Place-based and Sustainability Education
MEd Interdisciplinary Education, Curriculum Studies
Typical Length 2 years
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.
PK-20 formal and informal educators interested in developing place-based, interdisciplinary, culturally sustaining curricula oriented to sustainable, resilient communities and ecosystems.
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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- 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 email@example.com 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
Honolulu, HI 96822Unofficial 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.
- Save your statement as either a word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.
- Name the file with your name and the word statement
- 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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OrMail 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
- 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:
6.00 for the Overall band test results
Send your official scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
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
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
Honolulu, HI 96822
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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)
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.
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.
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.