MEd, Curriculum Studies

Typical Length 17 months

Delivery Hybrid

Nationally Accredited

The MEd Curriculum Studies, Mathematics Education is a cohorted 30-credit hybrid track 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 completing the Ethnomathematics Graduate Certificate and the master’s degree concurrently. The focus area is ethnomathematics, but the MEd is broader in scope including theories, research methodologies, and pedagogies.

Common Careers

Graduates of the program become leaders at the school-, district-, and state-level, and beyond. They provide instruction and deliver professional development through increased 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

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 MEd, Curriculum Studies: Mathematics Education 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 resumé or CV.

Three (3) 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.

How to Apply
Application Deadlines
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 & Financial Assistance

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

General information on financial assistance may be found at:

Ethnomathematics program scholarships are available to ALL students who successfully complete the course of study.

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

Delivery Format

The MEd-CS Mathematics Education and Ethnomathematics Graduate Certificate pathway is online, except for a weeklong orientation during the first summer and a concluding weekend at the end of spring semester. Cohorts begin annually during Summer. Each cohort will span one summer and three academic semesters (i.e., Summer, Fall, Spring, Fall).

2024-2025 Dates

  • Summer 2024 (in-person):
    • June 24-30, 2024 (in-person weeklong orientation)
      • Monday-Thursday will typically run from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (possibly earlier/later on some days). Friday-Sunday the cohort may lodge together all weekend (beginning Friday morning and ending Sunday evening).
      • Participation in the entire weeklong orientation is required.
  • Fall 2024 (online):
    • Weekly online from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. HST.
  • Spring 2025 (online/in-person):
    • Weekly online from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. HST.
    • May 3-4, 2025 (in-person weekend)
      • Saturday will typically run from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sunday will typically be from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (possibly earlier/later on some days).
      • Participation in the entire weekend is required.
  • Fall 2025 (online):
    • Weekly online from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. HST.

Students are responsible for covering accommodations, flights, ground transportation, and meals. Assistance will be provided with obtaining UHM on-campus student housing rates during the weeklong orientation and concluding weekend.

Ethnomathematics program scholarships are available to ALL students who successfully complete the course of study. These may be used to offset the cost of attending in-person instruction.

Refer to FAQs for more information on program format and design.


The MEd-CS Mathematics Education track is a 30-credit graduate program consisting of the following:

  • 4 core courses (12-credits) – EDCS 622G Curriculum Leadership: K–14 (3), EDCS 606 Introduction to Research in Curriculum and Teaching (3), EDCS 632 Qualitative Research Methods (3), and EDCS 667 Seminar in Curriculum (3).
  • Minimum 6 specialization courses (18-credits) – required and/or recommended coursework and directed study in specialization track. Courses should be chosen in consultation with advisor.
  • Plan A Thesis or Plan B Paper/Project.

For a full listing of courses, see the MEd-CS Handbook: Mathematics Education.

Applied coursework will be embedded in the program.

International Students

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


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
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Linda Furuto

Professor of Mathematics Education

(808) 956-3359