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Institute for Teacher Education

Everly Hall 223 (Elementary), 226 (Secondary), and 221 (MEdT)
1776 University Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-4154 (Elementary)/(808) 956-4241 (Secondary)/(808) 956-5513 (MEdT)
Fax: (808) 956-7191 (Elementary & MEdT)/(808) 956-9808 (Secondary)
Web: coe.hawaii.edu/academics/institute-teacher-education


*D. Grace, EdD (Elementary Director)—language, literacy, media studies, early childhood
*T. O'Neill, PhD (Interim Secondary Director)—science education
*J. Yoshioka, PhD (MEdT Director)—science education, teacher education
L. Baron, EdD—mathematics education
S. Buelow, PhD—literacy and reading education
E. B. Chapman de Sousa, PhD—multilingual learners
C. Frambaugh-Kritzer, PhD—literacy
L. Fulton, PhD—elementary science education
S. H. Furuta, MAT—teacher education, elementary education
A. Henward, PhD—early childhood education
*J. Herring, EdD—art education
*C. Kessler, EdD—social studies education
*J. Moniz, PhD—multicultural education
L. Muccio, PhD—early childhood education
*E. Ponte, PhD—language, literacy
*S. Robinson, PhD—science education
*K. Serna, PhD—school health education
J. Simpson Steele, PhD—performing arts
E. Spitler, PhD—language arts
*F. C. Walton, PhD—career, technology and technical education
*J. Zilliox, EdD—mathematics education
*D. Zuercher, PhD—elementary and middle level, literary health

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Degrees, Certificates, and Licensure Program Offered: BEd in elementary education, BEd in secondary education, Master of Education in Teaching (MEdT), Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education (PBCSE); State Approved Teacher Education Programs (SATEPs) in elementary education, secondary education, dual elementary and special education, dual elementary and early childhood education, dual elementary and Hawaiian Education

The Academic Program

The Institute for Teacher Education (ITE) offers undergraduate degrees in elementary and secondary education (BEd), a post-baccalaureate certificate in secondary education (PBCSE), an advanced degree in teaching (MEdT), and state-approved teacher education programs (SATEPs) in elementary and secondary education.

Elementary and secondary BEd students may be able to enroll in programs that can lead to recommendation to the state for dual licensure, such as elementary or secondary and special education licensure, elementary and early childhood (PK-3) licensure, early childhood and early childhood special education (PK-3), or elementary and Hawaiian education licensure. All ITE 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 are required to own laptops for their courses. The heavy emphasis on the integration of technology into course work and clinical work reflects innovations in education. To learn more about this requirement, financial aid options for covering the cost, and whether the laptop the student may now own meets requirements for the program, please refer to coe.hawaii.edu/node/479.

Undergraduate Study (BEd)

Basic Requirements

The undergraduate major programs include a strong liberal arts foundation, professional education courses, academic subject preparation, content pedagogy preparation, and clinical experiences.

Classified status in the College of Education is necessary for registration in most teacher education courses. Some require State Approved Teacher Education Programs (SATEP) admissions as well. Program sheets listing the specific requirements for the elementary and secondary BEd programs and for the SATEPs are available in the College of Education's Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS). Students must fulfill all degree program requirements in effect for the semester in which they are admitted into the college. Those pursuing licensure must meet all SATEP requirements in effect at the time they are admitted to the SATEP. Please be aware that SATEP requirements may be changed by the licensing agency, the Hawai'i Teacher Standards Board (HTSB). Candidates pursuing licensure also must meet all licensure requirements in place at the time of program completion.

For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.

Major Requirements

Elementary Program

The elementary SATEP major focuses on the learner and the learning environment in elementary school (K-6). Requirements include completion of the General Education courses specified for education majors, elementary emphasis and methods courses in elementary education, and clinical experience for a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students are typically assigned to cohorts and enroll in a sequence of courses. The traditional day program requires full-time enrollment. The Elementary BEd also offers a statewide distance education program. The Dual Elementary/Special Education program adds a focus on special education settings. The Dual Elementary/Early Education program adds a focus on PK-3 settings. The Dual Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education program adds a focus on PK-3 special education settings. The Dual Elementary/Hawaiian Education program adds a focus on teaching in Hawaiian immersion schools or schools with high populations of Native Hawaiian students.

