MMPP Graduate Certificate

Typical Length 1 year

Delivery Hybrid


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HIDOE  HIDOE Funding available

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education, College of Arts, Languages & Letters, and the Hawai’i Department of Education (HIDOE) are partnering to offer the Graduate Certificate in Multilingual Multicultural Professional Practice (MMPP)/ TESOL Licensure FREE to HIDOE Educators. All program costs will be funded by the HIDOE.

A key goal of the MMPP/TESOL Licensure program is to increase the number of Hawaii qualified Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) educators within the Department. This program is a one (1) year, 15 credit, hybrid program starting January 2024.

Students who complete the program will be able to:

  • Critically analyze multilingual and multicultural contexts in Hawaiʻi;
  • Identify needs in the school community, apply practical multilingual/EL strategies, and create solutions and programs; and
  • Evaluate impacts of work with multilingual and multicultural communities to support a flourishing, sustainable, multilingual, and multicultural society.

Students may be eligible to add a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Licensure Add-a-Field to their existing Hawaiʻi state teaching license upon the successful completion of the Multilingual Multicultural Professional Practice Graduate Certificate MMPP. For educators wanting a TESOL Licensure Add-a-Field, they will take the following set of five professional courses below, which are aligned to the TESOL International Association P-12 Teacher Education Program Standards.

Grounded in place-based education, MMPP coursework are also aligned to the Hawai‘i Department of Education Nā Hopena A‘o (HĀ and BREATH, Policy E-3), a Hawai‘i Department of Education “framework of outcomes designed to develop the skills, behaviors and dispositions that are reminiscent of Hawai‘i’s unique context, and to honor the qualities and values of the indigenous language and culture of Hawai‘i.” Nā Hopena A‘o is based on the following BREATH framework: Belonging, Responsibility, Excellence, Aloha, Total Well-being and Hawai‘i.

Learn more about the Multilingual Multicultural Professional Practice (MMPP) Graduate Certificate program.


The TESOL Licensure Add-A-Field serves the growing demand for professionals who interact with multilingual populations, specifically educators, who are administrators, general education teachers, student support personnel (i.e. interventionists, counselors), English Learner (EL) specialists, bilingual or dual language teachers, language immersion teachers, and world language teachers to have the specific knowledge and skills required to work effectively with multilingual multicultural populations.

Admission Requirements
  • Selected by HIDOE to participate in MMPP/TESOL Program.
  • Must have graduated from an accredited, four-year institution of higher education recognized by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), prior to beginning the MMPP/TESOL program.
  • An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended (except for UH System transcripts)
  • A written statement of objectives as part of your application.
  • Your resumé or CV.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
Delivery & Format

The HIDOE MMPP/ TESOL Licensure Add-A-Field hybrid program consists of:

  • Five (5) courses
  • Three (3) semesters – Spring, Summer and Fall 
  • Spring and Fall semesters courses with one weekly 2.5 hour synchronous online session in the evening and asynchronous work. 
  • Two (2) summer semester courses with 3.5 hour online synchronous sessions Monday-Thursday, for six weeks. Courses will be scheduled during the Department’s summer break.  
  • Three (3) in-person full-day Saturday sessions held on UHM campus, which are during the Spring and Fall semester only. All travel costs will be covered for neighbor island educators.
Core Coursework
Course/Seminar/Experience Description
SLS 680U Topics in Second Language Studies: Use-Introduction to Multilingualism Multiculturalism (3 credits)
[TESOL Standards 1, 2 and 5]
Variable topics in special areas of second language studies: (E) second language learning; (N) second language analysis; (P) second language pedagogy; (R) second language research methodology; (U) second language use.

This required core course will address essential knowledge about language, the sociocultural context, and professionalism, as well as Hawaiian Language, culture, and historical aspects that shape our current multilingual and multicultural context. It will address the certificate objectives of identifying problems and needs across disciplines, professions, and orientations, and developing solutions and programs building.

EDCS/SLS 644 Multilingual/ EL Pedagogy (3 credits) [TESOL Standards 1, 2, 3 and 5] Examines practices, theories, research, and perspectives on multilingual/ EL teaching approaches. Topics include culturally and linguistically responsive approaches, collaboration, lesson planning, and adapting materials to promote the growth and development of multilingual/ EL learners.

This required cross-listed course will provide graduates with essential knowledge about language, the sociocultural context for language learning in schools, and effective ways to plan and implement instruction for multilingual and multicultural learners.

