Teacher Education Program

Education Major reading to young children

Aspire to Inspire! Becoming a teacher is one of the most rewarding careers you can choose.

The Teacher Education degree prepares you with a solid foundation of pedagogy to teach K-12. Degree completion gets you “career ready” to be hired as a highly qualified Educational Assistant or part-time teacher… or gets you started on your 4-year ED degree.

Three Options

Associate Degree
in Teaching

Our 62 credit program is a perfect start on your four-year Teacher Ed degree. We have great transfer agreements! You could also become an entry level educator (a paraprofessional). You also have the chance to get real life "in the classroom" experience while earning your degree.

Alternative Certification for CTE

Do you know "content" and have work experience in a Career or Technical Ed area? This program gets you ready to teach your field in Hawaii's high school CTE programs.

Special/Inclusive Education

We offer several pathways in Special education: a 16 credit certificate of competence for working in Special Education in inclusive classrooms; a 3+1 Licensure Pathway; an Advanced Professional Certificate in SPED; and Registered Behavior Technician training credential. Details on all SPED options.

Program Details

The time to complete the certificates or the degree varies from approximately two to four semesters. To obtain the associate degree in two years, you have to take an average of 15 credits/semester.

Costs: tuition and fees

Associate in Science in Teaching Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program graduates will demonstrate our CORE Philosophy:
  • Collaborate: Analyze, collaborate and value learning communities to ensure growth for all learners and evaluate his/her own effectiveness.
  • Oriented to Students: Describe, analyze, implement, assess and value developmentally appropriate instructional and assessment strategies, and positive learning environments to ensure growth for all learners and evaluate his/her own effectiveness.
  • Relevant: Analyze, design, implement, assess, and value standards based lesson plans that are contextually, culturally, and technologically relevant to reach all learners and evaluate his/her own effectiveness.
  • Effective: Analyze, plan, develop,demonstrate and value professional and ethical teaching practices to ensure growth for all learners and evaluate his/her own effectiveness.

Certificate of Competence, Alternative Certification in Teaching Program Learning Outcomes:


  • The teacher candidate analyzes 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 designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
  • The teacher candidate uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
  • The teacher candidate works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  • The teacher candidate analyzes the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s). He or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
  • The teacher candidate describes and demonstrates 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.
  • The teacher candidate develops and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor the learner’s progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
  • The teacher candidate plans 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.
  • The teacher candidate develops and uses 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.


  • The teacher candidate engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.


  • The teacher candidate seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth and to advance the profession.

Certificate of Competence in Special/Inclusive Education Certificate Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete this certificate will be able to:

  • Describe characteristics of children with disabilities and developmental milestones for typically developing children
  • Plan and deliver instruction appropriate to including children with disabilities within the general curriculum.
  • Communicate with parents/guardians using culturally and linguistically diverse strategies to meet students’ instructional goals and create individualized education plans (IEP).
  • Apply evidence based practices (EBPs) to assess student learning, use appropriate instructional strategies for tiered levels of intervention, and monitor and report on progress
  • Establish and maintain a safe learning environment
  • Describe the appropriate responsibilities related to each member of the multidisciplinary support team and execute ethical practices as a professional.

Michael Cawdery, Associate Professor CC, Education, B.A., University of Buffalo, The State University of New York, M.Ed., University of Maryland College Park

David Fry, Media Specialist; B.A. (Computer Science), Assumption College, M.A. (Communication), Hawai‘i Pacific University, Ph.D. Candidate (Public Communication and Technology), Colorado State University

Brian Ichida, Instructor CC, Education; M.Ed., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Jeffrey Judd, Associate Professor CC, Education, B.S., Post Bac Secondary Science, University of California at Davis, M.Ed., Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Christina Keaulana, Instructor CC, Education; B.A. (English and Asian Studies), Brandeis University, M.Ed. (Special Education), ABD Exceptionalities, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Cameron Rivera, Instructor CC and Student Support Specialist, Education Program; B.B.A., Marketing; M.Ed., Educational Technology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Jaydene Kaleʻa Silva, Assistant Professor CC, Education; B.A., Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; M.Ed., Secondary Education, Chaminade University of Honolulu,; Ph.D. Curriculum Studies, University of Hawai'i Mānoa

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