Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Program Chair: Michele M. Ebersole, Ph.D.
Office: University Classroom Building (UCB), Room 322
Website: hilo.hawaii.edu/depts/education/

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Program Description

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Reflect and analyze individual philosophies of education and personal theories of learning based on contemporary research;
  2. Design and conduct action research by exploring instructional and professional issues relevant to school and student performance;
  3. Use technology to evaluate effective teaching practices and enhance learning;
  4. Deepen pedagogical content knowledge and examine diverse instructional strategies to improve learning.

Admission Requirements

Admission is based upon previous preparation and requires completion of a baccalaureate degree and evidence of eligibility for the initial basic license to teach as defined by the UH Hilo School of Education and guided by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board. Applications and a detailed description of requirements are available from the School of Education or from the UH Hilo Graduate Office of Admissions. Interested potential students may contact the School of Education Advisor at (808) 932-7102 for more information.

Following are the major requirements for admission:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
  2. 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;
  3. Evidence of eligibility for an Initial Hawaiʻi Basic License to teach; 1
  4. 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.

The UH Hilo School of Education M.Ed. Admissions Committee will evaluate above evidence submitted as one of the components in the M.Ed. application.

Application packets will be reviewed only when they are complete. International applicants also must provide verification of financial status. An official TOEFL score report may be required for international applicants.

The UH Hilo M.Ed. Program does not lead to licensure in the State of Hawaiʻi.

Course and Graduation Requirements

M. Ed. Course Requirements

  • ED 600 Ed Of Ethnic Groups in Hawaii (3)
  • ED 602 Technology in Education (3)
  • ED 608A Fund Of Educatn Research I (1)
  • ED 608B Fund Of Educatn Research II (1)
  • ED 608C Fund Of Educatn Research III (1)
  • ED 610 Foundations Of Education (3)
  • ED 612 Literature Review in Education (3)
  • ED 616A Assess & Evaluation in Ed I (1)
  • ED 616B Assess & Evaluation in Ed II (1)
  • ED 616C Assess & Evaluation in Ed III (1)
  • ED 620 Indiv Differences: Learner (3)
  • ED 622 School Curriculum (3)
  • ED 625 Seminar in Teaching Fld (3)
  • ED 635 Adv Instructional Strategies (3)

M. Ed. Graduation Requirements

  • Students must complete all program courses.
  • To remain eligible for continuance in the M.Ed. and to be awarded the graduate degree, students must maintain progress toward completion of the program and may earn no grade lower than a B- in any individual class, and maintain a B average (3.0 GPA) for all courses completed in the program.
  • Each student must complete a culminating experience; this is an independent project that integrates what he or she has learned during the program.

Cohort and Other Requirements

  • Students enroll in the M.Ed. program as members of a cohort which is expected to complete all requirements in four semesters and two summers.
  • Courses are offered during the evening and/or on Saturdays, and during the summer.
  • Typically, all students in a cohort will take courses together and in sequence.
  • New cohorts will be established based on student demand and available resources.
  • Students must remain continuously enrolled while in the M.Ed. program.

Faculty Advising and Guidance

Each student will be assigned a faculty advisor who will meet with the individual student to provide guidance for the culminating project.


  1. Applicants who do not hold a license to teach should meet with the School of Education Advisor ((808) 932-7102 for appointment) prior to submitting documentation for admission to the M.Ed. Program. Applicants must submit evidence of their eligibility by documenting the following: a) development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions described in the Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board’s Teacher Performance Standards, b) teaching experience, and c) ability to participate in the study of education at the level required in a graduate program.