Education- School of Education

Department Chair: Tobias Irish, Ph.D.

Tel: (808) 932-7102

Office Assistant: Madeline Sehna

Professor Emeritus:

  • Nina Buchanan, Ph.D.
  • 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.

At the Undergraduate Level School of Education offers:

  1. A Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies, Education Studies track which does not lead to teacher licensure.
  2. 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.

At the Graduate Level School of Education offers:

  1. 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.
  2. A 30-credit Master of Education Program (M.Ed.), which does not lead to teacher licensure. Primarily distance based format for the professional development of in-service teachers leading to Teacher Leader certification.


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.

Goals for Student Learning in the Major

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies program, students will be prepared to begin their careers in a variety of educational fields and diverse settings by:

  1. Exhibiting their core knowledge, skills, and professional ethics in ways that positively contributes to their educational work.
  2. Applying their critical expertise to problems of practice utilizing strength-based approaches grounded in place.