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MAT Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program at UH Hilo is a state approved Hawaiʻi Teachers Standards Board teacher education program eligible to recommend candidates for licensure. In keeping with state mandates that all Hawaiʻi educator preparation programs earn national accreditation, The UH Hilo School of Education was awarded full accreditation effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2028, by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation.

Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP)

Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation logo The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Master of Arts in Teaching, Year 1 (Licensure Year), has been awarded full accreditation through June 30, 2028. Full accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to maintain quality.

The decision is accompanied by a commendation, which reads:

“The Accreditation Commission commends the program for its structure, clinical partnerships, and cohort model, which foster deep and ongoing collaboration for professional learning among the community of program completers in keeping with the program’s signature cultural ethos. This commendation pertains to AAQEP Standard 3, program capacity to ensure completer professional competence, as shown particularly in the evidence for Aspect 2f, which addresses program completers’ ability to collaborate with colleagues to support professional learning.”

Accredited Licensure Areas Include:

  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Secondary Education (6-12)
    • Art
    • CTE Business
    • English
    • Japanese
    • Mathematics
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Spanish

MAT and M.Ed. Programs

MAT and M.Ed. are both accredited through Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) .