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 from 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.

Basic Skills Requirement

Applicants must meet the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Boardʻs basic skills requirement by having one of the following:

  • Bachelorʻs degree awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Passing scores on basic skills licensure test adopted by the HTSB in Reading, Writing and Mathematics
  • Qualifying scores on SAT Reading and Mathematics and passing score on Praxis Basic Skills for Writing
  • Qualifying scores on ACT Reading and Mathematics sections and passing score on the Praxis Basic Skills.

See HTSB Website for more information.

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

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

Content Knowledge Requirement

Applicants must pass the Praxis II (Content Knowledge) tests prior to applying to a COE Licensure Track program. Official Praxis II score reports must be sent to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board.

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.

It is also 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.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Please download our letter of recommendation guidelines. This document is updated anually and should be shared with your references.

Type Name Updated
Recommendation Form Fall 2016 Letter of Recommendation Guidelines Last Updated
January 2016

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 by phone or online for applicants who do not reside on Oahu. Please ensure that you are reachable by the emails entered in both application forms.


Please read our Fall 2016 Admission Packet carefully before applying.

Type Name Updated
Brochure/Information MEdT COE Application Packet 2016 Last Updated
October 2015
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