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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

I am delighted to share the good news about HPU’s newest graduate program. Beginning this summer, we will offer courses leading to teacher certification and the Master of Education degree in Secondary Education.


This new post-baccalaureate program will prepare teacher candidates for licensing in Hawai‘i and 44 other states in the areas of computer science, English, teaching English as a second language, mathematics, science, and social studies. Candidates who wish to go beyond certification may do additional study to earn an M.Ed. in Secondary Education.

Through classroom discussions and field experiences, HPU’s Teacher Education program will prepare candidates to become competent, caring, reflective professional educators dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and school renewal. Teacher candidates will learn in small classes and will enjoy individual attention by University faculty and mentor teachers who will provide an innovative, standards-driven, field-based curriculum that employs a cutting-edge, Web-based, portfolio assessment system. Graduates of our program will become part of an alumni ‘ohana (family) that will provide continuing mentoring and support for new teachers.

One of the unique features of our program is the field- experience component. Teacher candidates will begin their field experiences as soon as they enter the program.They will be assigned to a mentor teacher at a private or public school where they will begin as participant-observers and become increasingly more involved in classroom experiences as they tutor both individual and small groups of students, assist with lesson planning and student assessment, and finally, engage in a full-time teaching internship. They will receive academic credit for this work in the form of one-credit field experience courses that accompany each of their three-credit seminar courses.

Undergraduates can also join this exciting, new graduate program through our early admissions process. Seniors with 100 semester credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 can earn up to 12 dual undergraduate and graduate credits in education. The Graduate Services Center can provide additional information about this option.

To request a brochure and an application, call our Graduate Services Center (808) 544-0279. You can also find information on the Teacher Education program on the Web at

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