Master of Education in Teaching: Elementary, Secondary, or Hawaiian Language Immersion

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Semester General
Fall March 1
Spring N/A

To be considered for admission, all materials must be received (not postmarked) by March 1.


Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • An undergraduate degree awarded by an accredited college or university in a field other than education.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (GPAs of at least 2.7 will be considered only after those who meet the minimum requirement)

Prior teaching experience is not required.

Pre-requisite Course (MEdT Dual Secondary/SPED only)

  • B or better in SPED 304 (may be taken in summer after application has been submitted)


In order to be considered for Fall admission, application materials (items 1 - 4) must be received (not postmarked) by March 1. Complete applications contain the five following items:

  1. Applications:
    1. College of Education Licensure Track Application - Mākālei
    2. UH Graduate System Application Form (including transcripts and all supporting documents)
  2. Content Knowledge Requirement
  3. Content Coursework Inventory Worksheet
  4. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  5. Interview

1a. College of Education Licensure Track Application - Mākālei

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Select a Degree and Program

  • Degree: Select Master's Degree
  • Program:
    • Select Master of Education in Teaching (MEdT) (Face-to-face) if you intend to complete the program on ʻOahu attending mostly face-to-face classes.
    • Select Master of Education in Teaching (MEdT) (Online/Hybrid) if you intend to complete the program on any island attending online/hybrid classes. Dual Secondary/SPED applicants must pick this option.
  • Major: Select the subject you want to be licensed to teach. Elementary is not available for the Dual Secondary/SPED program.
  • Select if you are applying for the Hawaiian Language Immersion or Special Education Dual Option:
    • Select Hawaiian Language Immersion if you are fluent in Hawaiian and want to be licensed to teach at an Immersion School.
    • Select Special Education (Mild/Moderate) if you want to join the Dual Secondary/SPED program.

Licensure Track Admission Checklist

The checklist guides you through the submission of the required items listed below. There is also a Personal Statement/Essay section that contains four prompts, one of which is your statement of objectives. If you want to be licensed in Hawaiian Language or Hawaiian Language Immersion, you must write your responses in Hawaiian.

Submit Licensure Track Application

You will need to select the semester you intend to start (Fall 2017), input your Social Security Number, and verify your application information before the submit button will appear.  A checkmark will appear above "Submit Licensure Track Application" and you will be taken to the Check Application Status page once your application has been submitted successfully.

1b. UH Graduate School System Application Form

Complete the online application and pay the $100 application fee at Visit the Office of Graduate Education Website for complete instructions: Original, unopened transcripts are required from all institutions listed in your application except UH System campuses.  

All UH Graduate School System Application documents including transcripts should be sent to:

Office of Graduate Education
2540 Maile Way, Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Important Information

  • Write down your login ID and PIN (6 numbers). You will not be able to recover them if you can't remember them.
  • Institution = University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Site = UH Manoa Main Campus
  • Citizenship Related Data: Can be skipped if you are a US Citizen
  • Planned Course of Study= Teaching - MEdT (no Spring Admission); Select "No" about pursuing a dual degree.
  • International Students have additional requirements. See the OGE website for more information:

2. Content Knowledge Requirement

Applicants must submit official Praxis II (Content Knowledge) scores prior to applying to a COE Licensure Track program. Applicants should refer to the HTSB or ETS websites for the Elementary Education K-6 and Secondary 6-12 tests by subject area and their passing scores. 

Elementary Education, K-6 applicants may choose to verify their content knowledge through coursework in lieu of the PRAXIS. They must have nine (9) semester hours in each of the following four core content areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies for a total of thirty-six (36) semester hours. At least three (3) semester hours in each of the core content areas must be upper division (300 or 400 level).

We will still consider applicants who have not passed Praxis. First consideration will be given to those with complete applications and if space permits, we will consider those who are missing test scores. To accomodate those with extenuating circumstances, the latest date scores will be accepted for admission is August 1.

Send official scores to: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Institution Code: R4867
Examinee score reports or reports originally sent to other institutions will not be accepted.

Important Information

  • Candidates seeking a teaching license in Hawai‘i should submit their scores to the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.
  • Save a copy of your scores for your own records. They are available for a limited time from the ETS website.
  • Scores submitted to UH cannot be returned to you or forwarded to another organization.

3. Content Coursework Inventory Worksheet

In addition to the PRAXIS, it is recommended that secondary applicants have thirty semester hours in the content field from an accredited college or university (at least fifteen of which must be upper division level), or an equivalent. A Content Coursework Inventory Worksheet is required for all applicants interested in teaching at the Secondary level (grades 6-12). Elementary applicants wanting to verify their content knowledge through coursework in lieu of the PRAXIS II should also complete a content coursework inventory worksheet. 

Further instructions are included on the Google Spreadsheet. For additional help, refer to our sample worksheet:

4. Three Letters of Recommendation

Please download our letter of recommendation guidelines. This document is updated annually and should be shared with your references. Mākālei will facilitate the submission of your letters of recommendation, but you are ultimately responsible for submitting them by the March 1 deadline. The most common reasons references are not receiving the system generated email are: 1) email delivery to spam folder, 2) mistyped email addresses.

Type Name Updated
Recommendation Form Fall 2017 MEdT Letter of Recommendation Guidelines Last Updated
October 2016

5. Admission Interview

Admission interviews will be scheduled in the first week of April for individuals with complete applications who meet the minimum qualifications. In mid-March, the program will send details to qualified applicants using the email address provided on the application form. Interviews will be conducted online for applicants who will not be on Oahu. Please ensure that you are reachable by the emails entered in both application forms.

Application Status & Admission Decisions

We appreciate your checking our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page before contacting us with questions.

All questions about the Graduate Admissions Application should be directed to Graduate Division at 808.956.8544 or Once you have submitted your Mākālei application, you chan check the status by logging back in to Mākālei.

Admission decisions will be maied by US Postal Service to the address provided on the UH Graduate School System Application in mid-late May. It is your responsibility to keep your contact information up to date with the Office of Graduate Education and the Office of Student Academic Services to ensure timely notification.

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