MEd Interdisciplinary Education, Curriculum Studies

Typical Length 2 years

Delivery Hybrid

30

Credits

MEd-CS Interdisciplinary Education track with an emphasis in Place Based and Sustainability Education is a 30-credit cohorted program for educators interested in place-based teaching and learning in the ahupua‘a and cultures of Hawai‘i’s students, local and global communities. This project is based on Next Generation Science Standards and Nā Hopena Aʻo, the Hawai‘i Department of Education framework “to develop the skills, behaviors and dispositions that are reminiscent of Hawaiʻi’s unique context, and to honor the qualities and values of the indigenous language and culture of Hawaiʻi.” Place-based activities embodying core Hawaiian cultural values of sustainability and environmental stewardship will develop teachers’ culturally grounded competencies. Courses are field-based, online and at school sites. Three courses are tuition-free with acceptance into Dr. Pauline Chinn’s 2017-2021 NSF grant program. This track will prepare you to: (a) teach ecological, cultural and economic issues, (b) give students real world learning experiences, (c) integrate subjects for problem and project-based learning, and (d) collaborate with school and community colleagues.

Who should consider this program

PK-20 formal and informal educators interested in developing place-based, interdisciplinary, culturally sustaining curricula oriented to sustainable, resilient communities and ecosystems.

Common careers

Graduates are prepared to be educational leaders in school and community settings. They gain community and curricular mapping strategies that identify community-based educational resources and develop partnerships supporting high context curriculum development. Finally, their research skills support ongoing planning, evaluation and refining of programs that reflect changes in their educational ecosystem.
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Admission Requirements
Apply to UHM Graduate Division View This Task

You must submit a graduate division application.

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 "Curriculum Studies-MEd"

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

Completed Baccalaureate Degree View This Task

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: Interdisciplinary: Place-Based Education (Ahupua'a & Watershed) program.

To check if you graduated from a UHM recognized institution contact the UHM Graduate Division at gradss@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-8544.

Undergraduate Cumulative GPA View This Task

An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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.

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 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

A written 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 MEd, Curriculum Studies: Interdisciplinary: Place-Based Education (Ahupua'a & Watershed) program.



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.

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.

Or

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

Three Letters of Recommendation View This Task

Three (3) letters of recommendation

List three 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.

Name E-mail Phone Relationship Send
1.
2.
3.

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

English Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) View This Task

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. For more information on the TOEFL and IELTS tests and to determine if you need to take them please visit the Graduate Division's English Proficiency website.

Minimum acceptable scores for the 2 tests are:

TOEFL -
600/100 (Paper/Internet)
Subtests:

25 Listening
25 Speaking

IELTS -
6.00 for the Overall band test results

Send your official scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Identification Documents View This Task

International students are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)

As required by U.S. federal regulations, all international applicants are required to submit a copy of their passport identification pages, or a copy of their national identification card if a passport is not available.

Send your identification documents to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses ,including expenses for any accompanying spouse or children. Upon admission to UHM, only international applicants with proof of funding will receive visa documents. The Confidential Financial Statement Form for International Applicants is required of most international applicants.

Send your financial statement to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

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Application Deadlines
Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Fall March 1 February 1
Spring N/A N/A
Summer N/A N/A

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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

CS programs offer a diverse array of course delivery. Courses may be offered on-campus in the evening or as hybrid online courses. See the UH Mānoa Catalog for details.

MEd Place Based and Sustainability Education courses may be online or hybrid online/ face to face. EDCS 640P(S) Seminar in Place-based Education, Sustainability has online, face-to-face, and field-based components. Participants are invited to host the class to share how they work with community partners and/or incorporate their place-based resources into curriculum and instruction.

Coursework

The MEd-CS Place Based and Sustainability Education 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 A Thesis or Plan B Paper/Project

For a full listing of courses, see the MEd-CS Handbook 1: Prospective and New Students.

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