Aloha mai,Currently Halau Wanana’s teacher education program is in the process of obtaining its accreditation status. The program will be dormant until mid 2013 pending accreditation. Please look over our program information provided below. We would like to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your question or concerns.
Mahalo for your patience and interest,Joe Fraser
Hālau Wānana Teacher Education Program
Halau Wanana is a Hawaiian operated and controlled Indigenous centre for higher education based in Waimea, on Hawaii Island.
Hālau Wānana’s evolution as an Indigenous-serving program and our long-range goal to become an independent Indigenous-serving institution is intricately connected to the Hawaiian-focused charter schools movement. Unlicensed teachers working in these schools form the basis of the teacher program target recruitment, however we will support appropriate candidates with a desire to work within these environments from other sources. The targeted recruitment, program philosophy and curriculum are designed to focus specifically on providing teachers to meet the needs of the Hawaiian focused charter schools.
The teacher education program is an 18 month, 31.5 credit point, course of study with a blend of residential, online and field base work. Hālau Wānana has Hawaii State provisional approval to deliver teacher education program with a focus on grades 7-12 in the areas of Math, English, Science, Social Studies and Hawaiian Studies.
For Information Please Contact:Hālau Wānana
Learning in Hawaiian Contexts
The program graduates candidates with a desire to work in Hawaiian focused charter schools; Candidates who demonstrate the knowledge skills and values to meet the needs of Native Hawaiian children in education.
In particular the program is designed to graduate:
Selection is based on the following admission requirements:
a) Minimum of a Bachelors degree with a major in the field of practice (Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Hawaiian Studies)
b) Completion of State Praxis requirements
c) Completion of interview and writing activities
d) Preference to applicants who are currently employed in Hawaiian Focused Charter schools
Application Deadline: TBA
Tuition for each course:
Fees will be advertised before the start of the program. It is expected that there will be significant opportunity for scholarship.
Teacher Program Specifics
The program content is delivered across six terms with residential components that occur during regular school breaks. Each week long 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 provide 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.
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.