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The Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program is a program provided, as mandated by law, through the medium of the state’s ofﬁcial Hawaiian language and community-based culture at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s College of Hawaiian Language, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani. Core course work for the program begins in the summer; therefore, admittance into the program shall be granted prior to the summer session only.
Kahuawaiola will be of special interest to those planning to teach in Hawaiian medium schools, Hawaiian language and culture programs in English medium schools, and schools serving students with a strong Hawaiian cultural background. All interested persons with a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university with an approved major requiring a minimum of 120 credits, 45 of which are at the 300 level or above, may be accepted if they meet the Hawaiian language and culture course work requirements of the program.
- Completion of the application packet;
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
- A major approved by the Academic Studies Division;
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the cumulative undergraduate record or from the last 60 semester credits for the undergraduate degree completed;
- A minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major.
- Four years of Hawaiian language with a minimum GPA of 2.75 for the third and fourth years; or permission from the Academic Studies Division based on an evaluation of fluency;
- Successful completion of Haw 490;
- Successful completion of one of the following: Hwst 111, 211, 213; or permission from the Academic Studies Division based on an evaluation of Hawaiian cultural knowledge and skills;
- Successful completion of one of the following: Hwst 205, 471, 472, 473, 474; or permission from the Academic Studies Division based on an evaluation of Hawaiian cultural knowledge and skills;
- 50 hours of (paid or volunteer) teaching experience through the medium of Hawaiian, OR 30 hours of (paid or volunteer) teaching experience through the medium of Hawaiian AND 30 hours of (paid or volunteer) experience in Hawaiian medium curriculum development;
- Passing scores on the Praxis I exams (reading, writing, and mathematics), AND on Praxis II (Subject Assessments) Content Area Exercises relevant to secondary level licenses which the applicant will seek from the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board;
- Interview with Kahuawaiola faculty.
Applying to the Program
Applications will be evaluated on submission of the following required documentation in a timely manner: (Application deadline: 1st December)
- University of Hawaiʻi Application for Admission (including processing fee);
- Kahuawaiola Admission Application;
- Statement of interest;
- Work Experience Veriﬁcation form;
- Three letters of recommendation;
- Ofﬁcial college/university transcripts (for each post-high institution previously attended);
- Ofﬁcial Praxis I/II scores.
Applicants will be notiﬁed of acceptance near the end of February.
Applicants accepted into the program will be required to complete additional documentation prior to the start of the summer session including, but not limited to, a criminal background check and ﬁngerprinting as required by the state for classroom teaching. For more information, contact the Kahuawaiola ofﬁce.
Graduation from the program is based on the successful completion of the following requirements:
- 9 courses totaling 37 credits:
- KEd 620 (3) Foundations for Hawaiian Medium Education
- KEd 621 (3) Language Arts in Hawaiian Medium Education
- KEd 622 (2) Math and Science in Hawaiian Medium Education
- KEd 623 (2) Social Studies in Hawaiian Medium Education
- KEd 624 (3) Technology, Arts, and Physical Education in Hawaiian Medium Education
- KEd 641 (9) Hawaiian Medium Field Experience I
- KEd 642 (3) Hawaiian Medium Field Experience I Seminar
- KEd 643 (9) Hawaiian Medium Field Experience II
- KEd 644 (3) Hawaiian Medium Field Experience II Seminar
- Minimum grade of 3.0 in all teacher training courses requiring grades.