Graduate Certificate

Typical Length 13 months

Delivery Campus-Based, Hybrid

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The Teacher Leader Graduate Certificate is an 18-credit program and partnership between the Curriculum Studies and the Educational Foundations departments to prepare teachers to lead classroom, school and district improvement through a range of leadership roles based on the Teacher Leader Model Standards. Graduates will be prepared with the knowledge and skills to assume educational leadership roles in various school and community contexts & conduct and disseminate research to inform Teacher Leadership. The certificate may be earned with the MEd-CS, or as a certificate-only program. Students have the option of adding the field, Teacher Leader, to an existing Hawai‘i Standard or Advanced License.

Who should consider this program

K-12 educators throughout Hawaiʻi with at least three years of teaching experience who will assume educational/teacher leadership roles in various school and community contexts.

Common careers

Graduates will be prepared with the knowledge and skills to: 1) assume educational leadership roles in various school and community contexts, 2) provide professional development for teachers and teacher leaders, 3) conduct and disseminate research relating to Teacher Leadership.

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”.

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 Teacher Leader 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.

Prior Experience View This Task

You must have a minimum of 3 years of professional teaching experience prior to beginning the course sequence.

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 Teacher Leader 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

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
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:
    • Department of Curriculum Studies,
      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

How to Apply
Application Deadlines
Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Summer N/A N/A
Fall March 31 with rolling admissions if capacity allows Feb 1 with rolling admissions if capacity allows
Spring N/A N/A

How to Apply
Tuition & Funding

The Certificate – Teacher Leader is offered through Outreach College and UHM regular day school. 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 options. Courses may be offered on-campus in the evening or as hybrid online courses. See the UH Mānoa Catalog for details.

Coursework

Required Courses: The Teacher Leader Graduate Certificate is an 18-credit program consisting of the following:

  • EDCS 622: Curriculum Leadership (3)
  • EDCS 607: New Literacies Leadership (3)
  • EDCS/EDEF 630: Cultural Diversity and Education (3)
  • EDCS 640 (Alpha) Seminar (3) Study in trends, research, and problems of implementation in teaching field. (C) English; (H) mathematics; (I) literacy; (J) science; (K) social studies; (M) interdisciplinary education; (N) art; (P) place-based education Or EDEF 652 History of Education in Hawai‘i
  • EDEF/EDEA 675: Introduction to Educational Policy Studies Or EDEF 667C: Leadership and Governance in Education
  • EDCS 640 (Alpha) Seminar (3) Study in trends, research, and problems of implementation in teaching field. (C) English; (H) mathematics; (I) literacy; (J) science; (K) social studies; (M) interdisciplinary education; (N) art; (P) place-based education Or EDCS 642 (G) Seminar in Diversity Issues (1) x 3 Or EDEF 649 Field Studies in Educational Foundations (V) (CAPSTONE)
  • Culminating Requirement: Teacher Leader capstone project

Note: A full list of courses is in the MEd-CS Handbook.

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.