Everly Hall 224
1776 University Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-4401
Fax: (808) 956-9905
Web: coe.hawaii.edu/cs


*Graduate Faculty

*P. E. Halagao, PhD (Chair)—social studies, multicultural education, Filipina/o curriculum and pedagogy
*K. Cashman, PhD—Aloha ‘Âina education and leadership, Hawaiian education, art education, storytelling, teacher leader, teacher professional development
*P. Chinn, EdD—preK-20 formal and informal science education, place-based, transdisciplinary, culturally sustaining STEM incorporating arts and ancestral knowledge
*R. Chun, MEd—early childhood education, projects and place-based early education
*L. H. L. Furuto, PhD (C & I Coordinator)—mathematics education, ethnomathematics, quantitative research,
*J. Kaomea, PhD—Indigenous education, qualitative research, elementary mathematics
*E. K. Kukahiko, PhD—Hawaiian language immersion education, teacher education
*M. Maaka, PhD—Indigenous education, language and cognition, research methodologies, politics in education
*S. Maunakea, PhD—Indigenous leadership, ‘Âina-based pedagogies, Indigenous land-based education, eco-justice, sustainability education, culturally responsive evaluation and assessment
*T. O’Neill, PhD—place-base science, STEMS2 education
*A. R. Smith, PhD—literacy, qualitative research methods, poststructural theories
*B. W. Taira, PhD—teacher education, literacy studies, migration and literacy, culturally responsive assessment
*D. Zuercher, PhD—place-based and culturally responsive education, teacher preparation and action research

Cooperating Graduate Faculty

C. Au, PhD—teacher education, early childhood and elementary education, autoethnography and arts-based education, critical literacy, decolonization & power; democracy in education
R. S. Black, EdD—mental retardation transition, students at risk, research design
B. Bruno, PhD—geoscience research, education, broadening participation
S. M. Buelow, PhD—literacy and reading education, elementary teacher preparation, 21st century literacies
B. Chapman de Sousa, PhD—children who are multilingual, teacher preparation for multilingual learners, sociocultural theory
M. Cheang, DrPh—family public policy, family resource management, family caregivers
B. D. DeBaryshe, PhD—educational measurement, early childhood
C. Frambaugh-Kritzer, PhD—adolescent literacies, new literacies, disciplinary literacies
R. Fujii, PhD—teacher education, social studies, multicultural education, critical pedagogy, online learning
L. A. Fulton, PhD—elementary science education, teacher education, qualitative research
I. F. Kimura, PhD—kinesiology, athletic training and biomechanics
J. Lemus, PhD—STEM education and marine science; Makerspace learning environments; physiology of marine invertebrates symbioses, professional development
D. Lipe, PhD—Indigenous and Western science; food sustainability
K. Lipe, PhD—indigenizing educational institutions; educational leadership; ancestral knowledge for the 21st century and beyond
C. Loong, PhD—music education
A. Makaiau, PhD—social studies, philosophy for children, curriculum and instruction, international collaboration
M. I. Martini, PhD—parenting and family relationships across cultures
K. Mawyer, PhD—science literacy; ambitious science teaching, teacher preparation & professional development
M. Meyer, EdD—culturally relevant teaching and learning
C. Miller, PhD—philosophy for children, Democratic education, teacher education and preparation, mindfulness, history of education
J. Moniz, PhD—multicultural education
L. S. Muccio, PhD—early childhood education, inclusive education, teacher action research
N. Murata, PhD—general physical education, pedagogy, adapted physical education, special education/transition, and professional development
K. Oliveira, PhD—Hawaiian language, culture and geography
H. K. Perreira, Ph.D—Classical Hawaiian literature and oratory, Hawaiian ethno-literary devices and lexical Items
J. H. Prins, PhD—kinesiology
M. Rivera, PhD—inquiry and place-based marine STEM education and research
K. Serna, PhD—health education, school health programs, elementary teacher education, Native Hawaiian well-being and advancement
J. Simpson Steele, PhD—elementary teacher preparation, performing arts education, performance ethnography
M. Smith, PhD—second language teacher education; content and language integrated learning; sheltered instruction
M. Soetoro, PhD—multicultural, global and international education
L. Venenciano, PhD—educational psychology, mathematics education, teacher education
K. Wong, PhD—Hawaiian language and culture
S. Yagi, PhD—mathematics
J. Yoshioka, PhD—science education, teacher education

Emeritus Graduate Faculty

A. Bartlett, PhD—literacy education, children’s literature
S. Feeney, PhD—early childhood education
A. Freese, PhD
M. E. Pateman, HSD, MPH—health education
D. B. Young, EdD—science education

Degrees Offered: MEd in curriculum studies, MEd in early childhood education, PhD in education with track in curriculum and instruction.

