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College of Education

General Information

The College of Education (COE) prepares teachers, administrators, and other education personnel; provides professional development for teachers and other education professionals; disseminates information for understanding educational issues to school and community groups; and conducts basic and applied research related to issues in education. The college is nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The college is committed to preparing all educators to work with diverse populations of students, including those with special needs; ensuring that Hawai'i's educators are prepared to use technology to enhance instruction and learning; and fostering the skills and abilities of graduates to assume leadership roles in education throughout the state and region.

The College of Education offers five baccalaureate degrees, two post-baccalaureate certificates, nine master's degrees, four graduate certificates, and three doctoral degrees. State approved teacher education programs (SATEP), leading to initial teacher licensure, are offered at the baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate, and master's levels. Many COE programs are offered through distance education, including interactive video, web-based, and hybrid formats. For more information, contact individual departments or visit the COE website at www.coe.hawaii.edu.

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 knowledgeable, effective and caring 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 just, diverse, and democratic community in three areas:

  • Teaching–prepare new educational professionals and provide on-going professional development in education.
  • Research–increase the knowledge base in education and related fields through the production and application of educational research.
  • Service–serve as partners and leaders for excellence in education.

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 holds the following national accreditations:

  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)—Initial and advanced educator preparation programs
  • Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)—Rehabilitation Counselor Education program
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE)—Entry-Level Athletic Training Program and Post-Professional Athletic Training Program

Degrees and Certificates/Licenses

Bachelor's Degrees:BEd in elementary education (with early childhood, Hawaiian education and special education dual preparation available), BEd in secondary education by academic major, and BS in kinesiology and rehabilitation science.

Master's Degrees: 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 MS in kinesiology and rehabilitation science with options in athletic training (entry-level or post-certification), physical activity/adapted physical activity, and rehabilitation counselor 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, and EdD in Professional Educational Practice.

Certificates: PBCSE (post-baccalaureate certificate in secondary education), PBSPED (post-baccalaureate certificate in special education), and graduate certificates in Disability and Diversity Studies, Online Learning and Teaching, PK-3 Education, and Reading K-12.


BEd Elementary Education, Dual Teacher Preparation in Elementary/Special Education, Elementary/Early Childhood Education, and Elementary/Hawaiian Education; Secondary Education; BS in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science; Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Special Education; and Master of Education in Teaching

Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS)
Director, Melvin E. Spencer, III
Everly Hall 126
1776 University Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7849 / 956-7915
Fax: (808) 956-4271
Email: osas@hawaii.edu
Web: coe.hawaii.edu/undergraduate/advising-paths-to-teaching

BS in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science

Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science
Physical Education/Athletics 231
1337 Lower Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7606
Fax: (808) 956-7976

Graduate Degrees

Contact the departmental offices of the graduate field of study in the College of Education.