Bachelor in Secondary Education
Bachelor’s of Education - Secondary Education
Typical Length 4 years
Delivery Campus Based
The Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education (BEd-Secondary) is designed for students who wish to obtain eligibility for license to teach grades 6-12 in a content area. The program offers a cohesive, standards- and field-based experience that encourages teacher candidates to integrate educational theory and practice in cooperating secondary schools. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be recommended to the Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) for initial teacher licensure.
UH Mānoa Freshman and Sophomore students can declare their major and enter the College of Educationʻs (COE) pre-licensure track by going to: Mākālei.
Graduates of this program become teachers in secondary educational institutions, both public (Hawai‘i Department of Education and Public Charter Schools) and private.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be recommended for licensure to teach 6-12th grade in a subject field in the state of Hawai‘i. The ITE Secondary Program offers teaching majors in the following fields:
- Philippine Languages*
- Other Academic Majors
- Social Studies
- American Studies
- Hawaiian Studies
- Political Science
- Earth Science*
- General Science
- Physical Science
*These majors are dependent upon the availability of mentor teachers.
- Apply to UH System View This Task
For undergraduates transferring from other institutions, UHM unclassified undergraduates, undergraduates not currently enrolled at UHM, or second baccalaureate applicants, you also must submit a University of Hawai‘i System Application Form (SAF) to the UHM Office of Admissions.
You may have already done this if:
- you are an incoming freshman who has received a welcome letter from OSAS,
- you are a classified undergraduate who is changing majors to the COE,
- you are already enrolled in and taking classes at UHM.
- Cumulative GPA View This Task
Check specific program sheets for the required GPA this program.
To be eligible for any College of Education licensure track program, students must maintain a cumulative (combined) Grade Point Average (GPA) at or above a required level. Check specific program sheets or admission brochure for the GPA required of your intended program.
If your cumulative GPA does not meet, or if you are not sure if your cumulative GPA meets, the required minimum contact OSAS at email@example.com or 808-956-7915 or 808-956-7849.
- Major Cumulative GPA View This Task
Check specific program sheets for the Major GPA required of your intended program.
To be eligible for any College of Education Licensure Track Program, you must maintain a cumulative (combined) Grade Point Average (GPA) in your academic major at or above a required level. Check specific program sheets for the Major GPA required of your intended program.
- Completed 55 Credits View This Task
Applicants must complete 55 credits prior to beginning a COE Licensure Track program. The 55 credits can be from UHM and/or approved transfer credits from another institution.
- Completed UHM General Education Core Requirements View This Task
The UHM General Education Core Requirements must be completed prior to the start of a COE Licensure Track program. Applicants who have completed an articulated Associates of Arts (AA) degree from a UH Community College are considered to have met the UHM General Education Core Requirements.
You are required to verify with an advisor if you have completed or are in progress of completing any of the following degrees:
- A.S.T. from Leeward Community College.
- A.S. in Human Services Early Childhood Specialization from Maui College
- A.S. in Early Childhood Education- Preschool Option from Honolulu Community College
- A.S. in Early Childhood Education from Hawai‘i Community College
- A.A. in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Elementary Education from Ka‘piolani Community College
- A.A. in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Secondary Education from Ka‘piolani Community College
The UHM General Education Core Requirements consist of both Foundations and Diversification courses. Use the program sheets for your intended program to see what the UHM General Education Core Requirements are for your intended COE Licensure Track program. To find out more information on the UHM General Education Core Requirements, please refer to the UHM General Education Website
- Foundations Requirement - 12 Credits Required
- Written Communication (FW) - 3 Credits
- Symbolic Reasoning (FS) - 3 Credits
- Global & Multicultural Perspectives (FG) - 6 Credits
- Diversification Requirement - 19 Credits Required
- Arts (DA), Humanities (DH), & Literatures (DL) - 6 Credits
- Take 3 credits each in 2 of the 3 areas (DA, DH, DL)
- Biological Sciences (DB) - 3 Credits
- Physical Sciences (DP) - 3 Credits
- Science Laboratory (DY) - 1 Credit
- Social Sciences (DS) - 6 Credits
- Take 3 credits each from 2 different departments
- Arts (DA), Humanities (DH), & Literatures (DL) - 6 Credits
- Completed Licensure Track Prerequisite Courses View This Task
Applicants must complete or be in the process of completing licensure track prerequisite courses at the time of their application. A list of licensure track prerequisite courses is on the program sheet of each COE Licensure Track program.
