M.A. in Indigenous Language and Culture Education

Coordinator: Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa , Ph.D.
Email: keiki@hawaii.edu

Faculty:

Note: This program is also assisted by other faculty drawn from Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language and by scholars with a national and international reputation in indigenous language and culture education from outside the college.

For Information Contact:

Kuʻulei Kepaʻa
Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelilkōlani
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
200 W. Kāwili Street
Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720-4091

Tel: (808) 932-7730
Email: kuulei.kepaa@hawaii.edu

Website: http://www.olelo.hawaii.edu/khuok/mokuna-kalaiike.php

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Indigenous Language and Culture Education further prepares mauli ola educators as applied researchers who advance the development of Hawaiian and Indigenous culture-based education through three distinct emphasis: Indigenous Medium Education, Hawaiian Language and Literature, and Indigenous and Minority Languages Revitalization; offering a Plan A thesis track and a Plan B applied research track. Students will automatically be admitted into the Plan B applied research track. If interested in the Plan A thesis track, please meet with the College Graduate Program Coordinator.

The Indigenous Medium Education Emphasis includes preservice preparation for initial teacher certification through Kahuawaiola, as well as applied academic research knowledge and skills enabling the advancement of Hawaiian language medium education. Conducted primarily in Hawaiian.

The Hawaiian Language and Literature Emphasis contributes to the revitalization of the language and further scholarship through the expanse of historical and contemporary Hawaiian literary resources for continued praxis in society. Conducted primarily in Hawaiian.

The Indigenous and Minority Languages Revitalization Emphasis develops the abilities of students to analyze the role of minority and indigenous languages in their local, national, and international contexts. This stream prepares students to contribute to the maintenance, promotion, and revitalization of languages and cultures facing endangerment in various situations throughout the world. Conducted primarily in English.

Mission

The mission of the College is to assure the revitalization and continued advancement and growth of the Hawaiian language and mauli ola Hawaiʻi. A thriving Hawaiian language is the means through which the mauli ola Hawaiʻi will once again become commonplace in both traditional and contemporary contexts in Hawaiʻi. The College joins with other Indigenous peoples in the revitalization of their own languages and cultures. Our collective efforts will ensure the furthering of local, national and international initiatives toward establishing language and cultural vibrancy throughout the world.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate advancement in spoken and written Hawaiian with fluency and consistency in all educational contexts, adhering to graduate-level writing standards.
  2. Demonstrate analytical skills and comprehension of content and overall constitution of literary, cultural, and historical Hawaiian language texts.
  3. Examine and articulate the Hawaiian language renormalization movement within the broader context of language revitalization.
  4. Apply knowledge of and skills in the performance of Hawaiian chant, dance, and oratory.
  5. Exhibit leadership in Hawaiian and Indigenous language and culture revitalization in academic and community environments.

Admission Requirements

  1. B.A. or B.S. degree from a regionally accredited institution or from a nationally recognized foreign institution;
  2. 30 credits in Hawaiian Language, Hawaiian Studies, and/or Linguistics at the 300- or 400-level with no grade lower than a 3.0 (B);
  3. GPA of 3.0 (4.0 = A scale) or the equivalent in the last four semesters of approximately 60 semester credits of undergraduate and/or in all post- baccalaureate work;
  4. Statement of purpose;
  5. Sample undergraduate academic paper (by preference written in Hawaiian);
  6. Three letters of recommendation which should address the applicant’s background and potential in their field of interest including any service to the Hawaiian or indigenous language/culture community;
  7. Interview;
  8. Successful completion of KHAW 490 Base-level Fluency Hawn Med Ed (1) (not required for Indigenous and Minority Languages Revitalization Emphasis); and
  9. In the case of second language speakers of English, passing scores on the TOEFL as determined by the College or other evidence of English fluency.

Further information on the details of fulfilling admission requirements are available from the program. The College may, under some circumstances, provisionally accept students to the program.

Graduation Requirements

Plan B Applied Research Track (33-37 credits)

Indigenous Medium Education Emphasis (37 credits)

  1. Indigenous Language Medium Education (13):
    • KED 620 Fdns Hawn & Indig Medium Ed (3)
    • KED 621 Lng Arts Hwn & Indig Medium Ed (2)
    • KED 623 Soc Stud Hwn & Indig Medium Ed (2)
    • KED 625 Phys Ed Hwn & Indig Medium Ed (1)
    • KED 626 Science Hawn & Indig Medium Ed (2)
    • KED 627 Math in Hawn & Indig Medium Ed (2)
    • KED 628 Arts in Hawn & Indig Medium Ed (1)
  2. Field study (6):
    • KED 642 Hawn & Indig Med Fld Exp I Sem (3)
    • KED 644 Hwn & Indig Med Fld Exp II Sem (3)
  3. KED 630 Res Meth in Indigenous Lang (3)
  4. KED 693 Applied Rsrch in Indigenous Ed (3)
  5. Electives (12): Choose 12 credits from:
    • KHAW 603 Grad Level Hawn Lang (3)
    • KHAW 632 Hawaiian As Second Language (3)
    • KHWS 662 Applied Hawaiian Chant (3)
    • KHWS 663 Traditional Hawn Literature (3)
    • KED 660 Indigenous Culture-based Educ (3)
    • KED 661 Curr Dev Mauli Ola-based Sch (3)
    • KED 662 Indigenous Well-being Thru Edu (3)
  6. Completion of the Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program
    • KED 641 Hawn & Indig Medium Fld Exp I (9) and KED 643 Hawn & Indig Medium Fld Exp II (9)
    • OR both waived upon approved equivalent

Hawaiian Language and Literature Emphasis (33 credits)

