College of Education
The College of Education is an upper division college and graduate professional school that prepares teachers, administrators, and other education personnel; provides professional development for teachers and other educational and related professionals; provides information for understanding educational issues to school and community groups; and conducts basic and applied research concerning issues in education. The college is the only institution in the state to hold national accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
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, ensuring that all educators are prepared to work with diverse populations of students including those with special needs, and 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 initial teacher licensure in elementary or secondary education to the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board. The BEd in elementary education provides optional additional areas of preparation in early childhood education, Hawaiian education, and special education. State approved teacher education programs in secondary education for post-baccalaureate students also are offered. Graduates of the Master of Education in Teaching (MEdT) and the Master of Education (MEd) in Special Education also may be recommended by the college for initial teacher licensure.
The college offers teacher education and advanced professional development programs for all of the state’s neighbor islands. Courses offered through distance programs include interactive video, internet, and hybrid formats. Most distance programs operate in a cohort system, meaning that students enroll as a group (cohort) and remain in the program together until completion. For information on distance programs, contact individual departments, or visit the college website at coe.hawaii.edu/academics/online. The college also offers two PhD degrees, the PhD in Education with seven specializations, and the PhD in educational psychology.
Vision and Mission
The College of Education is a community of educators who provide innovative research, teaching, and leadership in an effort to further the field of education and prepare professionals to contribute to a just, diverse, and democratic society.
Our vision guides the direction and work of the college in and beyond Hawai‘i and is informed by a sense of purpose and a sense of place. To achieve this vision, the College of Education has as its mission to work as a diverse, just, and democratic community in three areas:
The college also recognizes its responsibility to enhance the well-being of the Native Hawaiian people, and others across the Pacific Basin, through education.
The College of Education’s philosophy is reflected in our purposes: to promote excellence in teaching and scholarship, encourage life-long learning, and develop educational leadership at all levels.
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) at the initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels. It is also accredited by the State of Hawai‘i under the State Approval of Teacher Education (SATE) process. 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.
Degrees and Certificates/Licenses
Bachelor’s Degrees: BEd in elementary education (with early childhood, Hawaiian education and special education options available), BEd in secondary education, and BS in health, exercise science and lifestyle management. Post-baccalaureate students who choose an elementary education major will enroll for a second baccalaureate degree (BEd)
Master’s Degrees: MEd in counseling and guidance in rehabilitation counselor education, MEd in curriculum studies, MEd in early childhood education, MEd in educational administration, MEd in educational foundations, MEd in educational psychology, MEd in educational technology, MEd in special education, MEdT in teaching, and an MS degree in kinesiology and rehabilitation science in athletic training (entry-level or post-certification); and physical education/adapted physical education
Doctoral Degrees: PhD in education (with specializations in curriculum and instruction, educational administration, educational foundations, educational policy studies, educational technology, exceptionalities, and kinesiology), PhD in educational psychology
Certificates: PBCSE (post-baccalaureate certificate in secondary education), PBCSPED (post-baccalaureate certificate in special education), and Certificate in Disabililty and Diversity Studies
BEd Elementary Education, Dual Teacher Preparation in Elementary/Special Education and Dual Teacher Preparation in Early Childhood/Elementary Education; Secondary Education; BS; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Special Education; and Master of Education in Teaching
Office of Student Academic Services
BBS in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science
Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science
Contact the departmental offices of graduate fields of study in the College of Education.
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