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Hawaii: Teacher Credentialing in Hawaii

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To become a teacher in Hawaii, individuals need to meet the specific goals set out by the Hawaii Teachers Standards Board. This board outlines what the requirements to become a teacher are, how they may be fulfilled, and the administration of the state required certification testing. If you are hoping to become a teacher in private, public, or parochial schools in Hawaii, you will need to meet these specific requirements before you are legally allowed to educate in the state.

Obtaining Education Requirements

The first step in the process is to get an education in education. In short, all students must obtain a bachelor's degree in education (of any specific field of education). You may obtain a higher level of education but a formal, bachelor's level degree in education is the very minimum requirement. In addition to this, the student must also be enrolled in an accredited and approved college or university. If you are unsure if the school you are enrolling in is an accredited school, check the Hawaii Teachers Standards Board for more information.

The state of Hawaii does not require any specific undergraduate hours to be completed, outside of the requirement to obtain a bachelor's degree.

Obtaining Teacher Preparation

The next step in becoming a teacher in Hawaii is to follow a course of study in teacher preparation. This two portion preparation course prepares the student to work in the school and classroom. The first portion of this program is to teach teachers basic skills and knowledge they need to research, create, develop, and implement education curriculum for the classroom. They will learn the on-the-job duties of being a teacher in a traditional classroom.

From here, the teacher will need to actually work within the classroom. To do this, they must enroll in a student teacher program. The program will involve working with a certified teacher within an active classroom. Giving lessons, creating lessons, and working one on one with students is required. In Hawaii, this type of on-the-job study is required through only an approved and accredited teacher preparation course.

Obtaining Testing

The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board requires that all students who have met the above requirements sit for a Basic Skills Test. They administer the Pre Professional Skills Test or PPST. In addition, those who wish to perform in a specific subject area will need to take the Praxis II Subject Tests according to their specific area of expertise.

If you have a bachelor's degree from an accredited school, but you do not have a formal educational degree, you may be able to obtain an alternative certification. This is available to those who meet other requirements and who can successfully pass the certification tests required to be a teacher in Hawaii.

Once you have completed all necessary coursework, preparation, and testing, you can then formally apply for the Hawaii Teachers Certification, which is done through the Hawaii Teachers Standards Board. This process requires a formal application, documentation of meeting the requirements, and an application fee to be paid.

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