Hawaiian and Indigenous Language Medium Early Education Certificate

Coordinator Contact: Jason D. “Iota” Cabral, Ph.D.
Email: jasoncab@hawaii.edu

Program Description

The Certificate in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language Medium Early Education is intended to provide students with the basic foundation of Hawaiian and Indigenous early education through the medium of Hawaiian and Indigenous Language itself examining:

  1. Hawaiian and Indigenous perspective, philosophy, theories, methodology, and resources in early education and
  2. Hawaiian and Indigenous medium early education as part of their undergraduate studies.

Core courses in this certificate provide students with foundations in Hawaiian or Indigenous language as it relates to education, the history and background of the Hawaiian language movement and the Pūnana Leo Hawaiian Medium educational institution, Pūnana Leo early education methodology and curriculum and other educational foundations that affect Hawaiian and Indigenous early education, child development, and teacher responsibilities in Hawaiian and Indigenous medium and Hawaiian immersion settings.

Elective courses in this certificate provide supplemental Hawaiian language and Hawaiian culture knowledge applicable to Hawaiian early education and Hawaiian medium early education. Students may select an elective course from a variety of Hawaiian language and/or Hawaiian culture related courses. The non-Hawaiian Indigenous Language Medium track is designed to be a mirror image of the Hawaiian track available for outreach to other indigenous peoples seeking support from the College, parrallel to efforts currently occurring at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Students who graduate with a Certificate in Hawaiian and Indigenous Medium Early Education will be prepared with the knowledge to work at a Pūnana Leo preschool or a Hawaiian Early Education institution or parrallel indigenous language medium preschool. The certificate does not culminate in eligibility for a teaching license.

Students pursuing this certificate will complete 18-19 credit hours. Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in all courses applied to this certificate program.

Requirements for the Certificate in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language Medium Early Education

Hawaiian Medium Track Requirements (19 credits)

  1. Required Courses (16)

    • KHAW 303 Third Level Hawaiian I (4)
    • KED 341A Ulu Ke Keiki (3)
    • KED 342A He 'Ohana Lanakila (3)
    • KED 343A Ma Ka Hana Ka 'Ike I (3)
    • KED 344A Ma Ka Hana Ka 'Ike II (3)
  2. Additional Electives (3)

    • 3 credits taken from HWST, KHWS or upper division KHAW, LING

Non-Hawaiian Indigenous Language Medium Track Requirements (18-19 credits)

  1. Required Courses (15-16)

    • KED 341E Ulu Ke Keiki (3)
    • KED 342E He 'Ohana Lanakila (3)
    • KED 343E Ma Ka Hana Ka 'Ike I (3)
    • KED 344E Ma Ka Hana Ka 'Ike II (3)
    • Choose one of the below options:
      • KIND 441 Advanced Language in Culture I (2) and KIND 442 Advancd Language in Culture II (2)
      • LING 445 Explor Bilingual & Immers Ed (3)
      • KLAN course equivalent to KHAW 303 Third Level Hawaiian I (4)
  2. Additional Electives (3)

    • 3 credits taken from LING, KLAN, KIND or other applied indigenous language and culture focused courses approved by the Department Chair.

The Certificate in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language Medium Early Education may be pursued by Hawaiian Studies and other discipline majors and by those pursuing any other certificate or certificates at UH Hilo. Credits may be shared more than once between this certificate and other degrees and certificates on campus.