Early Childhood Education

University of Hawaii at Manoa

M.Ed. Blended
30 months
33648 USD/year
33648 USD/year
15600 USD/year
Tuition fee
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This Early Childhood Education program at University of Hawaii at Manoa offers professional development and leadership training for students who work in programs serving all children (including those with disabilities) between infancy and 5 years old. 


The Department of Curriculum Studies offers a 30 credit program leading to the degree of master of education in curriculum studies. It is designed to serve licensed teachers who wish to learn about and inquire into the areas of PK-3 early childhood, elementary, middle level, secondary education, or K-12 education.

Students in elementary and secondary education select Art, Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics, or interdisciplinary subjects. 

Other concentrations may be possible if advisors are available. K-12 concentrations include Aloha Kumu, Disability and Diversity Studies, Multicultural Education, Language, Literacy Specialist, Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education Leadership, Reading, Science (Interdisciplinary Place-based, P-12), STEMS2 (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Social Sciences and Sense of Place), Social Studies Education, and Teacher Leader.

Literacy Specialist and Reading K-12 programs earn graduate certificates. Two other programs–PK12 Interdisciplinary Place-based Science and Teacher Leader–earn college-endorsed certificates, with graduate certificates in process.

The Literacy Specialist, Reading K12, and Teacher Leader programs may be used to add a field to a Hawai'i teaching license. Previously taken MEd-CS courses count, so those who already hold the MEd-CS take only certificate courses to add the field of Literacy Specialist (18 credits), Reading (15 credits), or Teacher Leader (18 credits).

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to support professional development and promote leadership for professionals who work in programs serving children, including children with disabilities, between infancy and five-years of age and their families.

Multicultural Global Experience

Committed to being the leading indigenous serving university in the country, University of Hawaii at Manoa proudly delivers a unique multicultural global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning, with a long history of adherence to the principles of sustainability and the essence of aloha—truly like nowhere else on earth.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Advanced Child Development
  • Seminar in Curriculum: Issues and Trends
  • Early Intervention for Special Populations
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Family Public Policy
  • ECE Advanced Topics: Professionalism and Ethics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


  • Semi-structured
  • Regular mandatory meetings
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be eligible, an applicant must hold or expect to hold prior to matriculation a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent degree from a recognized non-U.S. institution of higher education. At minimum, the applicant needs to demonstrate above average academic performance (B average, usually a 3.0 on a 1.0-4.0 scale) for undergraduate course work and for any post-baccalaureate or graduate course work. 
  • Because the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of spaces available, admission is competitive.  Meeting minimum admissions standards does not guarantee admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16824 USD per semester and a duration of 30 months.
  • National

    33648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16824 USD per semester and a duration of 30 months.
  • In-State

    15600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7800 USD per semester and a duration of 30 months.


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Early Childhood Education
University of Hawaii at Manoa