ITE Secondary Education

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About the Secondary Education Program

The Secondary Education Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is a transformative learning experience that prepares educators to develop a deep knowledge for teaching. Our program is rooted in a sense of place and community as a foundation for sparking students’ wonder and imagination about their future contributions to their communities and our world. We develop educatators who empower all youth to envision themselves as the local and global leaders of tomorrow. We prepare teachers who contribute to crafting schools that inspire and provide students with opportunities to develop dispositions, knowledge, skills, to contribute to problem solving, reasoning, collaborating, and communicating effectively in order to enact their agency to create a peaceful, democratic, and technologically-rich society.

Goal of the Program

The goal of the Secondary Education Program is to prepare teachers who are:

  • Innovative designers of learning experiences
  • Caring and effective educators
  • Collaborative practitioners with capacity for leadership
  • Cognizant of and value diverse learners
  • Reflective about the practice and craft of teaching

Six Learning Outcomes

The Hawai‘i Department of Education outlines six Nā Hopena A‘o, learning outcomes, including Belonging, Responsibility, Excellence, Aloha, Total Wellbeing and Hawai‘i as integral to the K-12 learning journey. These learning outcomes were adapted for the Secondary Program. Graduates of this program have.

  • An understanding of lineage and place and a connection to past, present, and future.
  • A love of teaching and learning in their field and the pursuit of skills, knowledge and behaviors to help each student reach his or her potential through instruction.
  • A commitment and concern for the values, needs and welfare of students, families, community and the larger society.
  • Empathy and appreciation for the symbiotic relationship between a teacher, students, families, and communities.
  • An ability to create positive learning environments that improve the mind, body, heart and spirit.
  • A sense of Hawaii thorough an appreciation for its rich history, diversity and indigenous language and culture.

Program of Study

The Secondary Education Program offers two programs of study—the B.Ed. in Secondary Education or the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education [PBCSE]. Both programs of study offer a cohesive, standards-based, field based experience that encourages teacher candidates to integrate educational theory and practice in cooperating secondary schools. 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 Secondary Education Program offers teaching majors in the following fields

  • Art
  • English Language Arts
  • English Language Learners/Multilingual
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Theater/Dance (only available for PBCSE)
  • World Languages

B.Ed. Program Requirements

Students are admitted to the B.Ed. 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 126 credit hours.

B.Ed. teacher candidates take the following core teacher education courses:

*ITE 401 Engaging the Adolescent Learner
**EDEF 310 Education in American Society
**EDEP 311 Psychological Foundations
**SPED 445 Educating Exceptional Students in Regular Classrooms
**ITE 440 Curriculum Implications of Multicultural Education
***ITE 402 Teaching Practicum
***ITE 404 Teaching in the Subject Field
ITE 405 Teaching Residency
ITE 406 Seminar in Teaching Residency

* ITE 401 must be completed prior to enrolling in ITE 402 and ITE 404.

**It is highly recommended that students complete as many of these core teacher education courses as scheduling allows prior to enrolling in ITE 402 and ITE 404. Check the UHM Class Availability to see when these courses are offered (fall, spring, and/or summer).

***ITE 402 and ITE 404 are taken together and are only offered in the fall semester. ITE 402 is a field-based course and requires a minimum of 2 full days per week in classrooms, plus a mandatory seminar scheduled by the UH Manoa University Coordinator. A one-hour weekly seminar accompanies the field experience scheduled by the UH Manoa University Coordinator.

Course descriptions are available hereThere are additional requirements for specific content areas. See specific content area program sheets for details and meet with an OSAS advisor to verify program requirements.

PBCSE Requirements

The PBCSE is designed for students who have a BA or BS degree and wish to obtain initial basic teacher certification. To enroll in PBCSE, students must have completed an academic content major appropriate to their proposed teaching subject and pass the PRAXIS Content Knowledge test. The PBCSE program consists of nine interrelated courses totaling 36 credits. Students who complete this initial basic teacher certification program are encouraged to continue their professional growth. They may be able to apply up to 12 course credits from the PBCSE to a master’s degree program. Students must negotiate course transfer at the time of application to the master’s program.

Prospective teachers across the state who do not have geographic access to licensure programs (priority admission granted to applicants from the islands of Maui, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i) may enroll in the Statewide PBCSE Program. A certificate program is offered in the content areas of Math, Science, English, and Social Studies in an online/hybrid format with fieldwork requirements conducted on the candidates’ respective islands.

Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Secondary Education teacher candidates take the following core teacher education courses:

*ITE 401 Engaging the Adolescent Learner
**EDEF 610 Foundations of Educational Theory
**EDEP 631 Adolescence and Education
**SPED 445 Educating Exceptional Students in Regular Classrooms
**ITE 440 Curriculum Implications of Multicultural Education
***ITE 402 Teaching Practicum
***ITE 404 Teaching in the Subject Field
ITE 405 Teaching Residency
ITE 406 Seminar in Teaching Residency

* ITE 401 must be completed prior to enrolling in ITE 402 and ITE 404.

**It is highly recommended that students complete as many of these core teacher education courses as scheduling allows prior to enrolling in ITE 402 and ITE 404. Check the UHM Class Availability to see when these courses are offered (fall, spring, and/or summer).

***ITE 402 and ITE 404 are taken together and are only offered in the fall semester. ITE 402 is a field-based course and requires a minimum of 2 full days per week in classrooms, plus a mandatory seminar scheduled by the UH Manoa University Coordinator. A one-hour weekly seminar accompanies the field experience scheduled by the UH Manoa University Coordinator.

Course descriptions are available here. There are additional requirements for some content areas. Meet with an OSAS advisor to verify program requirements.