Typical Length 2 years

Delivery Hybrid


Stipends Available

The Department certifies its own school administrators through the Hawaiʻi Certification Institute for School Leaders (HICISL). The two-year HICISL program promotes the performance of aspiring school leaders in their role through coaching, coursework and residency components.  EDEA administers the courses to assist candidates in completing the program. Selection for the HICISL program is made by the DOE. The UHM EDEA program provides the courses to the CISL participants, however is not involved in the selection process.

For additional information on the Hawaii DOE HICISL program: http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/LicensureAndCertification/Pages/home.aspx

For further information about becoming a certified school level administrator (i.e. Principal or Vice Principal), contact:

Professional Development and Educational Research Institute (PDERI)

Address: 345 Puuhale Road Room 106, Honolulu, HI 96819

Phone: 808-784-5300

Fax: 808-832-3207

Student interested in the master’s option, please see Master’s in K12 information.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must complete an Outreach College application.

Delivery Format

Courses offered in combination as online, hybrid, or in-person on the Mānoa campus.  Courses are offered through the Departments of Educational Administration in the College of Education. Students are able to complete the program in 2 years.

Tuition and Financial Assistance

For the most current information, refer to the Graduate Division website, UHM regular Tuition and Fees, or UHM Outreach College Tuition & Fees.

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education is committed to supporting your career advancement goals. All HICISL participants may be eligible to receive $500 per selected course, subject to the availability of funds, given the current university budget situation.

*The following students are not eligible for the scholarship award:

  1. Students using the UHM employee tuition benefit,
  2. Unclassified students not enrolled in an EDEA graduate program or not a HICISL participant

Awards are not retroactive, and based on the studentʻs status for that current semester.

Application Deadlines

Rolling application period.

How to Apply

21 credits

  • EDEA 601: Introduction to Educational Administration (3)
  • EDEA 775: Seminar on the Principalship (3)
  • EDEA 680: Curriculum Administration (3)
  • EDEA 630K: Education Law (3)
  • EDEA 610: School-Community Relations (3)
  • EDEA 620K: Education Finance (3)
  • EDEA 670: Teacher Development & Evaluation (3)

Faculty & Advising

EDEA Assistant Professor Ethan Chang has taught graduate courses in educational administration at UHM since 2021 and has worked collectively with the HIDOE, preparing administrators for the state’s public schools. He has worked and conducted research in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and teacher evaluation, and has written articles and conference papers in these areas as well.

For more information on HICISL option, contact Dr. Ethan Chang:

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Ethan Chang

Assistant Professor

(808) 956-7843