Master of Education in Teaching- Secondary and SPED

The Master of Education in Teaching (MEdT) dual licensure program in Secondary & Special Education is a statewide, two-year, field-based program designed for those pursuing careers in teaching who have earned baccalaureate degrees in fields other than education.

Upon successful completion of this degree and submission of passing scores for the appropriate licensing tests, you will be recommended for initial teacher licensure to the Hawaii Teachers Standards Board (HTSB) to teach two areas: one in a secondary (6-12) content area (English, Hawaiian Language, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies) and one in special education mild/moderate, while also obtaining a Masterʻs degree.

The MEdT program is field-based with candidates beginning field experiences in schools during their first semester of the program. Candidates will complete two semesters of field experience, followed by a semester of full-time student teaching in the secondary content area and a second semester of full-time student teaching in a special education placement. Field experiences (practicum & residency) will be completed at an assigned MEdT partner school on the island they reside. Candidates may not choose the location or grade level of their placement and must be willing to cover all transportation costs to the assigned school sites anywhere on the island.

Stipends and Scholarships

STIPENDS: For candidates in the Dual Secondary/SPED cohort, a 31-credit tuition stipend may be available to fund in-state or out-of-state candidates who agree to teach as a special education teacher in a Hawaii DOE school for a minimum of 3 years after program completion. Contingent upon yearly renewal of funds, this funding opportunity would then be automatically offered to all admitted program candidates. If funded, the stipend is given each semester directly to the student while enrolled.

FEDERAL TEACHER LOAN FORGIVENESS: SPED teachers at Title I schools can qualify for up to $17,500.00 in loan forgiveness.

For more information about applying for financial aid, visit the Financial Aid website: https://www.hawaii.edu/fas/get_started/.

Refer to http://www.star.hawaii.edu to check for scholarship opportunities