Master of Education in Teaching (MEDT)

Typical Length 2 years

Delivery Hybrid

46

Credits

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Licensure

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Stipends Available

Delayed Admissions – The next cohort for the MEdT Dual Secondary and Special Education program will begin in Fall 2021.

The Master of Education in Teaching (MEdT) dual licensure program in Secondary & Special Education is a statewide, two-year, field-based program designed for those pursuing careers in teaching who have earned baccalaureate degrees in fields other than education. Statewide degree and certificate programs are designed to be accessible to students living on any of the islands of Hawai’i.

Upon successful completion of this degree and submission of passing scores for the appropriate licensing tests, you will be recommended for initial teacher licensure to the Hawaii Teachers Standards Board (HTSB) to teach two areas: one in a secondary (6-12) content area (English, Hawaiian Language, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies) and one in special education mild/moderate, while also obtaining a Masterʻs degree.

The MEdT program is field-based with candidates beginning field experiences in schools during their first semester of the program. Candidates will complete two semesters of field experience, followed by a semester of full-time student teaching in the secondary content area and a second semester of full-time student teaching in a special education placement. Field experiences (practicum & residency) will be completed at an assigned MEdT partner school on the island they reside. Candidates may not choose the location or grade level of their placement and must be willing to cover all transportation costs to the assigned school sites anywhere on the island.

Career & Licensure Information

Upon successful completion of this degree and submission of passing scores for the appropriate licensing tests, you will be recommended for initial teacher licensure to the Hawaii Teachers Standards Board (HTSB) to teach two areas: one in a secondary (6-12) content area (English, Hawaiian Language, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies) and one in special education mild/moderate, while also obtaining a Masterʻs degree.

Once completing an initial teacher licensure program, graduates are eligible to apply for a state license through the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, which will allow the licensee to teach in public and charter schools in the State of Hawaii.

Hawai’i also participates in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement which facilitates the mobility of educators among the states that are members of NASDTEC. UHM recommends you contact the office of certification in any state to which you may be relocating to get the most current information. See the NASDTEC website for more information.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • An undergraduate degree awarded by an accredited college or university in a field other than educational licensure program.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (GPAs of at least 2.7 will be considered only after those who meet the minimum requirement)
  • Prior teaching experience is not required.

Pre-requisite Course (MEdT Dual Secondary/SPED only):

  • B or better in SPED 304 (may be taken in summer after application has been submitted)
Application Deadlines
Starting Semester Priority Admission Final Admission
Fall Admission Only February 1 March 1

How to Apply
Delivery & Format

The program is offered as a 2-year, full-time hybrid (online and face-to-face) program. There will be no more than four face-to-face weekend meetings each semester.

The program will provide a travel stipend to candidates participating in the statewide option for each face-to-face meeting. Candidates are expected to arrange and pay for travel to and from neighbor islands with this partial stipend subsidy.

The hybrid statewide cohort will meet for class online in the evenings from 4:30pm – 7:00pm (3x/week max) with three face-to-face weekend sessions each semester. The program will provide a partial stipend subsidy for neighbor island candidates traveling to weekend face-to-face meetings. All MEdT candidates attend a mandatory orientation in early August.

 

Tuition & Funding

MEdT candidates pay general graduate tuition. The approximate cost of tuition for 46 credits is $30,000. See the UH Manoa website for the current general graduate tuition rate: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/records/tuition_fees/tuition.html

STIPENDS: For candidates in the Dual Secondary/SPED cohort, a 31-credit tuition stipend may be available for those who agree to teach SPED in a Hawaii DOE school for a minimum of 3 years after program completion.

FEDERAL TEACHER LOAN FORGIVENESS: SPED teachers at Title I schools can qualify for up to $17,500.00 in loan forgiveness.

For more information about applying for financial aid, visit the Financial Aid website: https://www.hawaii.edu/fas/get_started/.

Coursework

To earn their degree, MEdT candidates are required to complete 46 credits of MEdT and professional specialization courses as well as a Plan B paper or project. Candidates entering the program are expected to have completed an undergraduate program of study that provided depth and breadth of knowledge in mathematics, science, social studies or English/ language arts needed to succeed as a secondary or elementary classroom teacher. Deficits in the content areas may require additional coursework.

The MEdT program consists of the following:

  • Core Courses (31 credits) –  With a focus on inquiry, the core coursework (Professional Studies, Field Observations, Student Teaching & Internship) involves one field course and one seminar each semester. This combination of coursework and structured time in partner schools gives MEdT candidates opportunities to integrate theory and practice.
  • Professional Specialization (15 credits) – The professional specialization coursework differs based on cohort and content area. These courses are meant to help candidates further develop their knowledge of teaching in their content area and their strengths as teacher leaders.
  • A Plan B Paper/Project

Please see the following program sheet for more information:

Program Contact

Each MEdT cohort has cohort coordinators who provide guidance and resources to support candidates success from beginning to end.

Prospective students should complete our contact form: http://tiny.cc/medtinfo to get in touch with an advisor.