Educational Studies Certificate

Program Chair: Janet Ray , Ed.D.
Website: hilo.hawaii.edu/depts/education/

The undergraduate Educational Studies certificate is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the methodologies, theories, tools, and issues that shape the field of education. The core courses in this certificate program provide students with background in educational foundations and developmental psychology. The elective courses allow students to select courses from a variety of educational content areas.

Students who graduate with a certificate in Educational Studies will be prepared for a variety of education-related positions, such as coaches and educational assistants. The certificate does not culminate in eligibility for a teaching license.

Students pursuing this certificate will complete 3 credit hours (1 course) of core coursework in addition to earning 15 credit hours of electives, of which a minimum of 9 credit hours must be from the School of Education. Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in all courses applied to the certificate program.

Requirements (18 credits):

  1. Required Core Courses (3 credits) Complete a core course for a total of 3 credit hours.
    Choose one course from the following:
    • ED 310 Foundations of Education (3)
    • ED 350 Develpmntl Concpts Of Learng (3)
  2. Additional Elective Courses (15 credits), a minimum of 9 credits (3 courses) must be Education Courses. 1
    • School of Education Courses (9 credits), choose three courses from the following:
      • ED 110 Exploration in Education (3)
      • ED 210 Introduction to Teaching (3)
      • ED 243 Intro to Math for Elem Tch (3)
      • ED 310 Foundations of Education (3)
      • ED 314 Educational Technology (3)
      • ED 341 Literacy Dev in Elem School (4)
      • ED 343 Math for Elem School Teachers (3)
      • ED 346 Teaching Children's Literature (3)
      • ED 347 Intgr Sci/Soc Stud Elem School (3)
      • ED 350 Develpmntl Concpts Of Learng (3)
      • ED 355 Sec ELA I:Lit as Exploration (3)
      • ED 358 Intro to Adol Writing in Disc (3)
      • ED 442 Comm Sci in HI Island Schools (3)
      • ED 444 Place-Based SEL (3)
      • ED 445 Community-Based Research (3)
      • ED 447 Robotics in K-12 Schools (3)
      • ED 460 Children of Migration (3)
      • ED x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (To Be Arranged)
      • ED x99 Directed Studies (To Be Arranged)
    • Additional Electives: (6 credits), choose up to two courses from the following:
      • ART 112 Introduction to Digital Media (3)
      • ART 475 Data Visualization (3)
      • BIOL 442 Comm. Science in K-12 Settings (2)
      • DNCE 419 Dance In Education (3)
      • DRAM 419 Drama in Education (3)
      • LING 344 Children And Language (3)
      • ENG 345 Children & Literature (3)
      • ENG 482 Teaching Composition (3)
      • ENG 484 ESL Materials & Methods (3)
      • ENG 492 Teaching Literature (3)
      • KES 201 School Health Problems (2)
      • KES 233 Physical Education: Elementary (3)
      • KES 443 Adapted Physical Education (3)
      • LING 351 Method Foreign Lang Tchg (3)
      • MARE 434 Teaching Marine Science (3)
      • MARE 435 Marine Field Exper Tchers (3)
      • MUS 419 Music in Education (3)
      • NSCI 476 Communicating Science (3)
      • PHIL 370 Indigenous&American Philosophy (3)
      • SOC 352 Sociology Of Education (3)
      • Up to 6 credits of any additional ED courses at the 100 through 400 level may be used.

Notes:

  1. The list of elective courses is updated each year; therefore students enrolled within this certificate program should regularly consult with the advisor of the School of Education. The electives are offered by the School of Education and other academic departments as well. Therefore, students may take only Education courses or may combine Education courses with other discipline courses to complete program electives.
  2. Up to 9 credits of ED x94 may be counted toward the certificate
  3. 3 credits of ED x99 may be counted toward the certificate
  4. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in all courses for the Certificate