MEd Curriculum Studies: Interdisciplinary Education

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Interdisciplinary Education Track

This program will accept new and experienced teachers who seek additional support in their careers. The interdisciplinary track will provide flexibility to adapt to the needs of interests of the students and make best use of faculty expertise. Please contact CS Department Chair, Dr. Patricia Halagao ( for more information.

For a more specialized interdisciplinary education track, please see Ahupuʻa and Watershed Focus, bleow the general Interdisciplinary courses.

The Interdisciplinary Education program is a minimum 30 credit hours with twelve core credit hours and at least 18 credit hours chosen from the concentration courses below, or may be other courses selected in consultation with the program advisor.  This program may be taken as either a single content concentration based on the candidate's choice or combined with other subjects resulting in a broader, more diverse focus. Options include focus areas such as art/s education, literacy, multicultural education, science, and/or social studies education.

Med-CS Core Courses (12 credits)

EDCS 622: Curriculum Leadership
EDCS 667: Seminar in Curriculum

Two research courses: 

One Research Overview such as:
EDCS 606: Introduction to Research in Curriculum and Teaching
EDEP 408: Fundamentals of Research in Education
EDEF 678: Approaches to Educational Inquiry

One Research methods such as:
EDCS 632 Qualitative Research Methods
EDCS 604: Qualitative Researh Methods in Eduational Organizations
EDEP 429: Introduction to Statistics
EDEA 608: Survey Research Design & Analysis

Interdisciplinary Concentration Courses (18 credits)

EDCS or Content Courses (400 or 600 level) selected by candidates and approved by advisors in Art, Literacy, Mathematics, Multicultural Education, Science, and/or Social studies, such as:

EDCS 608: Literacies across the Disciplines
EDCS 627: Teaching and Learning with Art Objects, Collections & Site Visits
EDCS 630: Cultural Diversity and Education
EDCS 640J: Seminar, Science
EDCS 640P: Seminar, Place-based Education
EDCS 653F: Mathematics in the Schools, Integrated Math Content

Plan A Thesis or Plan B Project: Research paper; Plan, teach and evaluate an integrated unit grounded in theory and research; Portfolio or other, made up of assignments embedded in courses throughout the program.

Research papers and projects will be completed in the final core course, EDCS 667 (Alpha) Seminar in Curriculum (3): Curriculum trends and issues related to school organization, program, administration, faculty. Required for Plan B Med Candidates in their final semester or summer session.

For Plan A students, 6 credit hours of EDCS 700 (Thesis Research) out of the 18 credits is required. Plan B students may take up to 6 credit hours of 695 (Plan B Master's Project) if needed.

Ahupua‘a and Watershed Focus

Fall ‘18- Fall ‘20 cohort

This project is based on Next Generation Science Standards and Nā Hopena Aʻo, the Hawaiʻi Department of Education framework “to develop the skills, behaviors and dispositions that are reminiscent of Hawaiʻi’s unique context, and to honor the qualities and values of the indigenous language and culture of Hawaiʻi.” Place-based activities embodying core Hawaiian cultural values of sustainability and environmental stewardship will develop teachers’ culturally grounded competencies.

Twelve core credits, plus the following*:

EDCS 640P:  Seminar in Place-based Science** (3)
EDCS 623:  Science & Science Curriculum (3)
EDCS 607:  New Literacies Leadership (3)
EDCS 630:  Cultural Diversity & Education (3)
EDCS 695:  Plan B Project (3)
Elective:  Content Course*** (3)

* Subject to change.

**EDCS 640P, 623, and EDCS 632 Qualitative Research (core course) will be free tuition for students accepted into the National Science Foundation Grant, Life Science Teacher Leadership. Students in the NSF grant will also participate in a free Summer ’18 immersion experience.

***Elective will be selected with cohort faculty, based on each student’s interests and course availability.

Ahupua‘a and Watershed Focus Coordinator: Dr. Andrea Bartlett, (

For information on the Life Science Teacher Leadership National Science Foundation
Grant, contact Dr. Pauline Chinn (

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