MEd Interdisciplinary Education, Curriculum Studies

Typical Length 2 years

Delivery Campus-Based

Nationally Accredited

The MEd-CS Interdisciplinary Education track with an emphasis in Hawaiian Education and Leadership is a 30-credit program for Aloha ʻĀina educators and leaders. The track focuses on Aloha ʻĀina (Love for homeland, patriotism) as a foundation for relationships, education, leadership, well-being, and research in Hawaiʻi. Participating educators will critically engage with Aloha ʻĀina in various educational contexts to help them better understand, articulate, and respond to their kuleana to ʻāina and Lāhui. Aloha ʻĀina professors will work with participating educators to develop an interdisciplinary MEd program specifically designed to help them address the needs, goals, and aspirations of their school, district, community, and/or ʻohana. We will collaborate with educators to set track goals and objectives; select courses; develop a program schedule; develop activities and experiences; and design a culminating research project.

Who should consider this program

Aloha ʻĀina educators and leaders.

Common careers

Graduates will be prepared with the knowledge, skills, and kuleana to: 1) assume teaching and educational leadership roles in various school and community contexts, 2) pursue doctoral studies, 3) conduct and disseminate research relating to Aloha ʻĀina education and leadership, 4) develop and implement Aloha ʻĀina curricula, 5) Aloha ʻĀina.

Admission Requirements

Must have graduated from an accredited, four-year institution of higher education recognized by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), prior to beginning the MEd, Curriculum Studies: Aloha Aina Education & Leadership program.

An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

A written statement of objectives as part of your application.

Your resumé or CV.

Three (3) letters of recommendation

Applicants who are not native English speakers may need to take the TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) tests. For more information view the Graduate Division website.

International students that have been admitted are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses

How to Apply
Application Deadlines
Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Fall March 31 with rolling admissions if capacity allows *
Spring N/A N/A
Summer N/A N/A

We are currently not admitting international students residing outside of the US into our hybrid or online programs due to legal and tax implications. For more information, please contact Graduate Division at

How to Apply
Tuition & Funding

For the most current information, always refer to the Graduate Division website, UHM regular Tuition & Fees or UHM Outreach College Tuition & Fees.

Financial assistance may be found at:


  • Department of Curriculum Studies Merit-based Giving Tree Scholarship (Notices come out in March)

College of Education

University of Hawaiʻi



Delivery Format

Students will take 2-courses each semester for 5 semesters (Fall, spring, summer, fall, spring). Courses and activities for the fall and spring semesters may be held on weekdays (evenings), semester breaks (excluding winter break), and/or select weekends. An effort will be made to hold face-to-face classes at convenient locations on Oʻahu and to accommodate the teaching schedules of our students.

  • The MEd-CS Aloha ʻĀina education and Leadership track is a 30-credit graduate program consisting of the following:
    4 core courses (12-credits)

    • EDCS 622G: Curriculum Leadership (3)
    • EDCS 606: Introduction to Research (3)
    • EDCS 632: Qualitative Research Methods (3) or approved alternative research methods course
    • EDCS 667G: Seminar in Curriculum Issues (3)
  • Minimum 6 specialization courses (18-credits) – required and/or recommended coursework and directed study in specialization track. Courses should be chosen in consultation with advisor.
  • Culminating Requirement: Plan-B Project

For a full listing of courses, see the MEd-CS Handbook: Aloha ʻĀina Education and Leadership.

Advising & Faculty

Our faculty and staff will provide you with guidance and resources to support your success from beginning to end. You will receive a dedicated faculty advisor to partner with you on your journey.

Program Coordinator