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

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Semester General
Fall February 1 (priority)      

March 1 (final)

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)


1. UHM Graduate System Application Form:

Complete the online Graduate Application Form:

2. College of Education Mākālei Application:

Submit the following through Mākālei:

  • Program Delivery Preference
    • Master of Education in Teaching (MEdT) (Face-to-face) indicates you intend to complete the program on ʻOahu attending mostly face-to-face classes.
    • Master of Education in Teaching (MEdT) (Online/Hybrid) indicates 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 obtain a licensed to teach. Elementary is not available for the Dual Secondary & SPED track.
  • Dual License Option
    • Hawaiian Language Immersion applicants must be fluent speakers of Hawaiian.
    • Special Education (Mild/Moderate) for the Dual Secondary & SPED program.
  • Personal statements

3. Content Knowledge Requirement:

Applicants may choose to verify their content knowledge by submitting a passing score on the licensure test adopted by the Board in the content field. Submit official scores to University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, institution code R4867.


Demonstrate content knowledge through prior coursework.

For Elementary Education (gr. K-6)

A minimum of thirty-six semester hours of coursework from an accredited institution of higher education with at least nine (9) semester hours in each of the following four core content areas: language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.  At least three (3) semester hours in each of the core content areas must be upper division (300 or 400 level).

Submit an elementary content coursework inventory worksheet:

For Secondary Education (gr. 6-12)

The three alternatives for secondary education are:

  • Content major consisting of a minimum of thirty semester hours in the content field; OR
  • A minimum of thirty semester hours in the content field for a bachelor’s degree awarded by an accredited institution of higher education; OR
  • A master’s, specialist, or doctoral degree in the license field awarded by an accredited institution of higher education.

To verify the above, submit a content coursework inventory worksheet for the subject you want to teach:

For a sample content coursework inventory worksheet, see:

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.

5. Admission Interview:

Admission interviews will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 (priority deadline) and Saturday, March 28, 2020 (final deadline).  All applicants must attend a half-day interview on one of these dates in-person or online.  A confirmation email containing an interview schedule will be sent to applicants with complete applications.  Please be ensure that you are reachable by the emails entered in both application forms.

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