Initiatives

PK-3 Graduate Certificate Program

Early Childhood PK-3 Graduate Certificate Program

The Early Childhood PK-3 post-graduate certificate program was collaboratively developed in 2010 by the University of Hawai‘i Manoa College of Education's Department of Curriculum Studies and Hawai‘i P-3 staff in response to ongoing professional development needs of educators in the Early Childhood Education workforce.  Upon completion of 15 required credits of early childhood coursework and a professional portfolio, students receive a Certificate in Early Childhood PK-3 from the College of Education.  To receive a Master of Education in Curriculum Studies, students need only to complete additional 12 credits, including a required course in child development and three core classes. 

Simultaneously in 2010, Hawai‘i P-3 created a tuition assistance cohort program to promote and support job-embedded post-baccalaureate professional development and training for educators of the demonstration project sites.  In return, selected cohort recipients commit to participate in an on-going evaluation of coursework taken as well as its impact on teaching and practice in their classrooms.  To date, 18 teachers have received 100% tuition assistance to enroll in the PK-3 certificate program.  In Spring 2012, 7 teachers completed their 15 credits and received their PK-3 Certificate from College of Education Curriculum Studies.  Eleven teachers received their certificates in Spring 2013.  Hawai‘i P-3 anticipates to finance and graduate 20 cohort members in Spring 2014. 

For more information, visit the University of Hawai‘i College of Education's PK-3 Graduate Certificate page.