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Institute for Teacher Education

Wist Annex 2-226
1776 University Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96822

Tel: (808) 956-4241
Fax: (808) 956-9808


*Graduate Faculty

*B. Landau, EdD (Director)—education law, classroom management
*K. Au, PhD— language, literacy
M. Colvin, EdD—language, literacy
*A. J. Dawson, PhD—mathematics education
*D. Grace, EdD—language, literacy, media studies, early childhood
*J. Herring, EdD—art education
*K. A. Hewett, EdD—elementary language, literacy, Hawaiian education
*R. Hitz, PhD—early childhood
*S. Hood Cisar, PhD—foreign language
*R. Johnson, EdD—elementary and early childhood education
*A. Kawakami, PhD—educational psychology
*C. Kessler, EdD—social studies education
*I. King, PhD—mathematics education, supervision
P. Lopes, MA—elementary education, supervision, social studies
*S. Marble, PhD—science education
*J. Moniz, PhD—multicultural education
*M. E. Pateman, HSD-MPH—health education, elementary and middle level education
A. Serna, PhD—school health education
G. T. Tamaribuchi, MEd—secondary social studies
*F. C. Walton, PhD —career, technology & technical education
*Y. Wellington, PhD—language arts
*J. Zilliox, EdD—elementary mathematics

Cooperating Faculty


Degrees, Certificates, and Certifications Offered: BEd in elementary education, BEd in secondary education, MEdT Program, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education (PBCSE). See section on Undergraduate Programs (Initial Teacher Lincensure Programs).

The Academic Program

The Institute for Teacher Education (ITE) offers undergraduate degrees in elementary and secondary education (BEd), a post-baccalaureate degree in secondary education (PBCSE) and advanced degrees in teaching (MEdT). Elementary BEd students may enroll in dual certification programs, which earn them elementary and special education certification. Elementary BEd students also may take courses that lead to an endorsement for early childhood education. All programs focus on the educational needs of children and adolescents, teaching, learning and curriculum. The students at UH Manoa are ethnically diverse as are the students in Hawai‘i’s school system. Students in ITE programs, therefore, learn and teach in a unique multicultural environment.

All students will be required to own laptops for their teacher preparation courses. Our heavy emphasis on the integration of technology into coursework and fieldwork reflects the innovations in education. To learn more about this requirement, financial aid options for covering the cost, and whether or not the laptop students may now own will fit the platforms used in our program, please refer to www.hawaii.edu/coe.laptop.html.

Undergraduate Study

Basic Requirements

The program for undergraduate teacher education major includes a strong liberal arts foundation, professional education courses, academic subject preparation, and student teaching. Classified status in the College of Education is necessary for registration in most required teacher education courses. Program sheets listing the specific requirements for the elementary and secondary BEd programs are available in the College of Education’s Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS). Students must fulfill all program requirements in effect for the semester in which they are admitted into the College.

Major Requirements

The Elementary Education program qualifies graduates to teach in elementary school (K–6). Requirements include completion of the General Education Core specified for education majors, elementary emphasis and methods courses in elementary education, and student teaching, for a minimum of 124 credit hours. Upon admission, students are assigned to cohorts and will enroll in a set sequence of courses over four semesters. The program requires full-time enrollment. Elementary/Early Childhood Education preparation qualifies graduates to teach in elementary school (K–6) and to work with preschool children. BEd requirements include completion of the General Education Core specified for education majors, the early childhood sequence of courses, elementary emphasis and methods courses in elementary education, and student teaching in an elementary school. The Secondary Education program qualifies graduates to teach in grades 7–12. Requirements include completion of the General Education Core specified for education majors, a major in a teaching field, foundations and methods courses in secondary education, and student teaching, for a minimum of 124 credit hours.

