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 program equips teachers to fill a variety of teaching and resource roles at an advanced level. It does NOT lead to teacher licensure, however.
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:
- PK3 School Level (concentration not required)
- K-12 School Level
- Concentrations: Disability Studies, Language, Multicultural Education, Interdisiplinary, Place-based Science (K-12), Social Studies Education
- Cohorts: Aloha Kumu Cohort, STEMS2 Cohort (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Sense of Place)
- Add-a-Field: Literacy Specialist, Reading K-12
- Elementary School Level Concentrations: Art Education, Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics Education, or "Other" Concentration
- Middle (and Secondary) School Level (concentration not required)
- Secondary School Level Concentrations: Art Education, Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics Education, or "Other" Concentration
Note: For more information, please see the MEd-CS Handbook 1 for Prospective and New Students, which you may download from this site.
MEd CS 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
- 18 credit student-selected concentration, and
- Plan A thesis or Plan B project
All courses are designed and scheduled for teachers' convenience, usually weekdays, 4:30 - 7 pm. Some programs offer summer courses.
- Literacy Specialist
- Middle (and Secondary Level)
Scholarships & Loan Forgiveness
Graduate Student Scholarships
Scholarship applications are accepted once per year. Please visit the graduate scholarship information page.
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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/teacher.
The following web site has information on financial aid: http://www.hawaii.edu/fas/