The M.Ed. in Elementary Education is:
- Standards-driven: its curriculum is aligned with professional, state, and institutional standards.
- Field-based: teacher candidates engage in 240 hours of field experiences and 450 hours of student teaching experiences in schools under the guidance of mentor teachers who have been handpicked by school principals.
- Content-focused: HPU faculty members, who are content area experts, teach in the program.
- Technology-rich: features web-enhanced courses and an electronic portfolio assessment system.
- Assessment-oriented: requires continual classroom observations and candidate performance evaluations, along with key embedded assessments, a professional portfolio, and nationally-normed tests of content knowledge.
Admission to the School of Education
Admission to degree programs in the School of Education at Hawai'i Pacific University is based on academic ability and potential for success. Academic ability is evaluated by the applicant’s past academic performance and recommendations.
In addition, admission to the School of Education at HPU will include an admissions interview. Professional work experience as well as involvement in organizational or community activities that demonstrate the applicant’s ability to work with young people will also be used in the evaluation of the applicant.
Applicants who have not satisfied prerequisite course requirements may still apply to the School of Education degree programs. However, prior to admission to the School of Education, applicants will be required to complete the required prerequisite courses.
In addition, applicants for the School of Education’s graduate programs must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent degree from another country. All applicants must submit certified copies of their postsecondary transcripts showing completion of the undergraduate degree, plus two confidential recommendation forms. These recommendations should be from professors, counselors, employers, and others who can attest to the applicant’s potential for success at the graduate level and potential as a professional educator.
When reviewing an application for graduate admission into the School of Education, several factors will be considered:
- an acceptable cumulative GPA
- letters of recommendation
- a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
- statement of purpose
- a passing score on the admissions interview
A holistic approach is used, and no one factor excludes an applicant from consideration. The University seeks students who have demonstrated the ability and motivation to do academic work as well as a positive attitude toward children.
Teacher candidates pursuing the Master of Education in Elementary Education must complete a minimum of 45 semester hours of graduate work.
To prepare for licensure in elementary education, teacher candidates must first complete six core seminar and field experience courses in elementary education, two concentration course in elementary curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and the capstone teaching internship courses, for a total of 33 credit hours.
To complete the degree requirements for the Master of Education in Elementary Education, students must also take 12 credit hours of clinical practice (student teaching) coursework for a total of 45 credit hours.