Graduate Certificate, Curriculum Studies

Typical Length 11 months

Delivery Summer Hybrid




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Introduction & Program Objectives

The Ethnomathematics Graduate Certificate is a 15-credit hybrid program grounded in real-world problem-solving that empowers teachers as leaders to be locally-minded, global citizens through a sense of purpose and a sense of place. Students have the option of adding the field, Ethnomathematics, to an existing Hawai‘i Standard or Advanced License. As endorsed by the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board, the ethnomathematics program assessments, rubrics, and framework meet state and federal standards.

The Ethnomathematics program creates opportunities to develop teachers as leaders through the following objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of culturally-sustaining mathematics content aligned with K–12 federal and state standards and values-based frameworks;
  • Prepare teachers as leaders to provide instruction and professional development in Ethnomathematics in their schools, districts, and communities; and
  • Strengthen sustainable campus-community networks leading to college, career, and community readiness.

Many of our students choose to enroll concurrently in this program and in the College of Education’s Master’s track in Math Education. Learn more about the Ethnomath + Master’s Option below.

Common Careers

Graduates of the program become leaders at the school-, district-, and state-level, and beyond. They provide instruction and deliver professional development in ethnomathematics in their communities. With the HTSB add-a-field licensure in ethnomathematics, they are able to increase content and pedagogical knowledge aligned with Mathematics Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and Nā Hopena A‘o (HĀ).

Admission Requirements
Apply to UHM Graduate Division View This Task

You must submit a graduate division application separate from Mākalei. In order to complete you application process you must submit applications through both Mākalei and UH Graduate Division.

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 "Ethnomathematics-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 Ethnomathematics 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 Ethnomathematics Graduate Certificate program.

Students applying to the MEd Curriculum Studies and Ethomathematics Graduate Certificate concurrently:

Please submit your Statement of Objectives with your MEd applications ONLY. Do not resubmit it here, click that you agree to the statement, save and move on.

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

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.

Students applying to the MEd Curriculum Studies and Ethomathematics Graduate Certificate concurrently:

Please submit your letters of recommendation with your MEd applications ONLY. Do not resubmit it here, click that you agree to the statement, save and move on.

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

How to Apply
Application Deadlines
Starting Semester EARLY Admission GENERAL Admission
Summer December 1 February 1

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt on a rolling basis beginning December 1. Review will continue until a cohort fills (20 people) on or before the February 1st deadline. It is recommended that you apply before the early admission deadline.

How to Apply
Tuition and Financial Assistance

The Ethnomathematics Graduate Certificate is offered through Outreach College. All participants (Hawaiʻi resident and Non-resident) in this program pay the Hawaiʻi-resident per-credit course rate and fees.

For the most current information, always refer to the Graduate Division Website, UHM Tuition & Fees, or UHM Outreach College Tuition & Fees.

Federal financial aid is only available to students who are enrolled in both the Ethnomathematics Graduate Certificate AND Master’s in Math Education. Stipends and funding opportunities are available for both programs.

General information on financial assistance may be found at:

Delivery Format

The Ethnomathematics Graduate Certificate is online, except for a weeklong orientation during the first summer and a concluding weekend at the end of the spring semester. Cohorts begin annually during Summer. Each cohort will span one academic year, plus the preceding summer (i.e., Summer, Fall, Spring).

  • EDCS 654: Ethnomathematics (3)
  • EDCS 606: Introduction to Research in Curriculum and Teaching (3)
  • EDCS 622G: Curriculum Leadership: K–14 (3)
  • EDCS 632: Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • EDCS 653F: Mathematics in the Schools: Integrated Mathematics Content (3)

*Applied classroom-based projects are embedded into coursework.

Ethnomathematics + Masterʻs Option

Candidates may choose to complete the Ethnomathematics Graduate Certificate program on its own, or while pursuing an MEd Curriculum Studies, Math Education. The table below provides details regarding these options.

Summer 2021
(in-person July 12-18)
EDCS 654 Ethnomathematics (3)



Fall 2021
EDCS 606 Introduction to Research in Curriculum & Teaching (3)

EDCS 622G Curriculum Leadership:
K–14 (3)

EDCS 624 School Mathematics
Curriculum (3)
Spring 2022
(online) (in person April 30-May 1)
EDCS 632 Qualitative Research Methodology (3)

EDCS 653F Mathematics in the Schools: Integrated Mathematics Content (3)

EDCS 667 Seminar in Curriculum (3)


Fall 2022
EDCS 494 Problem Solving in
Mathematics Education (3)EDCS 640H Seminar in Teaching Mathematics (3)EDCS 699 Directed Reading and/or Research (3)

*Must apply separately for Add-a-Field license with the Hawaii Teachers Standards Board. Participants already holding a license in the State of Hawai‘i may add-a-field of licensure in Ethnomathematics through the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board with additional requirements.

To pursue this option, contact the program coordinator listed below.

International Students

International applicants: please contact program director below to discuss eligibility by November 15.

Program Coordinator

Our faculty and staff will provide you with guidance and resources to support your success from beginning to end. We look forward to hearing from you!

Program Coordinator
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Linda Furuto

Professor of Mathematics Education

(808) 956-3359