Applications are open for the 2019 Teacher Education Program starting in April. An expression of interest Form is available under 'admissions' and 'how to apply'. For more information contact Ikaika Jenks-Pua'a at


Teacher Certification

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Scheduled Teacher Programs
Applications for 2019 is now OPEN. Prospective students may submit an expression of interest at any time using the 'Admission tab', 'how to apply'.
The teacher education programs are scheduled for 2019, 2020, and April 2021. Each program provides scholarships for 20 students including textbooks and some travel for residential. Students will also be required to work with Native Hawaiian `Äina-Based community programs throughout the program. The program is for applicants that live in the State of Hawai'i. Priority is given to those currently working in a school with Hawaiian children. Attendance for a weekend at the start of each term is required for successful applicants as is the completion of Praxis requirements (if you do not have a degree in the field of teaching). 
The teacher certification program is an 18 month, 31.5 credit point (secondary), course of study with a blend of residential, online, and field-based work. The elementary program is 32 credits and 2-years duration. Kaho`iwai has Hawai`i State approval to deliver teacher education programs with a focus on grades 6-12 in the areas of Math, English, Science, Social Studies and Hawaiian Studies and K-6.
The program is a hybrid in which students meet for a residential period and then complete requirements using an online learning system. The program has the capacity to undertake this type of approach using information technology resources and instructors with significant experience in computer-based training, distance, and online programs. 
Candidates in the program may be awarded a full-tuition scholarship base on acceptance of program requirements.
Residential Seminars
The program content is delivered across six (eight for elementary) terms with residential components that occur during weekends and breaks. Each two-day residential scaffolds learning in the content areas and develops the online and field-based content to be completed in that term.
Resources and Reference Materials
Course texts are used to inform teacher candidates about key concepts and issues related to each topic. All course reference materials are distributed during the residential seminars. These resources, combined with the online tools, provide the foundation knowledge in each course.
Field Experiences
Field experiences provide an opportunity for the application of course content. It is designed to integrate theory to practice and formally reflect on the process and content of teaching. It also allows for mentoring throughout the experience. The field experiences will integrate content from co-requisites for each term. Each field experience is supported by an experienced classroom teacher and the program supervisor. The mentor teacher will provide classroom counseling and advice, and provide structured feedback through regular conferencing.
Online Participation
Each course is supported by online learning throughout the term. This tool supports instruction following the residential and provides opportunities for discussion, collaboration, networking, and feedback with others in the program.
All program assessments have been developed to ensure students meet the requirements of the ten Hawai`i Teacher Professional Standards.