Teaching isn’t just a profession, it’s an art form.
A good teacher is as skilled at a difficult, rewarding and beautiful craft as a noted sculptor, a concert pianist or a professional ballerina. Teaching takes perseverance, it takes skill, and it takes practice. Lots of practice. That’s why our master of arts in teaching program stresses theory and the application of knowledge, and prepares teachers for all the challenges of leading a classroom.
Per Term (4 terms a year)
2019-2020 cost above is based on full-time status of six credits (typically two courses) at $825 per credit hour, effective July 1, 2020. Does not include fees, books and supplies.
As few as 18 months
Early Childhood (PK-3)
Early Childhood Montessori (PK-K)
Elementary Education (K-6)
Secondary Education (6-12)
Special Education (K-12)
Hybrid option (a combination of campus and online courses) is available for Early Childhood (PK-3) and Early Childhood Montessori (PK-K).
Accreditation for Early Childhood Education
Chaminade University has received specialized accreditation for its early childhood education programs by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) and affiliated by the American Montessori Society (AMS). The education programs in the following degrees are accredited by MACTE and affiliated by AMS:
• Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with Montessori Credential
• Master of Education in Early Childhood Education with Montessori Credential
• Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education Montessori/PK-K
Accreditation for the Teacher Preparation Programs
The teacher preparation programs at Chaminade University are accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Counseling (TEAC) Quality Principles, which is now served by the single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the United States, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Kai Mana “Peter” Nakoa
Milken Family Foundation 2017 Teacher of Promise
Master of Arts in Teaching ’15
Hawaiian Language Immersion Program Teacher
Nanakuli Elementary School
Affectionately called “Kumu Kai Mana” by his students, Peter Nakoa knows the future of education is digital, not analog. That’s why he’s integrating the latest technology throughout his school. Nakoa is the first Hawaiian Language Immersion Education teacher to be honored with the Milken Family Foundation award for his vision and achievements.
2017 Hawaii State Public Charter School Teacher of the Year
Master of Arts in Teaching ’12
Teach for America Hawaii ’11
English Language Arts Teacher, SEEQS: The School for Examining the Essential Questions of Sustainability
Influenced by supportive colleagues, family and her international travel experiences, Kay Beach approaches project-based learning through a lens of openness and empathy. She creates safe spaces that develop young minds. Her students use research to inform their decision making. Consequently, they think and act for themselves regarding critical issues of our time.
National Association of Independent Schools “2013-2014 Teacher of the Future”
Master of Arts in Teaching ’05
Assistant Principal & Dean of Faculty, Punahou School
Selected for a 25-member national cohort that’s imagining the future of education, Chase Mitsuda serves as an opinion leader among his colleagues and peers. He’s also been named an Apple Distinguished Educator, thus joining a global community of visionary educators and innovative leaders. “I became a teacher to change the world,” he says, “and I’m not done trying.”