School of Education

Department Chair: Michele Ebersole, Ph.D.

Department Vice Chair: Avis Masuda, Ph.D.

Office: University Classroom Building (UCB), Room 313
Tel: (808) 932-7102

Office Assistant: Madeline Sehna


Associate Professors:

Instructor–Field Experience Coordinator:

Junior Specialist/Program Advisor:

The UH Hilo School of Education provides pre-service and in-service teachers with high quality, integrated, inquiry-and field-based professional development, serves as a resource to area educators who are meeting the challenges of teaching in a culturally rich, technologically advanced society, and conducts as well as guides action research to expand knowledge of teaching and learning.

The School of Education offers:

  1. An 18-credit undergraduate Certificate in Educational Studies, which does not lead to teacher licensure, but provides foundational coursework to those who are interested in pursuing education-related careers.
  2. A 36-credit Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT) campus-based (Elementary and Secondary) and web-based formats (Secondary only) which leads to initial licensure in the State of Hawaii.
  3. A 30-credit Master of Education Program (M.Ed.) for the professional development of in-service teachers.


The UH Hilo School of Education is dedicated to the holistic development of transformational educators who are committed to equity, empowerment, and a critical understanding of our world. The School envisions its future as the heart of a learning community of caring, ethical, and creative people as faculty seek to fulfill the following mission: The purpose of the School of Education is to promote excellence in teaching and learning. The School fosters the professional vitality of reflective, caring educational practitioners who inspire students to recognize and act upon their power to positively transform both local and global communities.