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College of Education

General Information

The College of Education (COE) prepares tomorrow’s teachers, educational leaders, and researchers. 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 three baccalaureate degrees, two post-baccalaureate certificates, ten master’s degrees, four graduate certificates, and four 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

Vision

The College of Education envisions 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, and enhance the well-being of the Native Hawaiian people and others across the Pacific Basin through education. 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.

Mission

Our mission is to collaborate as a professional community in three primary areas of responsibility or kuleana:

  • 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.

Philosophy

The College of Education’s philosophy of responsibility is reflected in our purposes, which are to promote excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service; encourage life-long learning; and develop educational leadership at all levels.

Accreditation

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 Education (CAATE)—Post-Professional Athletic Training Program

Degrees and Certificates/Licenses

Bachelor’s Degrees: BEd in elementary education (with early childhood, multi-lingual learner, and exceptional students dual preparation options 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 learning design and technology, MEd in special education, MEdT in teaching, MS in Athletic Training (professional), MS in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science with options in 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, exceptionalities and kinesiology), PhD in educational psychology, PhD in learning design and technology, 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, Learning Design and Technology, PK-3 Education, Literacy Leader, and Teacher Leader.

Advising

BEd Elementary Education, Dual Teacher Preparation Programs in Elementary/Exceptional Students, Elementary/Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood/Special Education, Elementary/Multi-Lingual Learner Education, and Elementary/Hawaiian Education; Secondary Education; BS in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science with specializations in health and exercise science, and in health and physical education; 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, Ernest (Niki) D. Libarios, Jr.
Associate Director, Denise Nakaoka
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/admissions-advising/advising-osas

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 or Adam Tanners, Graduate Information Officer, at coegrad@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-3912.