The Master of Education in Teaching (MEdT) dual licensure program in Secondary & Special Education is a statewide, two-year, field-based program designed for those pursuing careers in teaching who have earned baccalaureate degrees in fields other than education. Statewide degree and certificate programs are designed to be accessible to students living on any of the islands of Hawai'i.
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 two areas: one in a secondary (6-12) content area (English, Hawaiian Language, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies) and one in special education mild/moderate, while also obtaining a Masterʻs degree.
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 in the secondary content area and a second semester of full-time student teaching in a special education placement. 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.
The program is offered as a 2-year, full-time hybrid (online and face-to-face) program. There will be no more than four face-to-face weekend meetings each semester.
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.
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 6-12 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 the program. 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 46 credits of MEdT and Special Education courses. Each semester, the core coursework involves one field course and one seminar. The combination of coursework and structured time in partner schools gives 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.
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 teacher. Deficits in the content areas may require additional coursework.