa

Founded in 1907, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is the flagship campus of the University of Hawaiʻi System. A destination of choice, students and faculty come from across the nation and the world to take advantage of UH Mānoa's unique research opportunities, diverse community, nationally-ranked Division I athletics program, and beautiful landscape. Consistently ranked a “best value” among U.S. colleges and universities, our students get a great education and have a unique multicultural global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning—truly like no place else on earth.

UH Mānoa At a Glance

Founded: 1907
Location: beautiful Mānoa Valley, just outside downtown Honolulu, Hawaiʻi on the island of Oʻahu
Campus size: 320 acres
University of Hawaiʻi System motto: Maluna aʻe o nā lāhui a pau ke ola ke kanaka (Above all nations is humanity)


  • Average class size: 20
  • Colleges & Schools: 14
  • Degrees (as of Fall 2010)
  • Bachelor’s degrees in 97 fields
  • Master’s degrees in 85 fields
  • Professional & Doctoral degrees in 57 fields
  • Accreditation: Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Student Diversity - Undergraduates*

  • Asian: 41 percent
  • Caucasian: 24 percent
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 16 percent
  • Two or more races: 14 percent
  • Hispanic: 2 percent
  • Black or African American: 1 percent
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0 percent
  • *Fall 2013


  • Full-time faculty: 1,209
  • Student-faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Percentage of faculty with doctoral degrees: 87


One of only a handful of universities nationwide to hold the distinction of being a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, UH Mānoa is ranked in the top 50 public universities in research funding by the National Science Foundation. In 2012, UH Mānoa received $436 million in extramural funding awards, including research grants of $317 million and nonresearch awards of $119 million. Seven of UH Mānoa’s faculty are currently members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Institute of Medicine.

Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having “very high research activity,” UH Mānoa is known for its pioneering research in such fields as oceanography, astronomy, Pacific Islands and Asian area studies, linguistics, cancer research, and genetics.


  • Total student population: 20,006
  • Undergraduate: 14,499
  • Graduate: 5,507
  • Law: 324
  • Medicine: 480
  • Hawaiʻi (in-state) students: 67 percent
  • Out-of-state students: 271 percent
  • International students: 6 percent
  • States represented: 50
  • Countries represented: over 119
  • Male/female ratio: 44:56

*Fall 2013

For more detailed information about the University please visit the Mānoa Institutional Research office pages.

To learn more about UH Manoa College of Education scholarships, degree programs, professional development, and online options, speak to an advisor today!