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

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The Master of Education in Teaching (MEdT) program is a two-year, field-based program designed for those pursuing careers in teaching who have earned baccalaureate degrees in fields other than education.

Upon successful completion of this degree and submission of passing scores for the appropriate licensing tests, you will be recommended for initial teacher licensure to the Hawaii Teachers Standards Board (HTSB) to teach elementary (K-6), secondary (6-12), or Hawaiian Language Immersion (K-12) in a general education classroom. Programs offered at the secondary level are: English, Hawaiian Language, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies. Candidates wanting to pursue other secondary areas should contact the program.

'The MEdT program is field-based with candidates beginning field experiences in schools during their first semester of the program. Candidates will complete two semesters of field experience, followed by a semester of full-time student teaching and an additional semester of full-time internship/employment. Field experiences (practicum & residency) will be completed at an assigned MEdT partner school on the island they reside. Candidates may not choose the location or grade level of their placement and must be willing to cover all transportation costs to the assigned school sites anywhere on the island.

Program highlights include:

  • Attending a two-year, full-time, cohorted program
  • Gaining field experience with a mentor teacher
  • Becoming eligible for a teaching license after 3rd semester
  • Completing a final Plan B paper or project
  • Obtaining an MEdT degree in 4th semester

Delivery Options

The program is offered full-time in a face-to-face format for those residing on O‘ahu. Courses may be held during the weekday, in the evening or on weekends.  A hybrid (online and face-to-face) statewide option is offered for neighbor island residents.

The program will provide a travel stipend to candidates participating in the statewide option for each face-to-face meeting. Candidates are expected to arrange and pay for travel to and from neighbor islands with this partial stipend subsidy.

Accomodations may be made for unlicensed teachers with full-time positions in their intended area of licensure. Please contact the program office to determine eligibility prior to applying.


MEdT candidates are admitted in groups of approximately 25 students that work together as a cohort. Across the four semesters, students complete coursework and engage in research, teaching and learning while fully imersed in K-12 school-based field settings under the guidance of university faculty and public school mentors.

Candidates are assigned to a cohort, and their field placements are made each semester by their cohort coordinators. Regardless of where candidates reside in the program, it is their responsibility to provide their own transportation to assigned field placements and to on-campus and off-campus classes.

Candidates should never attempt to make their own placements as the college has already built relationships with specific schools and communities and collaborates with these partners to ensure that placements meet the needs of candidates, the schools and the communities.


In seeking the simultaneous renewal of pre-service education and preK-12 education, the MEdT Program has built educational partners with various groups outside of the university. While all cohorts offer the same set of core courses, they differ depending on the nature of the partnership each has established.


To earn their degree, MEdT candidates are required to complete 45 credits of MEdT and professional specialization courses as well as a Plan B paper or project. Each semester, the coursework involves one field course and one seminar. The combination of coursework and structured time in partner schools give MEdT candidates opportunities to integrate theory and practice.

Candidates receive support from partner school mentors and staff and university faculty, and can expect the field work to become progressively more involved across the four semesters of the program. Candidates' performance in their field experience is assessed each semester by the candidate themselves, the school partners, and university faculty.

The professional specialization courses are meant to help candidates further develop their knowledge of teaching and their content area and their strengths as teacher leaders. Candidates entering the program are expected to have completed an undergraduate program of study that provided depth and breadth of knowledge in mathematics, science, social studies, or English/language arts needed to succeed as a secondary or elementary classroom teacher. Deficits in the content areas may require additional coursework.

Coursework: Elementary

Elementary Program Sheet for Face to Face (Manoa):

Type Name Updated
Brochure/Information MEdT Program Sheet - Elementary Education Last Updated
October 2018

Elementary Program Sheet for Statewide Distance Program:

Type Name Updated
Brochure/Information MEdT Statewide Program Sheet - Elementary Last Updated
August 2016

Coursework: Secondary

Secondary Program Sheet for Face to Face (Manoa):

Type Name Updated
Brochure/Information MEdT Program Sheet - Secondary Education Last Updated
October 2018

Secondary Program Sheet for Statewide Distance Program:

Type Name Updated
Brochure/Information MEdT Statewide Program Sheet - Secondary Last Updated
August 2016

Tuition and Fees

The standard UH Mānoa graduate tuition and fee schedule applies to candidates in the MEdT program. Information on tuition and fees is available at the UH Mānoa Records and Registration office website:


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