MEd Interdisciplinary Education, Curriculum Studies
Typical Length 2 years
MEd-CS Interdisciplinary Education track with an emphasis in PACMED is a 30-credit, online, 2-year, cohorted program for Pacific Island educators of all age students up through undergraduate level with a focus on the education in STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) & Place-Based Curriculum. Teachers and administrators will be supported in creating culturally responsive curriculum focused on STEAM subjects. A standards-based Portfolio serves as the Plan-B “thesis” project, providing concrete evidence of the graduate’s proficiency in STEAM educational leadership. Classes are completely online, requiring a computer with microphone and speaker as well as a reliable internet connection.
Pacific Island educators (teachers, administrators, counselors…) of all age students up through undergraduate level who wish to focus on education in STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) & Place-Based Curriculum.
Advanced knowledge with emphasis on STEAMS subjects across the curriculum for teachers, administrators, counselors; eligible to teach at the community college or university level.
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: PACMED 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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Applications will be reviewed upon receipt on a rolling basis at the start of the early admission date. Review will continue until the March 1st deadline.
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)
PACMED is a 100% online program delivered primarily via the ZOOM e-classroom system, requiring a computer with microphone and speaker as well as a reliable internet connection. The great majority of instruction is synchronous, i.e., everyone online “live” together. Course work typically involves two fall and spring semesters along with the three associated summers. Fall and spring schedules typically involve one three-credit class (usually on Mondays), plus one one-credit, monthly seminar (Wednesdays). Summers usually call for two three-credit classes and possibly the one-credit seminar. A standards-based Portfolio serves as the Plan-B “thesis” project, providing concrete evidence of the graduate’s proficiency in STEAM educational leadership. Monthly seminars with close faculty support help all participants to construct their portfolios on an ongoing basis in the program.
The MEd-CS PACMED 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.
- Plan B Paper/Project — PACMED Standards-Based Portfolio
For a full listing of courses, see the MEd-CS Handbook: PACMED.
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.