Hawaiian and Indigenous Language Medium Early Education Certificate
The Certificate in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language Medium Early Education is designed to prepare students through the Hawaiian language to become early childhood educators in mauli ola settings.
Core courses 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.
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 parallel indigenous language medium preschool.
The certificate does not culminate in eligibility for a teaching license.
Requirements for the Certificate in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language Medium Early Education
Hawaiian Medium Track Requirements (19 credits)
Required Courses (16)
- KHAW 303 Third Level Hawaiian I (4)
- KPSY 341A Ulu Ke Keiki (3)
- KSOC 342A He 'Ohana Lanakila (3)
- KED 343A Ma Ka Hana Ka 'Ike I (3)
- KED 344A Ma Ka Hana Ka 'Ike II (3)
Additional Electives (3)
- 3 credits taken from HWST, KHWS or upper division KHAW, LING
Non-Hawaiian Indigenous Language Medium Track Requirements (18-19 credits)
Required Courses (15-16)
- KPSY 341E Ulu Ke Keiki (3)
- KSOC 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)
Additional Electives (3)
- 3 credits taken from LING, KLAN, KIND or other applied indigenous language and culture focused courses approved by the Department Chair.
- 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.
- 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.