PhD in Education

Typical Length 5 years

Delivery Campus-Based

Nationally Accredited

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD) is a college-wide degree awarded for distinguished academic preparation for professional practice in the field of education. The program includes a variety of tracks including Curriculum and Instruction.

The Curriculum and Instruction track develops educational leaders in curriculum development, teaching, curriculum evaluation, and/or teacher education and professional development. The program varies in the number of credit hours required, depending upon the candidate’s qualifications, and includes courses required for all doctoral students enrolled in the College of Education; courses in an area of focus, such as issues and trends in curriculum, teaching and learning, curriculum and program evaluation, and research on teacher education and professional development; breadth courses; a field project or an internship in college teaching; and the dissertation.

Common Careers

University or college professors, educational researchers, and/or educational leaders in curriculum development, teaching, curriculum evaluation, and/or teacher education and professional development.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have graduated, or will graduate, from a UHM recognized, accredited, master’s degree program prior to beginning the PhD, Education: Curriculum & Instruction program.

The GRE is Optional, but not required for admission to this program. Scores may be submitted as supplementary documentation if desired.

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

A written statement of objectives as part of your application.

Your resumé or CV.

A sample of scholarly writing as part of your application.

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

How to Apply
Application Deadlines
Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Fall *We are not accepting applications for fall 2024 enrollment.
Applications for fall 2025 enrollment will resume in October 2024
Spring N/A N/A

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

How to Apply
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

Most CS programs offer on-campus, evening classes that are currently held from 4:30-7:00p.m. Many CS programs also offer hybrid courses (both online & evening). See the UH Mānoa Catalog for details.


The PhD in Education Program, Curriculum & Instruction Track requires a minimum of 40 credit hours. Each course is generally 3 credits.

  • College Inquiry Core (9 credits)
  • Curriculum and Instruction Advanced Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Curriculum and Instruction Core Courses (9 credits)
  • Emphasis Area (9-15 credits)
  • Breadth or Electives (6-12 credits)
  • Field Study or Teaching Internship (3 credits)
  • Dissertation (1 credit, variable)

Please view the PhD Handbook to read the Guidelines for the PhD in Education Program, Curriculum and Instruction Track.

Faculty & Advising

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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Eomailani Kukahiko


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