MEd Curriculum Studies

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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.

Program Overview

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: Aloha Kumu, Disability Studies, Language, Literacy Specialist, Multicultural Education, Reading, Social Studies Education, or STEMS2 (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Sense of Place)
  • Elementary School Level Concentrations: Art Education, Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics Education, Science Education, or "Other" Concentration
  • Middle (and Secondary) School Level (concentration not required)
  • Secondary School Level Concentrations: Art Education, Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics Education, Science Education, or "Other" Concentration
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.

MEd CS Students engage in a:

  • 12-credit curriculum studies core

EDCS 622 Curriculum Leadership

EDCS 667 Seminar in Curriculum

Introduction to research (e.g., EDCS 606 Intro. to Research in Curriculum & Teaching)

Research (e.g., EDCS 632 Qualitative Research)

  • 18 credit student-selected concentration, and
  • Plan A thesis or Plan B project

Delivery Options

All courses are designed and scheduled for teachers’ convenience, usually weekdays, 4:30-7 pm. 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

Scholarships & Loan Forgiveness

Graduate Student Scholarships

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

Financial Aid

The following web site has information on financial aid:

Quick Facts

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