Institutional Accreditation

Master of Arts in Teaching Distance Learning Program

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Contact: School of Education Co-Chairs Jan Zulich - (808) 932-7106 and Michele Ebersole (808) 932-7108.

Degree Level: Master's; available to Hawaiʻi residents only

Enrollments Fall 2012-Present: The program began in July 2013 with 28 face-to-face students and one distance student.

Brief History of the MAT as a DL Program: The MAT was conceived as a graduate program to serve aspiring teachers across the state of Hawaii, with courses delivered in a variety of online modes, candidates earning Hawaiʻi licensure during the program, then conducting classroom research while serving as classroom teachers, and presenting their findings in an action research report. The program received WASC approval on May 8, 2012. The revision of the previous postbaccalaureate Teacher Education Program to the Master of Arts in Teaching received approval from the Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board on June 1, 2012. The first cohort began coursework in Summer 2013.

Platforms for Delivery: The first cohort is primarily face-to-face as faculty develop and refine the curriculum in preparation for eventual statewide delivery via online modes. The distance student will participate in class lectures and discussions through realtime distance technology and will access course materials through the UH system's learning management system, Laulima, an adaptation of Sakai.

Integration of Program Students into the Life/Culture of UH Hilo: The first cohort meets on the UH Hilo campus and will participate on on-campus activities. Future cohorts, which will be largely delivered via distance technology, will include on-campus orientation and on-campus colloquia during the second and third semester.

Campus Support for Instructional Technology: UH Hilo's Office of Campus Technology provides a full range of technological services to support programs, as well as faculty workshops during the academic year. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs offers online and one-on-one faculty training in online course development and delivery. The Distance Learning Advisory Committee, comprised of faculty, one IT staff, and the campus DL Coordinator, is charged with examining and recommending "institutional policies and practices for supporting the design, development, implementation and evaluation of distance learning program and course offerings with a focus upon quality and connection to the mission of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo."

The University's Strategic Plan 2011-2015 includes priority actions 3.2 "Upgrade the university’s technology infrastructure including computer laboratories and classrooms, wireless broadband across all areas of the campus, and new technologies to better support student learning, teaching effectiveness, and research"; and 4.5 "Improve higher education access, outreach and support for non-traditional and underserved populations through, but not limited to, select, high-quality distance learning programs island-wide and beyond...."

Student Services and Library Services Available to Program Students: The Division of Student Affairs offers online and on-campus students a full range of services; all offices are accessible by phone and email, and all offices have information-rich webpages. The Mookini Library provides both face-to-face and online assistance to students in use of both print and digital resources.

Faculty Participation in Curriculum Development, Teaching, and Assessment: All Education faculty meet biweekly during the academic year to develop, review, and revise curriculum and to monitor student learning and student success.

Comparability of Online and Face-to-Face Courses: Courses have been developed specifically for the new MAT program. A number are based on long-established courses offered in the Teacher Education Program, which has been replaced by the MAT effective Summer 2013.

Retention and Graduation Rates: Retention and graduation rates will be monitored continuously by program faculty as part of the larger program assessment system.

Program Assessment: Learning Outcomes, Curriculum Map, Assessment Plan, Assessment Results: The MAT program has a fully developed statement of program learning outcomes, curriculum map, and assessment plan. Assessment results will be reviewed by the department faculty regularly to ensure program quality.

Contracts, Memoranda of Agreement with External Organizations: The MAT will continue its well established working relationship with the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education, Public Charter Schools, private schools, and other private primary and secondary institutions on Hawaiʻi Island. The Field Experience Handbook, developed over the decades of teacher candidate placement and training, documents the terms of this relationship.