Graduate Certificate

Typical Length 11 months

Delivery Hybrid




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Stipends Available

The Ethnomathematics Graduate Certificate is a 15-credit online/hybrid program grounded in real-world problem-solving that empowers teachers as leaders to be locally-minded, global citizens through a sense of purpose and a sense of place. Students have the option of adding the field, Ethnomathematics, to an existing Hawai‘i Standard or Advanced License. As endorsed by the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board, the ethnomathematics program assessments, rubrics, and framework meet state and federal standards.

Common careers

Graduates of the program become leaders at school, district, and state levels, as well as beyond. Our alumni graduate with increased knowledge of culturally-sustaining mathematics content aligned with standards and values-based frameworks such as the Mathematics Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Nā Hopena A‘o. They provide instruction and deliver professional development in ethnomathematics that strengthen sustainable campus-community networks leading their students to college, career, and community readiness.


Admission Requirements
Apply to UHM Graduate Division View This Task
New or Incoming UHM Students

You must submit a graduate division application.

Online Applications

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 "Ethnomathematics-Graduate Certificate**"

For directions and information on the UHM Graduate application process go to the Office of Graduate Education Forms page and select - Graduate Admissions Application General Information and Instructions.

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

Paper Applications

If you choose to submit a paper application you must download and complete the paper application (select “Graduate Admissions Application and Fee Payment Form”). Please carefully review the Graduate Division application instructions (select “Graduate Admissions Application General Information and Instructions”) and comply with the most current requirements and submission procedures. if you are applying for summer admission pay particular attention to the “Summer Applicants” section which states:

Please write in your semester of application if you are applying to a graduate program with summer admission.

It is a good idea to submit copies of all Graduate Division application materials to the COE department you are applying to with your COE application materials.

When completing a paper application, if you wish to qualify to pay resident tuition at UHM based on residency status or Board of Regents exemptions you should also submit the Residency Declaration Form.

Send your paper application along with Residency Declaration Form to the UHM Office of Graduate Education at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Current UHM Graduate Students

Use the Concurrent Graduate Certificate Application form.

The application form can also be found on the Office of Graduate Education Forms page.

Completed Baccalaureate Degree View This Task

Applicants must have graduated from a UHM recognized, accredited, four-year institution of higher education prior to beginning the Ethnomathematics Graduate Certificate 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 is required.

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 is required.

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 directly 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

You are required to write a statement of objectives as part of your application.

You are required to write a response to the following question as part of your application to the Ethnomathematics Graduate Certificate program.

Students applying to the MEd Curriculum Studies and Ethomathematics Graduate Certificate concurrently:

Please submit your Statement of Objectives with your MEd applications ONLY. Do not resubmit it here, click that you agree to the statement, save and move on.

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 is required.

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.

Upload your resume or CV
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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

Two Letters of Recommendation View This Task

You must provide 2 letters of recommendation

List two 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.

Students applying to the MEd Curriculum Studies and Ethomathematics Graduate Certificate concurrently:

Please submit your letters of recommendation with your MEd applications ONLY. Do not resubmit it here, click that you agree to the statement, save and move on.

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:
    • Department of Curriculum Studies,
      University Hawai‘i at Mānoa,
      Everly Hall, Room 224,
      1776 University Avenue,
      Honolulu, HI 96822

Application Deadlines
Starting Semester Early Admission general Admission
Summer December 1 February 1

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt on a rolling basis beginning December 1. Review will continue until a cohort fills (20 people) on or before the February 1st deadline. It is recommended that you apply before the early admission deadline.

Tuition & Funding

The Ethnomathematics Graduate Certificate is offered through Outreach College. All participants (Hawai‘i resident, Non-resident) in this program pay the Hawai‘i resident per-credit course rate and fees.

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:

Delivery Format

The Ethnomathematics Graduate Certificate is online, except for a weeklong orientation during the first summer and a concluding weekend at the end of the spring semester. Cohorts begin annually during Summer. Each cohort will span one academic year, plus the preceding summer (i.e., Summer, Fall, Spring).

2020-2021 Dates:

Summer 2020 (in-person): June 22-28, 2020
Fall 2020 (online): Weekly online
Spring 2020 (online/in-person): Weekly online; and May 7-8, 2021 in-person


The 15-credits are from the following courses:

  • EDCS 654: Ethnomathematics (3)
  • EDCS 606: Introduction to Research in Curriculum and Teaching (3)
  • EDCS 622G: Curriculum Leadership: K–14 (3)
  • EDCS 632: Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • EDCS 653F: Mathematics in the Schools: Integrated Mathematics Content (3)
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
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Linda Furuto

Professor of Mathematics Education

(808) 956-3359