The College of Education offers teaching majors in the following fields: agriculture, English, languages (Chinese, French, German, Hawaiian, Latin, Ilokano/Filipino, Japanese, Russian, Spanish), family and consumer sciences, technology education, marketing, mathematics, music, office education, physical education, science (biology, chemistry, physics, earth science), general science and physical science, social studies (with concentrations in American studies, anthropology, economics, geography, Hawaiian studies, history, political science, psychology, or sociology).

Basic Requirements for all Secondary Education Majors

All secondary education courses are offered in sequence. All secondary majors are expected to take ITE 401 Introduction to Teaching and ITE 440 Curriculum Implications of Multicultural Education prior to taking Methods or Field Work courses.

Special Requirements for Certain Secondary Education Majors

Agriculture Education majors may enroll in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences or the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources their freshman and sophomore years. Students then transfer to the College of Education for the BEd program. Agriculture education majors must meet regular entrance requirements to the college.

Family and Consumer science majors generally enroll in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources their freshman and sophomore years. They transfer to the College of Education at the end of the sophomore year to complete their program of studies for the bachelor of education degree. Their major field courses are taken in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Department of Human Nutrition, Food, and Animal Sciences. Career, technology, and technical majors complete a coordinated program between the College of Education and the UH Community Colleges to prepare teachers for work in intermediate and high schools, credit for work experience may be awarded to qualified individuals. Since technical courses are offered only at the community colleges, students may either enroll concurrently at UH Manoa for General Education Core courses and at a community college for technical courses, or they may enroll at a community college for both the General Education Core and technical courses during their freshman and sophomore years and then transfer to the College of Education for professional education courses in the junior and senior years. Music Education majors complete a coordinated program offered in conjunction with the Department of Music to prepare teachers for grades K–12. Prospective music education majors should see the chair of the music education committee in the Department of Music during their first semester. Physical Education majors must complete the General Education Core specified for education majors, the professional education required courses, and the academic major and related courses. In addition, the student must show skill and knowledge proficiency in 14 sports or activities appropriate to grades 7–12. Interested students should see an adviser in the KLS department prior to their first year of registration.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education (PBCSE)

The PBCSE is a three-semester (spring, fall, spring or summer, fall, spring) post-baccalaureate certificate program for the preparation of secondary school teachers. It is designed for students who possess a BA or BS degree and wish to obtain initial basic teacher certification. Students admitted to the PBCSE will have completed an academic content major appropriate to their proposed teaching subject. The PBCSE offers a cohesive, field-based experience that encourages students to integrate educational theory and practice in cooperating secondary schools. The program consists of nine interrelated courses totaling 36 credits. Students who complete this initial basic teacher certification program are encouraged to continue their professional growth. They may be able to apply up to 12 course credits from the PBCSE to a master’s degree program. Students must negotiate course transfer at the time of application.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants to the PBCSE program will be evaluated competitively and considered for admission on the basis of a profile composed of the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must achieve minimal passing scores in the reading, writing, and mathematics subtests on the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or C-PPST.
  2. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited and UH Manoa recognized four-year institution of higher education. Students usually are not required to take additional courses in their undergraduate academic majors. However, in specific areas where an extensive undergraduate preparation is required–such as music, physical education, science, or social studies– additional undergraduate courses may be required. In these fields, early advising during the undergraduate major is strongly recommended.
  3. Applicants must demonstrate knowledge in their teaching field by passing an appropriate PRAXIS Subject Assessment Content Knowledge Test. Those majoring in art, family and consumer science, ESL, and industrial arts/trades & industry take the PRAXIS Subject Assessment Test as an exit requirement.
  4. A minimum post secondary cumulative grade point average of 2.75 and a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in the academic major.
  5. Applicants must demonstrate oral and nonverbal communicative competence through the successful completion of an interview. Applicants also must demonstrate attitudes toward education, learners, and themselves as prospective teachers that are compatible with the standards and curriculum of the program.
  6. Applicants must document current (within the past five years) active involvement, paid or volunteer, with groups of youth between grades 7–12. A minimum of 40 hours of experience is required.

Admission requirements are subject to change. Call the Office of Student Academic Services for updated information.

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