MEd Interdisciplinary Education, Curriculum Studies

Typical Length 2 years

Delivery Campus-Based



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.

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
Apply to UHM Graduate Division View This Task

You must submit a graduate division application.

To submit your application please go to the UHM online application.

When applying for a summer program, make sure you choose the application type “Graduate Studies – Summer”.

For checklist item #7 (Planned Course of Study) select "Curriculum Studies-MEd"

Information for prospective students can be found on the prospective students page of the UHM Graduate Division website.

Completed Baccalaureate Degree View This Task

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.

To check if you graduated from a UHM recognized institution contact the UHM Graduate Division at or (808) 956-8544.

Undergraduate Cumulative GPA View This Task

An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The Graduate Division at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) requires an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission. Some departments however may admit students with GPA’s that are below a 3.0. Departments consider the GPA along with other factors when making their admission decisions.

Submitted Transcripts View This Task

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

You should also including transcripts from, any study abroad or exchange programs, summer programs, and non-degree work and extension programs. Your official transcripts need to be sent directly to the Graduate Division from the issuing institution(s), or in sealed institutional envelopes if submitted with the application.

UH Transcripts

Transcripts are not required for course work completed at any of the UH campuses. Graduate Division Student Services will obtain UH transcripts on behalf of applicants.

International Students

Refer to the Office of Graduate Education International Admissions Requirements website for specific international requirements.

Send your official transcripts to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Unofficial Transcripts

You may submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts directly to the department. However, you are still required to have your official transcripts sent directly to the UH Mānoa Graduate Division at the address above.

Upload your unofficial transcripts.
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Submitting unofficial transcripts to the department alone does NOT meet the transcripts requirement.

Statement of Objectives View This Task

A written statement of objectives as part of your application.

You are required to write a response to the following prompt as part of your application to the MEd, Curriculum Studies: Aloha Aina Education & Leadership program.

Your response should be 5-6 pages, 12pt font - Times New Roman, double-spaced.

Cole and Knowles (2001) write:

The theories that we individually hold are not happenstance. They develop from the meanings we have derived from ordered and casual experience and the theories of others that we hear and see articulated around the kitchen table; in school classrooms and hallways; through various media including newspapers, television, films, and radio; in university lecture halls and seminar rooms; through academic literary books; in our everyday work experiences; and so on. Such theories as these that we come to hold as our own are, invariably, personal. We layer our theory building as we accumulate experience and knowledge. We have already argued against any notion of researching being an “objective” affair and here we iterate the position that it is an intensely personal endeveavor. […]We are yet to be convinced that there is one researcher[educator] out there who is not motivated by the personal. (p.46)

As a teacher, you can only work towards the benefit of your students and school community if you are able to articulate and uphold your views of education with clarity and purpose. Helping you to develop a philosophy of teaching is therefore one of the main goals of the program and is a crucial element in your growth as a teacher. Beliefs about identity, history, culture, and community can become a strong foundation for outstanding teaching practices and educational research when informed by honest reflections about your life experiences. Recognizing that the values and aspirations that were gained through a relationship with an elder, mentor, or beloved colleague can remain a source of wisdom and inspiration throughout an entire teaching career, and form the necessary themes of a strong philosophy of education. This reflective process can give your personal understanding of educational theory and methodology a sense of vitality and a deep level of credibility.

The coordinators of the Aloha `Āina Education and Leadership Cohort would like you to produce a teacher/curriculum autobiography as part of the application process. This piece should be written in the form of a personal narrative that captures your feelings about teaching, learning, children, knowledge, and community in relationship to your life history. Please also comment on the reasons why you have decided to pursue a graduate degree.

Cole, A. L., and J. Gary Knowles (Ed.). (2001). Lives in context: The art of life history research. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press.

Use the following directions to submit your statement of objectives.

  1. Save your statement as either a word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.
  2. Name the file with your name and the word statement
    (e.g. StudentName_Statement.pdf).
  3. Upload your statement to Mākālei
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Submit Resume or Curriculum Vita (CV) View This Task

Your resume or CV.

You are required to submit your resume or CV. You can either upload a copy directly to Mākālei or mail or fax a copy to the department.

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AlertYour resume or CV must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.


Mail or Fax your Resume/Vitae to:

Department of Curriculum Studies
UHM College of Education
1776 University Avenue,Everly Rm 224
Honolulu, HI 96822
Fax: (808) 956-9905

Three Letters of Recommendation View This Task

Three (3) letters of recommendation

List three professional references who will write your letters of recommendation, e.g., supervisor, professor, advisor, instructor, etc. These references will be sent an email with directions for submitting the letter. Please verify in advance, the listed references have agreed to provide a letter and inform them they will receive an email with instructions. The College reserves the right to contact professional references other than those listed.

Name E-mail Phone Relationship Send

Please make sure the letters are submitted by:
Letters can be submitted by one of the following:

  1. Upload to Mākālei (preferred):
    • You will be able to see any letters that are uploaded into Mākālei. If you or your references want the letters to be private, letters should be faxed or mailed in.

  2. Fax: (808) 956-9905
  3. Mail:
    • Curriculum Studies MEd-CS,
      University Hawai‘i at Mānoa,
      Everly Hall, Room 224,
      1776 University Avenue,
      Honolulu, HI 96822

English Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) View This Task

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. For more information on the TOEFL and IELTS tests and to determine if you need to take them please visit the Graduate Division's English Proficiency website.

Minimum acceptable scores for the 2 tests are:

600/100 (Paper/Internet)

25 Listening
25 Speaking

6.00 for the Overall band test results

Send your official scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Identification Documents View This Task

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

As required by U.S. federal regulations, all international applicants are required to submit a copy of their passport identification pages, or a copy of their national identification card if a passport is not available.

Send your identification documents to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

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

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses ,including expenses for any accompanying spouse or children. Upon admission to UHM, only international applicants with proof of funding will receive visa documents. The Confidential Financial Statement Form for International Applicants is required of most international applicants.

Send your financial statement to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

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Application Deadlines
Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Fall March 31 with rolling admissions if capacity allows February 1 with rolling admissions if capacity allows
Spring N/A N/A
Summer N/A N/A

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Tuition & Funding

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

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Delivery Format

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 1: Prospective and New Students.

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