The Academic Program

The Department of Curriculum Studies (EDCS) offers advanced degrees at the master’s level in curriculum studies and early childhood education (MEd-CS and MEd-ECE), and, as part of a college-wide doctoral degree, a track in curriculum and instruction (PhD). Students may also study for a graduate certificate in Ethnomathematics, Literacy Leader: Literacy Specialist, Multilingual Multicultural Professional Practice, Sustainability & Resilience Education, or Teacher Leader. All programs focus on the educational needs of children and adolescents, teaching, learning, and curriculum.

The students at UH Mānoa are ethnically diverse as are the students in Hawai‘i’s school system. Students in EDCS programs, therefore, learn and teach in a unique multicultural and multilingual environment.

Graduate Study

General information, policies, requirements, and procedures of Graduate Division are in the “Graduate Education” section of this Catalog.

Master of Education in Curriculum Studies

The Master of Education in Curriculum Studies (MEd-CS) degree is a 30-credit program designed to serve licensed teachers and other educators who wish to explore, research, and apply innovative ideas in K-12 education. Students may attend part-time, and the average completion time is about two years.

The MEd-CS equips teachers to fill a variety of teaching and resource roles at an advanced level. The program also prepares students for doctoral programs and other advanced study options.

MEd-CS is a K-12 program that offers content areas and interdisciplinary cohorted tracks. Content areas include: (a) Art Education, (b) Language Arts/Literacy, (c) Mathematics Education, (d) Multicultural Education, and (e) Social Studies Education. Interdisciplinary tracks include: (a) Aloha ‘Āina Education & Leadership, (b) Interdisciplinary, (c) Literacy Specialist, (d) National Board Certification Teacher Leader, (e) PACMED, (f) Place-based and Sustainability Education, (g) Progressive Philosophy & Pedagogy, and (h) STEMS2. All tracks emphasize teacher leadership and place-based education.

Students may Add-a-Field to an existing Hawai‘i teacher license in Ethnomathematics, Literacy Specialist, STEMS2, Teacher Leader, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Students may also earn graduate certificates in Ethnomathematics, Literacy Leader, Multilingual Multicultural Professional Practice, Sustainability & Resilience Education, and Teacher Leader with or without the MEd-CS degree. If students want to double count Master’s and graduate certificate courses, they must be concurrently enrolled at least one semester. Students in STE Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education (PBCSE) may also double count a maximum of 12 credits for the MEd-CS program.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements of Graduate Division, applicants for the MEd in the curriculum studies program must provide the following:

  1. Evidence of adequate successful course work and/or experience related to the track selected.
  2. Evidence of student teaching, teaching, or experience designing and/or implementing curriculum in educational settings.
  3. Three (3) professional references from people who are able to comment on the quality of the applicant’s experience, ability to pursue graduate study, and character.

Some tracks may have additional prerequisites, so please check our website.

Program Requirements

MEd-CS courses are scheduled to meet the needs of educators, and some programs are completely online.

Additional details about the program are available at coe.hawaii.edu/cs/programs. Please download coe.hawaii.edu/cs/handbooks/med-cs-handbook/.

Plan A (Thesis) Requirements

The Plan A program is designed primarily for students interested in research and in writing a thesis. It requires a minimum of 30 credit hours with at least 12 credit hours in curriculum studies, not counting 699V or 799V. Of the 30 credit hours, 24 credit hours must be approved course work. Required courses are EDCS 622, 667, and two research methods courses. A minimum of 12 credit hours is to be taken in a related field, which may be in a concentration area within the Department of Curriculum Studies, in other departments in the College of Education, or in a discipline in one or more of the other colleges/schools at UH Mānoa. Of the approved courses, 18 credit hours must be at the 600 to 700 level (excluding 699 and 799). Six credit hours (EDCS 700) are required for the thesis.

Plan B (Non-thesis) Requirements

The Plan B program is designed primarily for students who wish to strengthen their teaching and leadership. It requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved course work, with a minimum of 12 credit hours in curriculum studies (excluding EDCS 699). Required courses are EDCS 622, 667, and two research methods courses. A minimum of 18 credit hours is to be taken in a school level or track. Of the approved courses, 18 credit hours must be at the 600 to 700 level, excluding 699. A maximum of 6 credit hours of 699 may be applied to the degree program.

