Welcome to the UH Hilo School of Education

We are dedicated to the holistic development of transformational educators who are committed to equity, empowerment, and a critical understanding of our world. We envision our future as the heart of a learning community of caring, ethical, and creative people.


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 guide action research to expand knowledge of teaching and learning.

Read about Teaching Programs at UH Hilo, coverage from Hawaiʻi News Now.

UH Hilo School of Education
The Heart of Our Learning Community

Our Degrees and Campus


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.


We offer 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 Hawaiʻi and a 30-credit Master of Education Program (M.Ed.) primarily distance based format for the professional development of in-service teachers.

The University

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is characterized as a comprehensive, diverse, regional university. Scholarship and research are an important part of faculty work and student engagement, but the primary focus is on providing high-quality baccalaureate and postgraduate education.

UH Hilo also offers the Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program for preparing mauli ola Hawaiʻi teachers.


The School of Education envisions its future as the heart of a learning community of caring, ethical, and creative people as faculty seek to fulfill the following mission: The purpose of the School of Education is to promote excellence in teaching and learning. The School fosters the professional vitality of reflective, caring educational practitioners who inspire students to recognize and act upon their power to positively transform both local and global environments.


The School of Education strives to fulfill the following goals.

  • Teaching and learning are holistic endeavors.
  • Empathy between self and others is an essential aspect of a pedagogical relationship.
  • Effective teaching embraces artistic ideals.
  • Excellence follows a rigorous path.
  • Teachers are change agents capable of transforming the environments in which they work.

Student Experiences in Our Programs

Students learn in and out of the classroom, on and off campus, applied learning experiences and career placement.

MAT Cohort 1MAT Cohort 1

MAT Cohort 2MAT Cohort 2

MAT Cohort 3MAT Cohort 3

MAT Cohort 4MAT Cohort 4

MAT Cohort 5MAT Cohort 5

Our Faculty and Staff

We are your academic ʻohana. We teach the vast majority of courses, using best practices from education research.

Clint K.P. Anderson
Clint K.P. Anderson
Assistant Professor, School of Education
Diane Barrett
Diane Barrett
Professor, Education
Michele M. Ebersole
Michele M. Ebersole
Professor, Education
Tobias Irish
Tobias Irish
Director, School of Education; Associate Professor, Education
Margary Martin
Margary Martin
Associate Professor, Education
Colby McNaughton
Colby McNaughton
Instructor, Education
Janet “Jan” Ray
Janet “Jan” Ray
Professor, Education
Madeline Sehna
Madeline Sehna
Office Assistant IV

Contact Us!

Please contact us for more information, a site visit, or a Zoom meeting.

(808) 932-7102


(808) 932-7098

University Classroom Building, room 313