Graduate Certificate

Typical Length 15 months

Delivery Hybrid




Stipends Available

“In the end we will conserve only what we love, and we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum, Senegalese environmentalist, 1968

The Sustainability & Resilience Education (SRE) Graduate Certificate is a 15-credit program that prepares formal (school-based) and informal (community-based) educators and graduates from any field to integrate place-based, local, global, indigenous knowledge and 21st Century sustainability research and literacies into their curriculum and instruction. It accomplishes this by providing a coherent set of education and content area courses spanning various disciplines–e.g., science, new literacies in particular eco-literacies, and cultural diversity. The program is based on research related to place-based, culturally sustaining professional development that provides real world interdisciplinary curricula. It integrates teaching and learning about natural and social systems towards the goal of actions oriented to more sustainable, resilient social ecosystems.  The SRE Graduate Certificate is aligned with the University of Hawai‘iʻs mission to “be a global leader in the integration of sustainability in its teaching, research, operations and service… embrac[ing] both indigenous practitioners and global experts to advance Hawaiʻi’s stewardship and use of energy, food, water, land and sea for the well-being of the state and the world.”

The certificate may be earned with the MEd-CS or any other degree program, or as a certificate-only program.

Who should consider this program

PK-20 formal and informal educators and graduates from any field 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 issues and 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.

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.

Make sure you choose the application type “Graduate Studies”.

For checklist item #7 (Planned Course of Study) select "Sustainability & Resilience Education-Graduate Certificate**"

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 Sustain & Resilience, Graduate Certificate 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 Sustain & Resilience, Graduate Certificate 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.


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

Two Letters of Recommendation View This Task

Two (2) letters of recommendation

List two 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

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

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Application Deadlines
Fall June 1 June 1
Spring October 1 September 1
Summer N/A N/A

Applications for Fall 2020 semester will be reviewed upon receipt on a rolling basis beginning April 15. Review will continue until a cohort fills (20 people) on or before the June 1st deadline (deadline has been extended to August 10).

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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 program is primarily online, with possibly 1-2 field visits to sites on Oahu island to be shared as a virtual field trip with peers who cannot attend. Non-Oahu-based students who are unable to attend these field visits in person, as well as international students participating from outside the U.S., will in turn create and share a virtual field visit with peers to a site in their own community.



The Sustainability and Resilience Education Graduate Certificate is a 15-credit graduate program consisting of the following courses:

  • EDCS 640P: Seminar in Place-based Education (SUST)
  • EDCS 623: Science & Science Curriculum (SUST)
  • EDCS 608: Literacy Across the Disciplines (S): (SUST)
  • Content course: Students select a course inside or outside the College of Education with advisor consent to build content expertise in an area related to sustainability and resilience (Elective)
  • EDCS 696: Graduate Certificate Capstone (3)

Note: EDCS 640P, EDCS 623, EDCS 608 are designated SUST courses by the UH Mānoa Institute for Sustainability and Resilience Education (ISR) and underwent rigorous review by an interdisciplinary committee of faculty currently representing six units across the UHM campus. SUST courses are “multidisciplinary and designed to ground students in understanding natural systems in relationship to society.”

International Students

International applicants already residing in the U.S. with a student visa will have restrictions on the number of online course credits they can enroll in, and may or may not be eligible to enroll in this certificate program. International applicants not residing in the U.S., and with no plans of entering the U.S. are eligible apply. If you are an international applicant, please contact program director below to verify eligibility before you begin preparing your application.

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