About this course
The Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) is a 30-semester-hour program designed to foster professional growth and renewal of licensed teachers. It is a cohort program that requires four semesters and two summers to complete. Courses are offered through a primarily distance-based learning format. While the teaching force on Hawaiʻi Island is a natural target population, the M.Ed. also is designed for licensed teachers throughout the state and in select areas of the countries of the Pacific Rim. The program promotes teacher leaders who will engage in school renewal and reform through curriculum development, school decision-making, and community outreach.
The M.Ed. is a generalist degree designed to address the unique professional development needs of working teachers who choose further study through a primarily distance-based format and do not choose to enroll in a specialized degree program. It is designed to be broadly useful and is, therefore, interdisciplinary. The curriculum focuses on philosophical, psychological, and curriculum foundations. It emphasizes research and teaching tools including technology, assessment, research methodology, and advanced instructional strategies to facilitate instructional school-based leadership.
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (4.0 = A scale) or the equivalent in the last four semesters or approximately 60 semester credits of the undergraduate record and in all post-baccalaureate work;
- Evidence of eligibility for an Initial Hawaiʻi Basic License to teach;
- Three letters of recommendation from references who have observed or supervised the applicant’s performance and are able to comment on the quality of the applicant’s teaching experience, ability to pursue graduate study, and general character.