About the MEd in Curriculum Studies

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About the Department

The Master of Education in Curriculum Studies (MEd-CS) degree is a 30-credit program designed to serve licensed teachers who wish to explore, research, and apply innovative ideas in PK-12 education. Students may attend part-time, and the average completion time is just over two years. The MEd-CS equips teachers to fill a variety of teaching and resource roles at an advanced level. The program also prepares students for doctoral programs and other advanced study options. It does NOT lead to teacher licensure, however. Three MEd-CS concentrations are eligible to add-a-field to a Hawai‘i teacher license: Literacy Specialist, Reading, and Teacher Leader. A Literacy Leader Graduate Certificate and college-endorsed Teacher Leader Certificate (graduate certficate in progress) are also available.


The MEd-CS program is research-based and grounded in theory. Its goals are to:

  • Develop well-informed and reflective practitioners;
  • Enhance teachers’ knowledge and improve their instructional skills;
  • Foster the application of new knowledge in the schools;
  • Enhance teachers’ ability to understand and implement research; and
  • Encourage and increase the professionalism of teachers in Hawai‘i, as well as other states and nations of the Pacific Rim.

Grade Levels and Concentrations:

MEd-CS students design their own programs by selecting from these school levels and concentration areas:

  • PREKINDERGARTEN-GRADE 3 SCHOOL LEVEL (no concentration needed)
  • MIDDLE (and SECONDARY) SCHOOL LEVEL (no concentration needed)
    • Aloha Kumu: National Board Certification and Teacher Leader, with certificate and; add-a- field
    • Aloha Kumu: Aloha ʻĀina Education and Leadership Literacy Specialist, with graduate certificate and; add-a- field
    • STEMS 2 (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Sense of Place)
    • Teacher Leader, with certificate and; add-a- field

Note: For more information, please see web pages for the grade levels and concentrations that interest you and the MEd-CS Handbook 1 for Prospective and New Students, which you may download from this site.


Type Name Updated
Handbook/Instructions MEd CS Handbook 1 Prospective and New Students 2017-2018 Last Updated
January 2018

Type Name Updated
Handbook/Instructions MEd CS Handbook 2 Continuing and Graduating Students 2017-2018 Last Updated
January 2018

Program Overview

Students engage in a:

12-credit curriculum studies core

  • EDCS 622 Curriculum Leadership
  • Introduction to research (e.g., EDCS 606 Intro. to Research in Curriculum & Teaching)
  • Research (e.g., EDCS 632 Qualitative Research)
  • EDCS 667 Seminar in Curriculum

Delivery Options

All courses are designed and scheduled for teachers’ convenience, usually weekdays, 4:30-7 pm. In most programs, students progress in supportive cohorts and Summer courses are available for faster completion.

Online Programs: Middle (and Secondary) Level and Literacy Specialist. Synchronous online class sessions are held in the evenings and/or summer.

Community-based Program: Aloha Kumu

Learning Journeys to cultural sites on O‘ahu and other islands: STEMS ²

Stipends/Scholarships/ Loan Forgiveness

  • Stipends available in some COE programs/cohorts
  • scholarships available (average award: $2000). Details here:
  • TEACH Grants: Up to $4000 for teachers in high need fields (e.g., math, reading 18 credit student-selected grade level or concentration, and specialist, science) or at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service Plan A thesis or Plan B project agency that serves students from low-income families
  • Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness: Elementary and Secondary teachers can qualify for up to $5000 in loan forgiveness if they teach in Title I Schools. Secondary Math and Science Teachers may qualify for up to $17,500. Title 1 Schools serve children from low income families.

For more information, see http://www.hawaii.edu/fas

Contact Information:

Phone: 808-956- 4401

Email: csdept@hawaii.edu