MEd Interdisciplinary Education, Curriculum Studies

Typical Length 2 years

Delivery Online

Nationally Accredited

MEd-CS Interdisciplinary Education track with an emphasis in PACMED:

  • 30-credit, online, 2-year, cohorted program
  • designed for Pacific Island educators of all age students up through undergraduate level
  • 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.
Who should consider this program

Pacific Island educators (teachers, administrators, counselors…) of all age students up through undergraduate level who wish to focus on education in STEAM subjects & Place-Based Curriculum.

Common careers
  • Advanced knowledge with emphasis on STEAM subjects across the curriculum for teachers, administrators, counselors;
  • eligible to teach at the community college or university level.
Admission Requirements

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 resumé 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 that have been admitted 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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Application Deadlines
Starting Semester early Admission General Admission
Fall N/A N/A
Spring N/A N/A
Summer December 1 March 1

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.

We are currently not admitting international students residing outside of the US into our hybrid or online programs due to legal and tax implications. For more information, please contact Graduate Division at

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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.

Financial assistance may be found at:

Delivery Format
  • 100% online: delivered primarily via the ZOOM e-classroom system, requiring a computer with microphone and speaker as well as a reliable internet connection.
  • Synchronous: The great majority of instruction is synchronous, i.e., everyone online “live” together.

Program Sequence & Overview:

  • 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.

Courses (30 credits):

  • 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.

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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Deborah Zuercher

Professor and Director of PACMED