Educators interested in working in Hawaii will need to follow state requirements, including completion of a State Approved Teacher Education Program (SATEP) and passing the state teaching examinations, according to the Hawaii Department of Education. The first step is to choose a SATEP within the state to complete either an education degree or a teacher preparation program. Fortunately, there are many good teaching schools in Hawaii, as referenced by the list below.
The process of earning a Hawaii teaching license begins with choosing a school, and according to national rankings, four of the most significant teaching schools in Hawaii are Brigham Young University in Hawaii, Chaminade University, Hawaii Pacific University, and University of Hawaii at Hilo. All four of these institutions can help candidates earn a Hawaii teacher license by offering undergraduate and graduate programs in a number of education emphases. Learn more about these institutions below, including the type of education-related degree programs each offers.
BYU Hawaii’s School of Education offers programs approved by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board. These can help prepare prospective teachers for a Hawaii teacher license, including elementary education, special education, and a variety of subjects in secondary education. According to the school’s website, BYU Hawaii enrolls approximately 2,500 students each year that represent more than 70 countries across the globe. Students in the education program must meet standards set by the college, as well as the requirements of the Hawaii Department of Education, before they can be recommended for Hawaii teacher certification.
Chaminade University’s teacher preparation programs are approved by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board and feature both undergraduate and graduate degrees in elementary, secondary, and special education. Chaminade’s elementary education program is located at its Honolulu campus. Students that complete the program achieve Hawaii teacher certification for work in K-6 grades, and are qualified to work in other states that participate in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, as well. Small class sizes and a peer-to-peer networks enhance the education experience at Chaminade.
Hawaii Pacific University also offers teacher education programs approved by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board. HPU has been nationally ranked and offers a program that develops professional educators through a combination of pedagogy and practical classroom experience. The School of Education explains that the program offers a unique electronic portfolio-based assessment system and faculty mentors who guide education students in their studies through a personalized approach. Small class sizes and ample field experiences round out this Hawaii teacher education program.
The University of Hawaii at Hilo offers one of the top graduate programs in education in the state. This program features 30 credit hours designed to take educators to the next level of their careers. According to the School of Education, candidates who wish to pursue the program must first earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, graduate with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in that program, and show evidence of eligibility through a current teaching license. Students must also maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout the program to earn a post-baccalaureate degree.