Exploring the Field of Education

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The Minor in Education (MIE) provides undergraduate students with a unique learning opportunity to examine and participate in the field of education without having to be enrolled in a teacher licensure program. This minor is tailored to classified students who are interested in education as a second specialization. The minor will complement other majors, as well as provide an opportunity to explore education as a viable career option. In addition, full-time classified students can take advantage of UH Mānoa’s full-time tuition cap and often enroll in MIE courses at no added tuition cost when enrolled in 12 or more credits in a semester.

The MIE consists of a total of 15 credits of coursework. There are two core courses and then students select an additional three courses from a wide range of elective options from across the various departments in the college. Departments within the College of Education offering elective coursework include:

  • Curriculum Studies (EDCS)
  • Educational Foundations (EDEF)
  • Educational Psychology (EDEP)
  • School of Teacher Education (STE)
  • Learning Design & Technology (LTEC)
  • Special Education (SPED)

Get Certified as a Substitute Teacher

As an added benefit, candidates of the MIE are eligible to enroll in our online substitute course at a reduced cost ($50). The online substitute course is offered each semester, including summers, and MIE candidates enroll in the final semester of their degree. Candidates who complete the substitute course will be eligible to become certified as a substitute teacher with the Hawai‘i Department of Education (HIDOE). This gives our MIE graduates a viable employment option right out of college! If interested, please contact Aaron Levine (alevine@hawaii.edu).


The MIE is a face-to-face program offered on the UH-Mānoa campus. However, some coursework may be offered in an online format.

To be eligible for the Minor in Education, students must:

  • Maintain a minimum grade of  “C” or better in each individual MIE course and a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA for all MIE courses
  • Complete the two core courses (6 credits) and three additional courses (9 credits) from an approved list to satisfy credit requirements
  • Work with a College of Education advisor to select courses for the best integration with major coursework

*Courses taken for the MIE cannot be double counted for credits towards General Education and Major requirements.


There are two required core courses as part of the MIE. In addition to core coursework, students select three elective courses with approval by the MIE program advisor. View our MIE Courses page.

Elective Coursework

In addition to core coursework, students select three elective courses with approval by the MIE program advisor. The electives may be chosen from among the rich array offered throughout the college. All courses are 3 credits each. Some coursework may be offered in an online format.

Elective courses available every semester:

  • EDEF 310: Education in American Society (DS)
  • EDEP 311: Psychological Foundations (DS)
  • EDEP 429: Introductory Statistics
  • LTEC 112: Technologies for Academic Success
  • LTEC 442: Technologies in Education
  • LTEC 448: Social Media- Links to Lifelong Learning
  • SPED 304: Foundations of Inclusive Schooling (DS)

Additional Fall Electives

  • EDCS 417: STEM Pedagogy
  • EDCS 432: Adolescent Literature and Literacy
  • EDEF 408: Community and Culture
  • EDEF 445: Sociology of Education
  • STE 328: Responsive Pedagogy for Multilingual Learners
  • STE 417: Foundations of Early Childhood Education, Ages 3-8
  • SPED 202: Global and Historical Perspectives of Disability in the Media (FG)
  • SPED 462: Assessment, Planning, and Instruction for Students with Severe Disabilities/Autism

Additional Spring Electives

  • EDCS 417: STEM Pedagogy
  • EDCS 440: Curriculum Implications of Multicultural Education
  • EDEF 352: History of Education in Hawai‘i from Pre-contact to Statehood
  • STE 425: Family and Community Centered Program
  • SPED 201: Disability and Diversity in the Media (DS)

Additional Summer Electives

  • EDEF 408: Community and Culture
  • EDEF 445: Sociology of Education
  • STE 316: Field Experience, “Get Schooled”
  • SPED 402: Writing for Educational Professionals

Courses Not Offered on a Regular Basis

Please inquire with the MIE advisor to determine course availability.

  • EDCS 433: Interdisciplinary Science Curriculum
  • EDEF/EDCS 453: Gender Issues in Education
  • EDEP 201: Introduction to Teaching as a Career
  • STE 380: Managing Classrooms
  • STE 441: Hawaiian Studies, Methods
  • SPED 446: Seminar in Special Education


To learn more about the Minor in Education and application process, please schedule an advising appointment with the Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS) at the College of Education.

Download and complete the Minor in Education Certification Form

Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS)  

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