Wist Annex 2-128
1776 University Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7703
Fax: (808) 956-3106
Dean: Randy Hitz
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Linda K. Johnsrud
Interim Assistant Dean for Student Academic Services: Virgie Chattergy
The College of Education is an upper division college and graduate professional school that prepares teachers, administrators, school counselors, recreational fitness leaders, and other education personnel; provides professional development for teachers and other educational and recreational fitness personnel; provides information for understanding educational issues to school and community groups; and conducts basic and applied research concerning problems in education, physical fitness, and recreation.
The college is one of 19 institutions nationally that has formally established a working school and university partnership as members of the Goodlad National Network for Educational Renewal. As such, the college is a leader in the nation in development of field-based programs that effectively link educational theory to practice in the schools. Both students and faculty spend considerable time in schools, share their insights and expertise, while simultaneously learning from school professionals who have the day to day responsibility of educating children and young people.
The college is committed to integrating technology in its educational programs to ensure that Hawai'i's educators are prepared to use technology to enhance instruction and learning, to ensuring that all educators are prepared to work with diverse populations of students including those with special needs, and finally, to fostering the skills and abilities of graduates to assume leadership roles in education in service to the state and region.
Graduates of the bachelor of education (BEd) program are recommended by the College of Education for teaching licensure by the State of Hawai'i. The BEd in elementary education provides optional programs for additional areas of preparation: early childhood education and special education. State approved teacher education programs in elementary or secondary education for post-baccalaureate students are also offered. Graduates of the master of education in teaching (MEdT), master of education (MEd) degrees in secondary, elementary, or special education programs are recommended by the College of Education for professional certification by the State of Hawai'i. Practicing teachers may also seek professional certification through the Professional Diploma in Education or the master of education degree in educational foundation or the master of education degree in educational psychology (emphasis in learning and assessment).
Vision and Mission
The College of Education consists of a world class team of educators who provide innovative and cutting-edge research, teaching, service, and leadership to the local community, the State of Hawai'i, the Nation, and the world beyond. The college prepares educators to contribute to the advancement of a diverse humanity in realizing a just, democratic society.
The mission of the college is to:
- prepare and provide ongoing professional development of teachers, administrators, counselors and related professionals at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
- generate, synthesize and apply knowledge in education and related fields through teaching, research and other scholarly activities; and,
- provide service and support to the local, national and global educational and related communities.
The College of Education has a complex set of responsibilities that is unique not only among the colleges of this University but among colleges of education in state universities nationwide. In a state where there is only one major public institution of higher education concerned with the field of professional education, the UH College of Education must fulfill the combination of roles other states generally assign to several campuses.
There are five fundamental themes that characterize the college's professional education programs. These themes, listed below, are reflected in different ways and to different degrees in each program. Nonetheless, they provide a common sense of purpose and language across the college's wide array of programs.
By COLLABORATIVE, we mean that our programs:
Engage multiple communities;
Encourage partnerships; and,
Emphasize field-based experience.
By INCLUSIVE, we mean that our programs:
Respect multiple perspectives;
Demonstrate concern for ethical/moral dimensions; embrace democratic principles; and,
Foster health and wellness.
By DYNAMIC, we mean that our programs:
Insist on professionalism/professional competence;
Nurture professional growth;
Value a commitment to social justice/social change;
Advance leading edge-21st century technological innovations.
We believe that our programs
PROMOTE INQUIRY by:
Integrating theory and practice;
Drawing on/contributing to an expanding knowledge base;
Prizing scholarship and research and,
Striving for articulation.
We believe that our programs
PROMOTE REFLECTION by:
Cultivating reflective practice;
Fostering individual and program renewal; and,
Advancing authentic assessment.
The college motto, "Be Enriched Through Education," developed in 1987, expresses a belief that the lives of individuals and communities are enriched primarily through education and that education is the best way to advance the human condition.
The College of Education is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It is also accredited by the State of Hawai'i under the State Approval of Teacher Education (SATE) process, applying standards established by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). SATE approval qualifies education graduates for reciprocal teaching licensure and certification in at least 40 other states and the District of Columbia. In practice, education graduates qualify for certification in all states.