The Plan B program also requires a culminating project.

For further information and application forms, go to coe.hawaii.edu/cs/ or contact the administrator of the Department of Curriculum Studies, Everly Hall 224, (808) 956-4401, csdept@hawaii.edu.

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

The Departments of Curriculum Studies and Special Education in the College of Education and the Department of Human Development Family Studies in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) offer a 30 credit interdisciplinary program leading to the degree of Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (MEd-ECE). The program is designed to support professional development and promote leadership in personnel who work in programs with children between infancy and five years of age.

Course of study includes understanding the developmental and educational needs of young children ages birth to five; knowledge of family systems, needs and resources; development of the ability to design and implement learning environments and programs to meet the needs of all young learners ages birth to eight including those with disabilities; current issues and trends in early education policy, assessment, and research; and development of reflective practice and ethical leadership skills. Students may choose from one of 3 tracks: 1) non-license, 2) Add-a-Field early childhood education (PK-K or PK-3) license; and, 3) initial license in early childhood education (PK-K or PK-3). Students can choose to enroll in any of the three tracks in one of the following two formats. The MEd-ECE is offered in two formats: 1) a 2-1/2 year cohorted Summer intensive format with core courses held onground at UH Mānoa between mid-June and mid-July for 3 consecutive summers and on-line seminars during the academic year; or, 2) a semi-cohorted evening/weekend hybrid format where students choose from on-line, face-to-face or hybrid courses offered evenings and weekends during the academic year.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements of Graduate Division, applicants for the MEd in Early Childhood Education must provide the following:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited and UH Mānoa-recognized four-year institution of higher education with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
  2. Evidence of successful academic performance in child development and early childhood education. This includes a minimum of one course each in:
    a. child development, age birth to five;
    b. developmentally appropriate practice;
    c. family studies/working with families and communities;
  3. Documented experience of working with young children and their families or in early childhood program administration or public policy;
  4. Three (3) professional references from people who are able to comment on the quality of the applicant’s experience, ability to pursue graduate study, and professional strengths.

Program Requirements

30 credit hours in early childhood regular education, early childhood special education, child development, and family public policy are required. Students take a common core of 18 required credits and select 12 credits of specialization courses in an area of interest within their major.

Students pursuing initial licensure in ECE take an additional 12 credits of clinical experience in PK-K or PK-3 settings approved by the program. Completion of appropriate license track requirements in addition to Master’s program requirements results in both a recommendation to the Hawai‘i Teachers Standards Board for licensure and a master’s degree from the College of Education.

Plan A (Thesis) Requirements

The Plan A program is designed for those who are interested in research and writing a thesis. Students completing a Plan A will take a minimum of 30 credit hours including 18 credits at the 600 level or higher, a core consisting of 18 credits, 6 credits of electives, and 6 credits of thesis research (EDCS 700). The culminating experience for Plan A students will be a thesis based on original research.

Plan B (Non-Thesis) Requirements

The Plan B program is for those who wish to focus on strengthening professional knowledge and skills. Students completing a Plan B will take a minimum of 30 credit hours including 18 credits at the 600 level or higher, a core consisting of 18 credits, 9-11 credits of electives and 1-3 credits of Plan B preparation. The culminating experience for Plan B students will be the submission of a paper, project, or professional portfolio that documents their competency in demonstrating program standards. A faculty advisor will guide and direct the development of the Plan B capstone.

For further information and application forms, go to coe.hawaii.edu/cs/programs/ece/ or contact the Department of Curriculum Studies, Graduate ECE Programs at (808) 956-2376.

Doctoral Degree

The doctor of philosophy degree in education (PhD) is a college-wide degree awarded for distinguished academic preparation for the field of education.

The PhD in Education, track in Curriculum and Instruction, develops educational leaders in curriculum development, teaching, curriculum evaluation, and/or teacher education and professional development. The program varies in the number of credit hours required, depending upon the candidate’s qualifications, and includes courses required for all doctoral students enrolled in the College of Education; courses in an area of study, such as issues and trends in curriculum, teaching and learning, curriculum and program evaluation, and research on teacher education and professional development; breadth courses; a field project or an internship in college teaching; and the dissertation.

For additional information, see the “Doctoral Degrees” section within the College of Education section of this Catalog or visit coe.hawaii.edu/cs/programs/phd/.