Master of Education Program

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The Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) is a 30 semester hour program designed to foster professional growth and renewal of practicing educators and licensed teachers. It is a cohort-based program that requires two years of part time coursework and research to complete. Courses are offered in the evening and/or on Saturdays. While the teaching force on Hawaiʻi Island is a natural target population, the M.Ed. 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 Hawaiʻi Island teachers who choose neither to relocate nor 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 and emphasizes research and teaching tools, which include technology, assessment, research methodology, and advanced instructional strategies to facilitate instructional school-based leadership among program graduates.

M.Ed. graduates will be able to

  • Analyze and apply current trends and issues in education including school change initiatives and reform movements, infusion of technology throughout schools, and methods of addressing the needs of diverse student populations;
  • Engage in critical and reflective analysis, which will enable them to integrate and apply a variety of research-based methods, materials, and processes in their classrooms;
  • Conduct and report action research which will enable them to contribute to the positive intellectual climate of their schools and to assume instructional leadership roles.



M.Ed. Cohort 2010-2011 group photo
2010-2011 M.Ed. Graduates