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Program Details

University of Hawaii offers a Master of Arts degree in Teaching with Secondary Licensing for students and professionals in education who want to earn secondary and advanced teacher certification. The program’s goal is to train educators who are capable of demonstrating research-based and practice accepted strategies for teaching and learning, as well as teaching subjects to a diverse student body, analyzing their practice for effectiveness in promoting student learning and integrating technology to promote personal and student growth.

Students will take part in a curriculum that will impart advanced knowledge and training in education. Those classes include Elementary Language Arts and Social Studies Pedagogy, Secondary Content Literacy, and Teacher as a Researcher.

Students completing the program may be qualified for roles in education and licensing in secondary education. Necessary skills include the ability to apply to treat students equitably, recognizing the individual differences that distinguish one student from another and adjusting their practice based on observation and knowledge of their students’ interests, abilities, skills, knowledge, family circumstances, and peer relationships. Other skills include understanding how to create multiple paths to the subjects they teach, through their knowledge of how the subject is created, organized, linked to other disciplines, and applied to real-world settings, and how to manage and monitor student learning to create, enrich, maintain, and alter instructional settings to capture and sustain the interest of their students and to make the most effective use of time.


Generally, an applicant must have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (4.0=A scale) or the equivalent in the last four semesters or approximately 60 semester credits of his/her undergraduate record and in all post-baccalaureate work.

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission