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.
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.
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.
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.
An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.
A written statement of objectives as part of your application.
Your resume or CV.
Two (2) letters of recommendation
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.
International students are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)
International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses
How to Apply
|Starting Semester||General Admission||International Students Admission|
|Fall||March 31 with rolling admissions if capacity allows||*|
* International students, in light of changing US entry visa and policies due to COVID-19, please contact Graduate Division at email@example.com to discuss admissions.
How to Apply
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:
- 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 options. Courses may be offered on-campus in the evening or as hybrid online courses. See the UH Mānoa Catalog for details.
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.
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.