- Completed All Academic Major Courses View This Task
Prior to the start of your intended program you must complete all academic major courses. To see what courses are required for your academic major, refer to the appropriate program sheet.
- 40 Hours of Documented Group Leadership Experiences View This Task
Prior to applying, applicants must complete 40 hours of paid or voluntary group leadership field experience with the appropriate age group according to their major.
For example, Secondary Education students are required to work with 6 - 12th grade aged students (except for BS- Health and Physical Education majors, K-12 is required). Elementary Education students are required to work with K - 6th grade students. The experience must have been completed after high school and cannot have occurred more than 5 years prior to acceptance to a COE Licensure Track program.
- Download the Group Leadership Certification Form
- Submit the completed form to the College of Education:
- Upload your Group Leadership Certification Form
- Must be in Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format
- Name your file Lastname_Firstname_FE (i.e. Doe_Jane_FE)
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: 808-956-4271
- Mail/In Person :
College of Education
Office of Student Academic Services
1776 University Avenue
Everly Hall, Room 126
Honolulu, HI 96822
- Upload your Group Leadership Certification Form (preferred)
- Interview with Program View This Task
Interviews are required of all eligible applicants.
Interviews are required of all eligible applicants. All applicants must use Mākālei to submit a complete online application by the deadline. Applicants must submit a complete application by the application deadline (September 1 for priority consideration or October 1 for regular consideration) in order to be eligible for a face-to-face or live online interview.
Applicants who submit a complete application by September 1st will be contacted after September 1st to schedule an interview during the week of September 23rd. Applicants who submit a complete application between September 2nd and October 1st will be contacted after October 1st to schedule an interview during the week of October 14th. Interviews will be held on the U.H. Manoa campus and/or online. Applicants who interview online will be provided with a link to the online portal prior to the interview.
Applicants with any learning, physical, psychiatric or other documented disabilities who need special accommodations for the interview should contact Kokua Services
Please refer to the Secondary Eduation Interview Instructions (PDF) for more information.
- Personal Statement/Essay View This Task
You are required to write a personal statement as part of your application.
- Three Professional References View This Task
Three (3) references
- Repeated Courses (if any) View This Task
New cohorts start only in Spring semesters. Application deadlines are as follows:
- International Students: September 1 (refer to the International Admission Process for detailed information)
- September 1: General Priority Deadline
- October 1: General Final Deadline
Students are admitted to the BEd-Secondary program after completing the majority of their academic major content courses. Requirements include completion of the General Education Core specified for education majors, a major in a teaching field, foundations and methods courses in secondary education, and student teaching, for a minimum of 120 credits.
- General breakdown of program of study (33-36 credits)
- Term 1 (Spring)
- ITE 401: Engaging the Adolescent Learner
- ITE 402(n): Teaching Practicum, Supervised Field Experience, 2 days/week + Seminar
- ITE 440: Curriculum Implications of Multicultural Education
- Summer Term (or prior to Term 3)
- EDEF 610: Foundation of Educational Theory
- EDEP 631: Adolescence and Education
- Term 2 (Fall)
- ITE 402(Alpha): Teaching Practicum, Field Experience, 2 days/week + Seminar
- ITE 404(Alpha): Teaching in the Subject Field
- SPED 445 Educating Exceptional Students in Regular Classrooms, Secondary
- Term 3 (Spring)
- ITE 405(Alpha): Teaching Residency, Supervised Full-Time Teaching, 5 days/week
- ITE 406: Seminar in Teaching Residency
- Term 1 (Spring)
The tuition rates for Fall 2019 are $663 per credit for residents and $1,558 per credit for non-residents. Students enrolled in an online program will only be assessed for resident tuition regardless of their residence in a different state or country. See the “Graduate General & Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified” heading on the Office of the Registrar’s website.
See the following sites for funding information:
- UH Manoa General Scholarship List
- Financial Support section of the Graduate Division website
- College of Education Scholarship Application
- STAR website (please note that this is only accessible to students with a valid UH ID number – must be admitted as a student prior to looking for scholarships on this site)
- UH Manoa Financial Aid Office (email@example.com).
Please complete the Request More Info form and we will connect you with someone who will be happy to answer your questions, provide more detailed information, and assist with the application process once admissions open.