Everly Hall 224
*A. Bartlett, PhD (Chair)—literacy education, children's literature
Cooperating Graduate Faculty
K. F. Berg, PhD—educational psychology, cooperative learning
Degrees Offered: MEd in curriculum studies, MEd in early childhood education, PhD in education with specialization 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, in curriculum and instruction (PhD). Students may also study for 15-credit graduate certificates in Preschool-3rd Grade or Reading K-12. 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 EDCS programs, therefore, learn and teach in a unique multicultural environment.
General information, policies, requirements, and procedures of the Graduate Division are in the “Graduate Education” section of this Catalog.
Master of Education in Curriculum Studies
The Department of Curriculum Studies offers a 30 credit program leading to the degree of master of education in curriculum studies. It is designed to serve licensed teachers who wish to learn about and inquire into the areas of PK-3 early childhood, elementary, middle level, secondary education, or K-4 education.
Students in elementary and secondary education specialize in art, language arts/literacy, mathematics, science, or interdisciplinary subjects. Other specializations may be possible if advisors are available. K-12 specializations include disabilities studies, multicultural education, language, reading, and social studies education. MEd-CS, Reading K-12 concentration may be used to add the field, Reading K-12, to a Hawai'i Standard or Advanced License. Fifteen credit graduate certificates are available in Preschool-Grade 3 and Reading, K-12, as part of the MEd-CS degree or separately.
The MEd program in curriculum studies equips teachers to fill a variety of teaching and resource roles at an advanced level. The program helps teachers become better informed about the developmental and educational needs of children and adolescents from various types of communities; skillful in diagnostic and evaluation procedures and in developing educational programs to meet individual and group needs; versatile in their teaching strategies; capable of providing leadership in a classroom, school, or school system; knowledgeable about issues, trends, and research in their fields; systematic in their reflective assessment of trends and innovations, and well-informed about new technology and its applications.
In addition to the requirements of the Graduate Division, applicants for the MEd in the curriculum studies program must provide the following:
MEd-CS courses are scheduled to meet the needs of educators and may be completed at least partially online.
Additional details about the program are available at coe.hawaii.edu/academics/curriculum-studies. Please download Handbook 1: Prospective and New Students.
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 Manoa. 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 in selected areas of teacher education and curriculum studies. 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 related field. The related field 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 Manoa. 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 paper.
For further information and application forms, go to coe.hawaii.edu/academics/curriculum-studies or contact the secretary of the Department of Curriculum Studies, Everly Hall 224, (808) 956-4401.
Graduate Certificate (GCERT) in Preschool-3rd Grade (PK-3)
The PK-3 Graduate Certificate program is a 15-credit post-baccalaureate program focusing on preschool through 3rd grade education. The certificate may be earned as a certificate-only program, or as part of the MEd-CS with 15 additional credits and a Plan A-Thesis or Plan B-Project, Paper, or Portfolio.
The certificate provides a foundation for educators to develop expertise and become informed about the developmental and educational needs of children 3-8 years old and to work in partnership with their families and communities. Oriented to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) professional standards and National Board Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) standards for early childhood (PK-3) generalists, the Certificate provides opportunities to develop knowledge and skill in supporting the needs of preschool and primary aged children. Hawai'i's K-3 teachers are the most likely audience, but other interested practitioners can be considered.
The PK-3 Graduate Certificate enables candidates to increase knowledge in the areas of PK-3 ideologies, curriculum models and theories; learn about and develop skill in designing and implementing developmentally appropriate programs that meet individual and group needs in a variety of PK-3 settings; support early literacy and language development of young children; begin to engage in action research in their own settings; and reflect on their own teaching practices.
The cohort model encourages peer support and active engagement in learning. Courses are hybridized (a combination of campus and on-line) to meet statewide needs. A laptop computer and internet access is required. Since many assignments are field-based, access to a PK-3 classroom is also essential.
Admission to the PK-3 Graduate Certificate program is available for fall semesters in even numbered years. Applications are accepted through the previous March 1. After this date, they will be reviewed on a space available basis. Students must meet the requirements set by the Graduate Division and the MEd-CS for admission. If the MEd-CS is pursued concurrently, students must apply for the Graduate Certificate as a separate program through Graduate Division to receive the certificate.
In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate Division, prospective students must also submit the Curriculum Studies application packet and select the Graduate (PK-3) Certificate (see Curriculum Studies, PK-3 Graduate Certificate, How to Apply web page to download the packet). Because the number of students who can be admitted is limited, meeting the minimum established criteria does not guarantee admission.
