What will I learn?

The HPU School of Education provides a master’s degree program in secondary education that prepares candidates for licensing in Hawaii and 49 other states in grades 6-12.

Guided by a profound belief in active, collaborative, experiential, reflective, and transformative learning as well as a deep commitment to diversity and educational technology, this degree program is based on an innovative, inquiry-oriented, standards-driven, and field-based curriculum that integrates content and pedagogy and employs an electronic portfolio assessment system to evaluate the teacher candidate’s progress toward achieving professional standards. In addition, HPU provides teacher candidates with cutting edge, course web page technology tools and access to online periodical databases in education.

University faculty, mentor teachers, and principals will join in a unique partnership to deliver an innovative curriculum that has been designed to develop professional educators who are reflective practitioners dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning and school renewal.


Students who complete the Master of Education in Secondary Education will:

  1. Understand how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and design and implement developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
  2. Use an understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
  3. Work with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  4. Understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
  5. Understand how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
  6. Understand and use multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
  7. Plan instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
  8. Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
  9. Engages in ongoing professional learning and use evidence to continually evaluate his or her practice, particularly the effects of their choices and action on others (learners, families, other professional, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
  10. Seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning and collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.


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Which department am I in?

College of Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,300.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected July 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022


Hawaii Pacific University

1 Aloha Tower Drive,



96813, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree (or the equivalent to a U.S. college or university degree for international students) with a GPA of 2.7 or higher are encouraged to apply for admission.

English Language Score: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Score of at least 550 (pBT) or 80 (iBT); International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Overall band score of at least 6.0; Pearson Test of English (PTE): Score of at least 55; Duolingo English test: Score of at least 105; Cambridge Score: Score of at least 176; Step Eiken: Test level of Grade 1; iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency): Score of at least 3.9; ELS Language Center: Completion of level 112. Application Deadlines: July 1st for Fall entry.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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