Program Overview

University of Hawaii offers a Master of Education degree in Curriculum Studies for students and professionals in education who are interested in developing their understanding of advanced teaching and design of plans to influence education. Career and growth opportunities may be available for students through becoming experts in strategies and specialized knowledge of the creation of plans for learning, instruction, grading, and assessment of activities. This program offers several curriculum specialization options, including curriculum development from Pre-K to Third Grade, elementary curriculum, middle and secondary education, secondary education, and K-12 specialization.

While in this program, students should aim to develop their understanding of curriculum development through a curriculum that intends to prepare them for specialization at various grade levels. Required classes include Premier Global Instruction Practices, Fundamentals of Needs Based Curriculum Development, and Accommodating Diversity Through Social Justice.

Upon completion of the program, students should have the necessary educational and professional qualifications for advanced roles in curriculum development and instruction. These qualifications include the ability 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 being able 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 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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    School Overview

    The University of Hawai’i System first opened as a land grant institution called the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Honolulu in 1907. By 1920, the school gained university status, changing its name to the University of Hawai’i. By the 1930s, UH began expanding its physical campus by adding other schools and awarding its first doctorate degree. World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor halted growth for a short period. However, expansion resumed in the 1950s, as the university introduced the Hilo Branch and the Asian Theater program. Throughout the twentieth century, campuses were established on the various islands, and academic programs continued to develop. The main campus in Manoa is the largest and oldest of the college campuses and is a land grant, sea grant, and space grant research facility. 

    More than 600 degree programs are offered through the University of Hawai’i, including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and graduate and professional certificates. Distance learning degrees extend from certificate and bachelor’s degrees to online master’s and doctorate programs.


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