Aloha and welcome to HPU’s M.Ed. in Elementary Education degree program,
If you are interested in becoming an elementary teacher, it probably means you are patient, have a good sense of humor, enjoy explaining how the world works, and have a deep appreciation for learning. It means that you get excited by the smiles on children’s faces, and even more so when you see the proverbial light bulb blazing above their heads as they learn something for the first time. It means that you are ready to make a difference in the lives of children and in the fabric of our society. Robert Fulgum reminds us how many vital life lessons we learn as early as kindergarten; lessons like “Play fair. Live a balanced life. Be aware of wonder.”
HPU is here to help you on your journey to become an elementary teacher, and we have designed a program that promises to challenge you intellectually, support you socially, and provide you with the flexibility you need to balance your many life commitments. Our faculty is prepared to guide your growth in becoming a knowledgeable, caring, and effective professional who will have an impact on the lives of children for years to come.
We look forward to being your partner in success.
Gustavo "Gus" Martinez-Padilla, M.Ed.
Elementary Education Program Director