The PK-3 Graduate Certificate is comprised of five 3-credit required courses and is completed in 2 years. The first course explores the historical, philosophical and socio-cultural foundations of the field of early childhood education. This is followed by a course on curriculum improvement in early childhood programs. In the second year of the program, students enroll in a course on early language and literacy development and another that explores issues and trends in the field. They also participate in a year round coaching course in developmentally appropriate pedagogy for early childhood programs serving indigenous populations. In addition, the culminating project for the certificate is a professional portfolio aligned with NAEYC and NBPTS Early Childhood Generalist (PK-3) professional standards.
Courses follow the UH Manoa semester schedule, and are offered in fall and spring semesters. The coaching course includes a two-day orientation held in the summer between years 1 and 2, and workshops on 4-6 weekends during the academic year. All other courses are offered in a combination of evening face-to-face and online formats.
Graduate Certificate (GCERT) in Reading K-12
The Graduate Certificate program in Reading K-12 is a 15-credit post-baccalaureate program. The certificate may be earned as a certificate-only program, or as part of the MEd-CS with 15 additional credits and a Plan B Professional Teaching Portfolio.
The purpose of the certificate is to prepare teachers and other educators to be school literacy leaders, literacy coaches, and reading specialists. Based on International Reading Association standards, it provides knowledge and hands-on experiences so educators improve their own literacy instruction and support school and/or district change.
Hawai'i's teachers and educational officers are the most likely audience, but other interested educators will be considered. Participants learn about and apply advanced topics in literacy, such as adapting instruction for diverse students, using formative assessments to guide instruction, coaching teachers, and creating and delivering effective professional development. Since many assignments are field-based, access to a K-12 classroom is required.
The Reading K-12 Graduate Certificate is theory, standards, and research-based. A cohort model encourages peer support and active engagement in learning. Most courses are hybrid (combination of campus and on-line), depending on each cohort's preference.
Admission to the Reading K-12 Graduate Certificate program is available for spring semesters in odd numbered years, with applications due the previous October 1 (International students, February 1). Students must meet the requirements set by the Graduate Division and the MEd-CS for admission. If the MEd CS is pursued concurrently, students must apply for the Graduate Certificate as a separate program through Graduate Division to receive the certificate.
In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate Division, prospective students must also submit the Curriculum Studies application packet and select the Reading K-12 Certificate (see Curriculum Studies, Reading K-12 Graduate Certificate, How to Apply web page to download the packet). Because the number of students who can be admitted is limited, meeting the minimum established criteria does not guarantee admission.
The Reading K-12 Graduate Certificate is comprised of five 3-credit required courses and is completed in 2 years. The first course explores advanced topics in reading, followed by two literacy assessment courses (classroom and larger-scale assessment) and two leadership courses (literacy coaching and professional development implementation). One assessment course and one leadership course are designated as practicums, although other courses also involve applied projects. The culminating project is to create and implement a Professional Development Plan in your own work environment.
Courses follow the UH Manoa semester schedule, and are offered in fall, spring, and sometimes summer semesters. Courses are scheduled to meet the needs of educators, and are either entirely online or a combination of online and face-to-face classes.
Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
The Departments of Curriculum Studies and Special Education in the College of Education and the Department of Family Resources 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 five including those with disabilities; current issues and trends in early education policy, assessment, and research; and development of reflective practice and ethical leadership skills.
In addition to the requirements of the Graduate Division, applicants for the MEd in Early Childhood Education must provide the following:
30 credit hours in early childhood regular education, early childhood special education, and child development 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.
The required core of 18 credits is taken over the course of three Summer Institute sessions on the UH Manoa campus. Core courses are offered through the Departments of Curriculum Studies and Special Education in the College of Education, and the Department of Family Resources in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. The balance of 12 elective credits is taken either online or on ground, based on student interest and need, in consultation with a program advisor.
Plan A (Thesis) Requirements
The Plan A program is designed for those who are interested in research and writing a thesis and who may be interested in pursuing a later doctoral degree. 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 portfolio that documents their competency in demonstrating program standards. The program advisor will guide and direct the development of the portfolio.
For further information and application forms, go to coe.hawaii.edu/academics/curriculum-studies/med-ece or contact the Department of Curriculum Studies, Graduate ECE Program at (808) 956-0337.
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, specialization 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 specialization, 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/academics/curriculum-studies/phd-ci.
Please note: This Catalog was prepared to provide information and does not constitute a contract. The University reserves the right to change or delete, supplement or otherwise amend at any time and without prior notice the information, requirements and policies contained in this Catalog.
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