Education- School of Education

Department Chair: Tobias Irish , Ph.D.

Tel: (808) 932-7102

Office Assistant: Madeline Sehna

Professor Emeritus:

  • Jan L. Zulich, Ph.D.


Associate Professors:

Assistant Professor:


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) format which leads to initial licensure in the State of Hawaii.
  3. A 30-credit Master of Education Program (M.Ed.) primarily distance based format 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.