EDCS 647C Classroom & School Literacy Assessment: Multilingual (3 credits)
[TESOL Standards 2, 3 & 4]
Advanced use of formative and summative assessments to monitor/lead classroom and school literacy programs. Focuses on diversity, leadership, state/national initiatives, and practical applications in schools or other educational contexts.​

This course is focused on assessment in multilingual contexts. It will provide students with knowledge about the important role of assessment and evaluation in multilingual and multicultural contexts. Participants will learn practical skills on how to effectively assess and evaluate students who are multilingual and be able to critique institutional assessment and evaluation procedures.

EDCS 696 Graduate Certificate Capstone
(3 credits)
[TESOL Standards 2, 3 and 5]
Independent study and/or seminar for students working on a capstone for a graduate certificate.

This course will serve as the capstone class for the graduate certificate during the final semester. Hawaiian language and culture will be foundational as well as a focus on multiple languages. This course will provide an opportunity for educators to experience, plan and apply solutions to multilingual multicultural issues within their professional contexts.


Elective Coursework

Students will take one of the following elective courses that includes language learners in sociocultural Context. The HIDOE MMPP/TESOL Licensure elective course will be EDCS 630. (3 credits)
[TESOL Standard 2]

Course Description
EDCS 630 Cultural Diversity in Education Examines issues, theories, perspectives and practices in multicultural education and promotes awareness, encourages knowledgeable reflection and develops skills necessary for multicultural practitioners.
EDCS 645 Multicultural Literacy Interdisciplinary examination of research and issues in the teaching and learning of literacy in diverse multicultural settings.
EDCS 440 Curriculum Implications for Multicultural Education Examination of trends, issues, school practices, and programs in multicultural education and its related area of study–bilingual-bicultural education.
EDCS 670 Indigenous and Post-colonial perspectives in Education Examination of historical Impacts or U.S. and European imperialism on Indigenous educational communities across the globe. Introduction to contemporary Indigenous efforts towards cultural reclamation and educational sovereignty.
EDCS 671 Contemporary Native Hawaiian Education Explores the landscapes, purposes, successes and challenges of contemporary Native Hawaiian education. Emphasizes educational kīpuka, resurgence, liberation and educational sovereignty. Topics include Hawaiian immersion education, Hawaiian-focused charter schools, ʻāina and community education, and virtual learning.
SLS 618 Language Learning & Technologies A wide range of emerging technologies for language learning and research will be explored. Online/face to-face discussions and hands-on experiential learning are integrated with learners’ goals, best practices, and theoretical foundations.
SLS 630 Second Language Program Development Designing, implementing, and evaluating language programs; systems-based approach to program and curriculum development.
SLS 660 Sociolinguistics and Second Languages Theoretical and applied aspects of language, culture, and society, and research methods in sociolinguistics, as they relate to second and foreign language issues.
LAW 548 Immigration Law A brief overview of historical development of immigration law; analysis of exclusion and deportation grounds and remedies, as well as the study of the legal immigration system of both immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applications and petitions. The course also covers the current law on asylum and refugee applications and US citizenship and naturalization requirements.
LWPA 587 Comparative Law Introduction to the civil law tradition, particularly as exemplified by the legal systems of East and Southeast Asia. After a brief review of comparative law study and the historical development of the civil law, the course will examine the structure and role of the courts, judicial process, the legal profession and constitutional law and administrative law in Western Europe & in Asian civil law countries.
LAW 590R Workshop and Clinics: Child Welfare Clinic Focuses on the issues pertaining to at-risk children and their families. Intended to be multidisciplinary in scope, applying the analytical lenses of the disciplines of law, social work, nursing, and education. Clinical in approach, with students working to make a positive impact on the lives of youth through on-site experiences at selected community programs.

You can view a program schedule showing the sequence of courses you would take for either the Multilingual Multicultural Professional Practice (MMPP) graduate certificate/ TESOL Add-A-Field and the master’s degree.

TESOL Standards Alignment

The TESOL standards are: (1) Knowledge about Language, (2) ELL in the Sociocultural Context, (3) Planning and Implementing Instruction, (4) Assessment and Evaluation, (5) Professionalism and Leadership. TESOL articulates an asset-based approach to working with language learners.You can view how the MMPP Add-A-Field Core Assessments align with TESOL standards

Program Faculty

View a list of program faculty, including their role in the program and areas of specialization.


Our faculty and staff will provide you with guidance and resources to support your success from beginning to end. You will be able to choose or be assigned a faculty advisor to partner with you on your journey.

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Patricia Halagao

Professor, Department & Graduate Chair

(808) 956-9295

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Monica Smith (she/ her/ hers)

Associate Professor/Cohort Coordinator

(808) 956-7877