MEd Curriculum Studies, Interdisciplinary Education

FAQs

Eligibility

Are there any prerequisites to enter the MEd CS track?

Yes, completed BA or BS with a 3.0 GPA or better, participate in education as a formal or informal educator at any level.

I have not graduated with a four-year bachelor's degree. Can I still apply?

A requirement for admission is the completion of a four-year bachelor’s program with a 3.0 GPA or better. While you can apply for the MEd-CS STEMS2 prior to the completion of your bachelors degree (i.e., in the fall or spring of your senior year) your transcript must demonstrate expected completion of your bachelor’s degree prior to the start of the STEMS2 program.

Do I need to convert my GPA to a 4.0 scale?

As a graduate program approved by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Graduate Division, MEd-CS STEMS² requires applicants to demonstrate an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better. GPA transcript review is conducted by Graduate Division. If your undergraduate degree is awarded by an institution that does not report grades on a 4.0 scale please contact Graduate Division (http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/) to determine what additional information they require if any.

General

Can I work during my study in the graduate program?

Yes. Classes are typically offered outside of the traditional school day, evenings or weekends depending on the needs of the cohort, during the Fall and Spring academic year and many are offered online. In Summer 1 and Summer 2 classes meet all day everyday for three weeks starting in June (last week of June in Summer 1 and  second week of June in Summer 2). Participants must be present for all three weeks of the summer experiences.

Is the MEd CS STEMS² program available to students outside Hawaii?

Yes, our program is hybrid (online & Face-to-Face) so we welcome students from diverse geographic locations. Candidates residing outside of Oahu, please inquire about travel stipends and accommodations for Summer 1 and Summer 2 three week learning experiences.

What does it mean to be in a cohorted program?

The STEMS² masters limited cohort participation to 20 people. These 20 people build a collective learning community that includes their instructors, cohort members and STEMS² community partners.

What is the time commitment during the three-week summer session?

From Monday-Saturday, we will typically run from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (possibly earlier/later on some days). In the last week of Summer 1 and the first week of Summer 2, the cohort will lodge together all week as we engage in learning journeys of a neighbor island.

Other

Do the courses that I take in EDCS count in advancing in the HIDOE salary schedule?

Students need to check with their Reclassification Department Officer to find out if any course that they take advances them in their schedule. For teachers already in the DOE system in Hawai‘i, it depends on their field of expertise and their school assignment responsibilities. From the UH side, the course needs to be within a degree granting program, and the course content needs to be related to the teacher’s field of expertise. Applications must be filled out with the HIDOE Reclassification Department. Previous graduates have had their coursework count in advancing their HIDOE salary.

Coursework

Is it possible to pursue a Graduate Certificate and the Master of Education in Curriculum Studies?

The Department has five graduate certificates, but is currently offering three graduate certificates in Ethnomathematics, Literacy, and Teacher Leadership that range from 15-18 credits. On a case-by-case basis STEMS² applicants can request up to 12 credits from a CS graduate certificate be credited in the STEMS² pathway. You may pursue both graduate certificate and MEd CS degree if you fulfill the requirements for both but individual approval is required at the time of application.

Funding

Why is Hawaii resident, Non-resident, and International student tuition the same?

The STEMS² masters is offered through Outreach College. If a program is completely online, Hawaii resident, Non-resident, and International student tuition is the same. In addition, if courses are held during the summer, resident tuition rate applies to all students.

Application

Who do I contact if I have questions to ask before or during the application process?

Please contact Jaime Lum, STEMS2 Administrative Assistant, at stems2@hawaii.edu.

Does STEMS² offer conditional admission?

In rare cases, if an applicant appears to be a good fit for a STEMS² cohort but their GPA is slightly below the required 3.0, conditional admission can be considered upon the approval of the STEMS² program Director, the Chair of the Curriculum Studies department and UH Manoa Graduate Division. Conditional admissions are addressed on a case-by-case basis.