M.Ed. Degree Requirements

The Master of Education programs provide advanced training for experienced educators in five areas: Instructional Leadership, Educational Leadership, Child Development, Montessori Emphasis, and Montessori Credential. All programs are aligned with state and professional standards appropriate to the field of study.

Educational Leadership Curriculum

The MEd in Educational Leadership is designed as a cohort program for educators aspiring to administrative roles. The formation of the cohorts occur when there are at least ten students applying to either the non-DOE cohort or the Hawai’i Department of Education (HIDOE) Certification Institute for School Leaders (CISL) program cohort. The CISL program is an administrator preparation program and the students in this cohort have been selected by the HIDOE. By the end of the program, successful candidates will acquire leadership skills in financial management, education law, managerial communications, personnel issues, effective decision-making, and group dynamics. Candidates will demonstrate their ability to be effective change agents by incorporating core leadership concepts to solve critical issues in education.

Required Course Work (33 Credits)
  • EDUC 740 Current Issues in Education
  • EDUC 741 Introduction to Educational Administration
  • EDUC 742 Leadership for Educational Administrators
  • EDUC 743 Education Law
  • EDUC 744 Managing Communication & Personnel Issues
  • EDUC 745 School Community Relations
  • EDUC 746 Financial Management for School Administrators
  • EDUC 747 Curriculum Administration
  • EDUC 749 Research in Educational Administration
  • EDUC 790 Peace, Social Justice, & Educational Reform
  • EDUC 794 Culminating Experience

Teacher Leader Curriculum

The M.Ed. in Teacher Leader program was developed for teachers seeking formal or informal non-administrative leadership roles that support teaching and learning. The Teacher Leader program is designed for teachers interested in improving their skills and knowledge in positions such as resource teachers, instructional specialists, curriculum specialists, learning facilitators, mentors, data coaches, and grade-level or department chairs. Upon completion of the program, successful candidates will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the domains outlines by the Teacher Leader Model Standards adopted by HTSB.

Required Course Work (30 Credits)
  • EDUC 633 – Diverse Learners
  • EDUC 701 – Educational Research and Design
  • EDUC 703 – Introduction to Action Research
  • EDUC 712 – Learning Styles and Learning Theories
  • EDUC 714 – Integrated Curriculum
  • EDUC 740 – Current Issues in Education
  • EDUC 745 – School Community Relations
  • EDUC 747 Curriculum Administration
  • EDUC 790 – Peace, Social Justice, and Educational Reform
  • EDUC 794 Culminating Experience

Child Development Curriculum

The Master of Education in Child Development prepares candidates for a wide range of professional objectives by offering the advanced study of development theory, research, and application. Graduates of the program are expected to be lifelong learners and advocates for children, with excellent preparation in research, theory, and practice in diverse, multicultural settings. The MEd program prepares graduates for professional employment in a variety of settings, including working directly with infants, children, and their families, teaching at the community and college level, and preparing for additional study toward a doctoral degree in child development or a related field.

Required Course Work (10 Credits)
  • EDUC 600 Introduction to the Master’s Degree (1)
  • EDUC 701 Educational Research and Design (3)
  • EDUC 790 Issues of Peace, Justice, & Educational Reform (3)
  • EDUC 794 Culminating Experience (3)
Emphasis Course Work (9 Credits)
  • EDUC 722 Cognitive Development Theory to Practice (3) Prerequisite: EDUC 701
  • EDUC 723 Language Development: Theory to Practice (3) Prerequisite: EDUC 701
  • EDUC 724 Social-Emotional Development: Theory to Practice (3) Prerequisite: EDUC 701
Elective Course Work (12 Credits)

Select four courses from the following with advisor approval

  • EDUC 608 Montessori Development (3)
  • EDUC 649 Montessori Philosophy (3)
  • EDUC 652 Multicultural Education and Diversity (3)
  • EDUC 660 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3)
  • EDUC 712 Learning Styles and Learning Theories (3)
  • EDUC 726 Children’s Literature (3)
  • EDUC 764 Culturally Appropriate Practices & Montessori Methods (3)
  • EDUC 765 Development of the Senses & Montessori Methods (3)
  • EDUC 766 Language Arts & Montessori Methods (3)
  • EDUC 767 Math & Montessori Methods (3)
  • EDUC 768 Place-Based Education for the Young Child**(3)
  • EDUC 769 Nurturing the Spirit of the Child**(3)
  • EDUC 770 Integrated Curriculum & Montessori (3)
  • EDUC 771 Advanced Leadership & Guidance in Education*(3)
  • EDUC 772 Advanced Leadership & Montessori*(3)
  • EDUC 773 Child Development in Cultural Context (3)
    *Courses transferred from Castle Colleague credits.
    **Courses transferred from Montessori Summer Institute credits.

Instructional Leadership Curriculum

This MEd program serves teachers and other educational practitioners who want advanced knowledge of leadership and classroom practice, but who do not currently aspire to become principals or administrators. It is designed to meet the needs of educators through direct application of their studies to the settings in which they work through a self-designed action research project.

Note: This program does not lead to teacher licensure.

Required Course Work (10 to 16 Credits)
  • EDUC 600 Introduction to the Master’s Degree (1)
  • EDUC 701 Educational Research and Design (3)
  • EDUC 790 Issues of Peace, Justice, & Educational Reform (3)
    RESEARCH OPTIONS (Action Research or Culminating Experience)

  • EDUC 703 Introduction to Action Research (3)
  • EDUC 791 Action Research Proposal (3)
  • EDUC 793 Action Research Project & Report (3) OR EDUC 794 Culminating Experience (3)
    In addition to the required courses listed above, candidates will select advisor-approved electives to reach a minimum of 31 credits total.

Montessori Emphasis Curriculum

The Master of Education with Montessori Emphasis is for students who already have a Montessori Credential from a free-standing MACTE accredited institution. If you already have a Montessori Credential, you can transfer 12 credits toward your degree.

Required Course Work (10 Credits)
  • EDUC 600 Introduction to the Master’s Degree (1)
  • EDUC 701 Educational Research and Design (3)
  • EDUC 790 Issues of Peace, Justice, & Educational Reform (3)
  • EDUC 794 Culminating Experience (3)
Elective Course Work (21 Credits)

Select seven courses from the following with advisor approval.

  • EDUC 608 Montessori Development (3)
  • EDUC 649 Montessori Philosophy (3)
  • EDUC 652 Multicultural Education and Diversity (3)
  • EDUC 660 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3)
  • EDUC 712 Learning Styles and Learning Theories (3)
  • EDUC 722 Cognitive Development Theory to Practice (3)
  • EDUC 723 Language Development: Theory to Practice (3)
  • EDUC 724 Social-Emotional Development: Theory to Practice (3)
  • EDUC 726 Children’s Literature (3)
  • EDUC 764 Culturally Appropriate Practices & Montessori Methods (3)
  • EDUC 765 Development of the Senses & Montessori Methods (3)
  • EDUC 766 Language Arts & Montessori Methods (3)
  • EDUC 767 Math & Montessori Methods (3)
  • EDUC 768 Place-Based Education for the Young Child** (3)
  • EDUC 769 Nurturing the Spirit of the Child** (3)
  • EDUC 770 Integrated Curriculum & Montessori (3)
  • EDUC 771 Advanced Leadership & Guidance in Education*(3)
  • EDUC 772 Advanced Leadership & Montessori*(3)
  • EDUC 773 Child Development in Cultural Context (3)
    *Courses transferred from Castle Colleague credits.
    **Courses transferred from Montessori Summer Institute credits.