Hawai‘i Certification Institute for School Leaders

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) College of Education (COE) Department of Educational Administration (EDEA) helps develop future leaders in education.  The COE-HICISL program is a 21-credit program that follows the UHM semester schedule, offering courses in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students can complete the program in less than two years, and the master’s option can be completed within two years for a total of 30 credits.

The Department certifies its own school administrators through the Hawaii Certification Institute for School Leaders (HICISL). The two-year HICISL program promotes the performance of aspiring school leaders in their role through coaching, coursework and residency components.  EDEA administers the courses to assist candidates in completing the program. Selection for the HICISL program is made by the DOE.  The UHM EDEA program provides the courses to the CISL participants, however is not involved in the selection process.

For additional information on the Hawaii DOE HICISL program: http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/LicensureAndCertification/Pages/home.aspx

For further information about becoming a certified school level administrator (i.e. Principal or Vice Principal), contact:

Professional Development and Educational Research Institute (PDERI)

Address: 345 Puuhale Road Room 106, Honolulu, HI 96819

Phone: 808-784-5300

Fax: 808-832-3207

Financial Assistance

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education is committed to supporting your career advancement goals. All HICISL participants may be eligible to receive $500 per selected course, subject to the availability of funds, given the current university budget situation.

*The following students are not eligible for the scholarship award:

  1. Students using the UHM employee tuition benefit,
  2. Unclassified students not enrolled in an EDEA graduate program or not a HICISL participant

Awards are not retroactive, and based on the studentʻs status for that current semester.

Prospective students must complete an Outreach College application.