Aloha ʻĀina Education and Leadership
MEd Interdisciplinary Education, Curriculum Studies
Typical Length 2 years
The MEd-CS Interdisciplinary Education track with an emphasis in Aloha ʻĀina Education and Leadership is a 30-credit program for Aloha ʻĀina educators and leaders. The cohort 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 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-CS degree program specifically designed to help them address the needs, goals, and aspirations of their school, district, and/or community. We will collaborate with educators to set cohort goals and objectives; develop a program schedule; select courses; develop activities and experiences; and design a Plan B project.
Aloha ʻĀina educators and leaders.
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.
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 resume 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 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
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* International students, in light of changing US entry visa and policies due to COVID-19, please contact Graduate Division at email@example.com to discuss admissions.
Financial assistance may be found at:
- Department of Curriculum Studies Merit-based Giving Tree Scholarship
- College of Education scholarships
- STAR website (please note that this is only accessible to students with a valid UH ID number – must be admitted as a student prior to looking for scholarships on this site)
- Graduate Assistantships and Campus Employment
- Financial Support section of the Graduate Division website
- Tuition Waivers (Graduate Assistant Tuition Waivers, Kua‘ana Tuition Waiver)
- UH Manoa Financial Aid Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- TEACH Grant
- Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness
- Student Scholarships (Hawai‘i Community Foundation, Hawai‘i Education Association Hawaii Education Association, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kamehameha Schools, other)
The MEd-CS Aloha ʻĀina Education and Leadership track is a cohorted program. Cohorts of approximately 15 students begin annually in the fall semester. 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. The courses for the summer session will be offered during a three-week block of time in June/July. 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.
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.