MEd Interdisciplinary Education, Curriculum Studies



Does the MEd Curriculum Studies lead to initial licensure?

The program does NOT lead to initial teacher licensure, but students may add-a-field in Ethnomathematics, Literacy Leader and Teacher Leader to an existing HTSB-teacher license.

Is it possible to pursue a Graduate Certificate and the Master of Education in Curriculum Studies?

Yes, any graduate certificate can be taken with any masters program. The Department has five graduate certificates, but is currently offering four graduate certificates in Ethnomathematics, Literacy, Sustainability & Resilience Education and Teacher Leadership that range from 15-18 credits. You may pursue both graduate certificate and MEd-CS degree if you fulfill the requirements for both.

Do the courses that I take in EDCS count in advancing in the Hawai‘i DOE salary schedule?

Students need to check with their Reclassification Department Officer to find out if any course that they take advances them in their schedule. For teachers already in the Hawai‘i DOE system, it depends on their field of expertise and their school assignment responsibilities. From the UH side, the course needs to be within a degree granting program, and the course content needs to be related to the teacher’s field of expertise. Applications must be filled out with the Hawai‘i DOE Reclassification Department.

Can I work during my study in the graduate program?

Yes. Classes are typically offered during the evening hours of 4:30 – 7pm or are offered online to accommodate working professionals. Some programs offer coursework during the summer when the K-12 school session is on summer break.

Are there any prerequisites to enter the MEd-CS Aloha ʻĀina Education and Leadership track?

Yes, you must have 3-years of K-20 teaching experience and be committed to Aloha ʻĀina.

Is the MEd-CS Aloha ʻĀina Education and Leadership program available to students outside Hawaii?

The program is primarily a face-to-face program. All of the classes meet on Oʻahu.

What is the time commitment during the MEd-CS Aloha ʻĀina Education and Leadership summer session?

The 2-summer courses will meet face-to-face during a three-week block of time in June/July. The exact dates of the courses will depend on huakaʻi access. We will typically run Monday-Friday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. Huakaʻi may involve off-island and weekend activities.

What does it mean to be in a cohorted program?

You will journey through a cohorted MEd program with the same group of students and a dedicated team of faculty. It means that you will begin the program at the same time as a group of students. Your cohort will go through all of the courses together. You will be a part of a vibrant-learning community that is committed to supporting each other through the program and beyond.

Are there opportunities for me to apply for financial aid?

Yes. We have provided some financial aid information for you to explore. We encourage you to apply early.