School of Education

The School of Education develops professional educators who are reflective practitioners dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and school renewal.  Its degree programs are based on standards-driven, field-based, and inquiry-oriented curricula that employ cutting-edge educational technology to integrate content and pedagogy. Employing an electronic portfolio-based assessment system, university faculty and mentor teachers guide the candidate's progress in achieving professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

Hawai‘i Pacific University's School of Education prepares candidates to become competent, caring, and professional educators through classroom discussions and field experiences. Teacher candidates learn in small classes and enjoy individualized attention by university faculty and mentor teachers.

The HPU School of Education prepares candidates for licensure in elementary and secondary education. Teacher candidates complete core and field experience courses as well as the capstone clinical practice (student teaching) courses.

The School of Education degree programs feature:

  • Convenient evening course offerings

  • Small class size

  • Field experiences courses

  • Web-enhanced courses and electronic portfolios

  • Mentorship by teachers in private and public school settings

Aloha Future Teacher,

Welcome to the Hawai‘i Pacific University School of Education Website! I am delighted that you are considering a career in teaching!  Teaching is indeed a noble profession, and as a teacher, you will have the rare and wondrous opportunity to make an everlasting difference in the life of a child. You will teach and you will inspire; you will make miracles, and you will foster greatness in your students.

I am also so pleased that you are considering Hawai‘i Pacific University as a place to complete your program of professional preparation. In this truly innovative, field-based, inquiry-oriented, and technology-rich program, you will have many opportunities to create meaningful learning experiences for diverse students. You will present them with content in clear, challenging, and compelling ways, and you will collaborate with other teacher candidates, colleagues, and families to forge a learning community at your school.

Our faculty and staff are committed to your growth as a professional educator. We will equip you with all the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to ensure your success. As a first step, we have prepared this website to provide you with some valuable information about our degree programs.

If you have any questions or would like me to provide you with additional information, please stop by my office, call me at (808) 544-1477, or email me at

As your 'ohana, we are committed to your success!


Roger Kiyomura, Ed.D

Director – School of Education

B.Ed. Elementary Education

Travis Butler

Coordinator, Downtown Campus

(808) 544-9385

Please make an appointment by clicking on the link:



M.Ed. in Elementary Education, Secondary Education or Educational Leadership

Dr. Roger Kiyomura

(808) 544-1477

Hawai‘i Pacific University

School of Education

900 Fort Street Mall, Suite 200

Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone:  (808) 544-0838

Fax:  (808) 544-0841




Dean, College of Professional Studies

Instructor of Education

Phone:  (808) 543-8046




Director, School of Education

Assistant Professor of Education

Phone:  (808) 544-1477




Assistant Professor of Education (Educational Leadership)

Instructional Design & Technology Specialist

Phone:  (808) 544-1142




Coordinator for Secondary Education

Assistant Professor of Education

Phone:  (808) 356-5229




Coordinator for Elementary Education

Assistant Professor of Education (Elementary)

Phone:  (808) 566-2432





Catherine Caine, M.Ed.



Dorothy Douthit, Ph.D.



Adrianne Hill, M.Ed.



Kalehua Kamakawiwoole, M.A.



Ryan Mandado, M.S.Ed.



Eduard Merc, Ph.D.



Cheyne Nomura, M.Ed.



Natalia Sandoval, M.A.



Jace Saplan, D.M.A.



Paul Singer, M.A.



In the School of Education, field experiences are a paramount part of the Teacher Education Program.  To prepare effective educators, we offer our teacher candidates a variety of field experiences in public and private elementary, middle and high schools throughout the island of Oahu.  All field placements of our teacher candidates are made in which there is a formal agreement between Hawai‘i Pacific University, the school district and the schools.

All students in both the undergraduate and graduate programs will experience two semesters of clinical practice.  In the two semesters, teacher candidates will invest 225 hours per semester at a designated school.  Placement at a school is determined by various factors:  employment of the teacher candidate at the school, proximity of the teacher candidate’s residency to the school, convenience to the teacher candidate’s outside employment, etc.  Every effort is made to make the clinical practice meaningful, relevant and challenging to our students.

Field experiences are where teacher candidates acquire and refine their knowledge, abilities and skills about what they teach, who they teach and how to help students learn and grow; apply theories and best practice strategies; develop a sense of professional identification with the respective school; learn collaboration and teamwork with school colleagues and parents; evaluate their practice in teaching and ways to grow in an objective manner – individually and collectively – in reflective sessions with their mentor teacher and university professor; and become empowered to assume the roles and responsibilities of a classroom teacher. Each semester, teacher candidates will solo teach two full lessons, one while being observed and evaluated by their mentor teachers and the second by their faculty instructor. The observation allows for meaningful and immediate feedback that is invaluable for improvement and experience.

A Blue Ribbon feature of field experiences is our cadre of mentor teachers who are recommended by their school administrators as highly effective educators who can offer their experience and expertise to our teacher candidates.  Mentor teachers put in the time and effort to help our teacher candidates to improve their effectiveness in the classroom through their modeling of best practices, classroom observations, day-to-day interactions, and reflective sessions.

We look forward to meeting you and telling you more about the richness of our field experiences, and the success stories of many of our teachers employed at schools throughout Hawai‘i and the world.




Hawaiʻi Pacific University's School of Education is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Hawaiʻi Pacific University's School of Education is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation program under the AAQEP standards with an anticipated Quality Assurance Review in Spring 2021.