  1. Required Courses (33):
    • KHAW 603 Grad Level Hawn Lang (3)
    • KHAW 631 History of Hawaiian Lang & Lit (3)
    • KHAW 654 Advanced Hawn Grammar (3)
    • KHAW 693 Thesis and Proposal Writing (3)
    • KHWS 662 Applied Hawaiian Chant (3)
    • KHWS 663 Traditional Hawn Literature (3)
    • KHWS 664 European Influenced Hawn Lit (3)
    • KHWS 665 Ethnological & Hist Narratives (3)
    • KED 630 Res Meth in Indigenous Lang (3)
    • KED 662 Indigenous Well-being Thru Edu (3)
    • KED 693 Applied Rsrch in Indigenous Ed (3)

Indigenous and Minority Languages Revitalization Emphasis (33 credits)

  1. Core Courses (27):
    • KED 630 Res Meth in Indigenous Lang (3)
    • KED 662 Indigenous Well-being Thru Edu (3)
    • KED 693 Applied Rsrch in Indigenous Ed (3)
    • KIND 641 Advanced Language in Culture I (3)
    • KIND 642 Advanced Lang in Culture II (3)
    • KLIN 601 General Ling in Indig Context (3)
    • KLIN 603 Socioling Analysis Indig Lang (3)
    • KLIN 604 Field Study in Applied Ling I (3)
    • KLIN 605 Field Study in Applied Ling II (3)
  2. Electives (6): Choose 6 Credits from:
    • KIND 601 Language Maintenance and Shift (3)
    • KIND 602 Meth Res Indig Lang Comm Bldg (3)
    • KIND 694 Special Topics in Subject Matter (To Be Arranged)
    • KLIN 694 Special Topics in Subject Matter (To Be Arranged)

Plan A Thesis Track (37-43 credits)

Indigenous Medium Education Emphasis (43 credits)

  1. Indigenous Language Medium Education (13):
    • KED 620 Fdns Hawn & Indig Medium Ed (3)
    • KED 621 Lng Arts Hwn & Indig Medium Ed (2)
    • KED 623 Soc Stud Hwn & Indig Medium Ed (2)
    • KED 625 Phys Ed Hwn & Indig Medium Ed (1)
    • KED 626 Science Hawn & Indig Medium Ed (2)
    • KED 627 Math in Hawn & Indig Medium Ed (2)
    • KED 628 Arts in Hawn & Indig Medium Ed (1)
  2. Field study (6):
    • KED 642 Hawn & Indig Med Fld Exp I Sem (3)
    • KED 644 Hwn & Indig Med Fld Exp II Sem (3)
  3. KED 630 Res Meth in Indigenous Lang (3)
  4. KED 693 Applied Rsrch in Indigenous Ed (3)
  5. Electives (12): Choose 12 credits from:
    • KHAW 603 Grad Level Hawn Lang (3)
    • KHAW 632 Hawaiian As Second Language (3)
    • KHWS 662 Applied Hawaiian Chant (3)
    • KHWS 663 Traditional Hawn Literature (3)
    • KED 660 Indigenous Culture-based Educ (3)
    • KED 661 Curr Dev Mauli Ola-based Sch (3)
    • KED 662 Indigenous Well-being Thru Edu (3)
  6. Completion of the Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program
    • KED 641 Hawn & Indig Medium Fld Exp I (9) and KED 643 Hawn & Indig Medium Fld Exp II (9)
    • OR both waived upon approved equivalent
  7. Minimum 6 credits: KHAW 700 Thesis Research (1-6)

Hawaiian Language and Literature Emphasis (39 credits)

  1. Required Courses (33):
    • KHAW 603 Grad Level Hawn Lang (3)
    • KHAW 631 History of Hawaiian Lang & Lit (3)
    • KHAW 654 Advanced Hawn Grammar (3)
    • KHAW 693 Thesis and Proposal Writing (3)
    • KHWS 662 Applied Hawaiian Chant (3)
    • KHWS 663 Traditional Hawn Literature (3)
    • KHWS 664 European Influenced Hawn Lit (3)
    • KHWS 665 Ethnological & Hist Narratives (3)
    • KED 630 Res Meth in Indigenous Lang (3)
    • KED 662 Indigenous Well-being Thru Edu (3)
    • KED 693 Applied Rsrch in Indigenous Ed (3)
  2. Minimum 6 credits: KHAW 700 Thesis Research (1-6)

Indigenous and Minority Languages Revitalization Emphasis (39 credits)

  1. Core Courses (27):
    • KED 630 Res Meth in Indigenous Lang (3)
    • KED 662 Indigenous Well-being Thru Edu (3)
    • KED 693 Applied Rsrch in Indigenous Ed (3)
    • KIND 641 Advanced Language in Culture I (3)
    • KIND 642 Advanced Lang in Culture II (3)
    • KLIN 601 General Ling in Indig Context (3)
    • KLIN 603 Socioling Analysis Indig Lang (3)
    • KLIN 604 Field Study in Applied Ling I (3)
    • KLIN 605 Field Study in Applied Ling II (3)
  2. Electives (6): Choose 6 Credits From:
    • KIND 601 Language Maintenance and Shift (3)
    • KIND 602 Meth Res Indig Lang Comm Bldg (3)
    • KIND 694 Special Topics in Subject Matter (To Be Arranged)
    • KLIN 694 Special Topics in Subject Matter (To Be Arranged)
  3. Minimum 6 credits: KLIN 700 Thesis Research (1-6)

Notes

  1. At least a 2.0 (B) in each course.
  2. No more than 6 credits of 400-level courses may count towards the Master's degree with the prior approval of the primary advisor, College graduate program chair, and the Graduate Division.