Scholarships available for Masters of Education degrees

Scholarship tuition stipends for qualified future teachers are available as part of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s College of Education (COE) Grow Our Own Teachers Initiative. Applicants who have been admitted into the Master of Education in Teaching Secondary or Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teacher Education (PBCTE) Elementary program for fall 2020 or who have applied to the PBCTE Secondary program for spring 2021 are eligible.

This unique partnership between the COE and Hawai‘i Department of Education (HIDOE), with the generous support of Sen. Michelle Kidani, is providing working educators with an opportunity to obtain a teaching license.

Designed for HIDOE employees who serve as emergency hires, substitute teachers or educational assistants, the initiative directly addresses teacher shortage areas in Hawaiian language, world languages, English, mathematics and science. The application process is rigorous to ensure candidates match priority areas.

The new cohort of Grow Our Own candidates begins in January 2021 and is expected to graduate in May 2022. Upon completion of the program, participants are eligible to apply for teacher licensure from the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board and are required to commit to three years of full-time teaching in HIDOE or state charter schools in their licensed field.

Applications for the Grow Our Own initiative are due by Sept. 1, 2020, for priority admission and Oct. 1, 2020, for final consideration. For more information, please contact Marie Guillermo at


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