MEd Interdisciplinary Education, Curriculum Studies

Typical Length 2 years

Delivery Hybrid



The MEd-CS Interdisciplinary Education track with an emphasis on Progressive Philosophy and Pedagogy is a 30-credit graduate program designed for educators and scholars from diverse disciplines and contexts, who are interested in building our collective capacity for creating a better future society for today’s children. Unique to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM), this program is grounded in Hawai‘i’s long and rich progressive education movement and is built upon the UHM College of Education’s partnerships with a number of local schools and organizations, who are bringing the theories and practices of early progressive educators into the twenty-first century. Experiences in the program are framed around an initial series of face-to-face summer seminars, distance learning, and a two-week immersive field experience so program participants can continuously apply what they are learning to their home schools and contexts. Grounded in an “intellectually safe philosophical community of inquiry” learning model, participants wrestle with real-world problems first hand, critically examine the progressive education movement and its relevance to Hawai‘i, and collaborate to carry forward the larger project of social justice. At the program’s completion, participants submit a portfolio that demonstrates individual and collective progress around the program’s core values of: experience, inquiry, dialogue, action, and reflection. In addition to earning a Masters in Curriculum Studies, program completers will also earn a UHM College of Education Philosophy for Children Hawai‘i Endorsed Certificate.

“As a society becomes more enlightened, it realizes that it is responsible not to transmit and conserve the whole of its existing achievements, but only such as make for a better future society. The school is its chief agency for the accomplishment of this end” (Dewey, 1916, p. 20).

Who should consider this program

Formal and informal educators, scholars, and community members who are interested in the potential of progressive philosophy and pedagogy to both enhance their own professional practice and create socially just systems for the promotion of a diverse democracy.

Common Careers

Graduates are recognized for their advanced knowledge and expertise in progressive philosophy and pedagogy. They are prepared to be leaders in school and community settings. Additionally, they are eligible to teach and lead at the community college or university level.

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 program.

To check if you graduated from a UHM recognized institution contact the UHM Graduate Division at 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 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.

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AlertYour resume or CV must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.


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.

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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:

600/100 (Paper/Internet)

25 Listening
25 Speaking

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 early Admission General Admission
Summer N/A February 15

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Tuition & Funding

Courses are offered through Outreach College and regular day school. Depending on how the course is offered, participants pay either the UHM regular or Outreach College per-credit course rate and fees.

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

The MEd-CS Progressive Philosophy and Pedagogy track is a cohorted program. Students take 2-courses each semester for 5 semesters: Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

  • Summer: students meet face-to-face to engage in seminar coursework and progressive education school field-based experiences.
  • Fall: students take two online courses 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. Students are also encouraged to attend and present at the national Progressive Education Network Conference.
  • Spring: students take one online course delivered primarily via the ZOOM e-classroom system. They also work with program coordinators and community partners to identify a two-week (minimum) time period to engage in a face-to-face field experience in one or more of the the program’s partner schools (e.g. Hanahau’oli School and UHM’s Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education’s “model schools”).
  • Summer: students take two online courses delivered primarily via the ZOOM e-classroom system.
  • Fall: students take two online courses delivered primarily via the ZOOM e-classroom system.

Throughout the program students are encouraged to spend longer periods of time/residencies in and with the program’s partner schools.


The MEd-CS Progressive Philosophy and Pedagogy track is a 30-credit graduate program consisting of the following:

Core Courses
Required Core Courses:

  • EDCS 622G: Curriculum Leadership (3)
  • EDCS 606: Introduction to Research (3)
  • EDCS 632: Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • EDCS 667G: Seminar in Curriculum Issues (3)

Required Courses:

  • PHIL 492: Philosophy with Children (3)
  • PHIL 493: Teaching Philosophy (3)
  • EDCS 630: Cultural Diversity in Education (3)
  • EDCS 640M: Seminar in Interdisciplinary Education (3)
  • PHIL 699 Directed Research (3)
  • EDCS 695: Plan B Master’s Project (3)

Culminating requirements:

Students complete a Plan B Paper/Project: Progressive Philosophy and Pedagogy Portfolio.

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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Amber Makaiau


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Chad Miller