Secondary Program

The secondary education program focuses on the learner and the learning environment in grades 6-12. Requirements include completion of the General Education courses specified for education majors, a major in a teaching field or academic content and content pedagogy courses equivalent to a major in a teaching field, foundations and methods courses in secondary education, and clinical experiences for a minimum of 120 credit hours.

The College of Education offers secondary education majors in the following fields: English, world languages (Chinese, French, German, Hawaiian, Ilokano/Filipino, Latin, Japanese, Russian, Spanish), mathematics, music, 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).

Secondary education courses are typically offered in sequence. All secondary majors pursuing teacher licensure through a SATEP must take ITE 401 Introduction to Teaching the first semester in the program, and ITE 440 Curriculum Implications of Multicultural Education prior to taking methods or clinical courses.
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.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education (PBCSE)

The PBCSE is a post-baccalaureate certificate program for the preparation of secondary school teachers (grades 6-12). It is designed for students who possess a baccalaureate degree and wish to obtain initial teacher licensure. Students admitted to the PBCSE will have completed an academic major or its equivalent 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 interrelated courses totaling 30-36 hours depending on the area of licensure sought. Students who complete this initial teacher licensure 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 to a graduate program. The PBCSE program is offered statewide via distance education, as well as at UH Manoa.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants to the PBCSE program will be evaluated competitively and considered for admission on the basis of an overall profile. Admission to the PBCSE is considered admission to a SATEP.

  1. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited and UH Manoa recognized four-year institution of higher education. Additional undergraduate courses may be required. Thus, early advising is strongly recommended.
  2. Applicants must achieve minimal passing scores as set by the Hawai'i Teachers Standards Board (HTSB) in the reading, writing, and mathematics subtests on the PRAXIS® Core Academic Skills for Educators.
  3. Applicants must demonstrate knowledge in the teaching field by passing an appropriate Praxis II Subject Assessment Content Knowledge test. Some areas such as art, music, and ESL, may allow program entry prior to passing the PRAXIS II Subject Assessment Test. However, passage of the test is required prior to being placed in a school for student teaching/internship per HTSB rules.
  4. Applicants must meet admissions requirements designated by the UH Manoa Admissions Office and meet the COE's requirement of 2.75 cumulative and major GPA.
  5. Applicants must demonstrate oral and nonverbal communication competencies through the successful completion of an interviews.
  6. Applicants must demonstrate attitudes toward education, learners, and themselves as prospective teachers that are compatible with the standards and curriculum of the program.
  7. Applicants must document current (within the past five years) group leadership experience, paid or volunteer, with groups of youth between grades 6-12. 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.

Graduate Study

The Master of Education in Teaching (MEdT) Program is a two-year initial licensure program whose applicants seek to earn a teaching license at the elementary (K-6) or secondary levels (6-12) and engage in a program of research and inquiry consistent with a graduate degree. Successful completion of the program results in both a recommendation to the Hawai'i Teacher Standards Board for licensure and a master's degree from the College of Education.

MEdT candidates are admitted in groups of approximately 25 students who work and learn together as a cohort. Across the four semesters students complete university course work and engage in research, teaching, and learning while fully immersed in K-12 school-based field settings under the guidance of university faculty and public school mentors. Candidates are assigned a field placement each semester by their cohort coordinators. Field work becomes progressively more involved each semester. The program is offered full-time, in a face-to-face format and statewide via distance education to accommodate residents of the neighbor islands.

Admission requirements include: approval of Graduate Education at UH Manoa; minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0; and submission of passing test scores. Specific exams must be passed prior to the application deadline in order to meet Hawai'i Teacher Standards Board license requirements and our national accreditation requirements. The GRE is not required and cannot be used as a substitute. Applicants should visit the MEdT website for application instructions and current testing requirements at coe.hawaii.edu/academics/institute-teacher-education/med-teaching.

Requirements for State Approved Teacher Education Programs (SATEPs)

Requirements for the college's state approved teacher education programs in elementary and secondary education comply with best practices and standards adopted by the national professional associations and the national accrediting body for teacher education, and with the state's requirements for teacher licensure. Note that the HTSB requires a Pre-Service Performance Assessment (i.e., edTPA for COE candidates) during student teaching, internship, or teaching residency. Note that there are monetary costs associated with the edTPA. These requirements are subject to modification as changes are adopted by these entities. Please consult with the Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS) for current information.

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