If you’d like to teach in Hawai’i, you’ll need to ensure that you complete an appropriate teacher education program, as well as pass PRAXIS tests at required levels for the certification you desire. Although Hawaii currently does not have a tiered system, the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board has proposed the use of provisional, standard, and advanced licenses.

By following a Hawaii state-approved teacher education program, you’ll be able to get an initial teaching license once you pass the PRAXIS test. Hawai’i also encourages online teacher education, provided that the program meets standards such as regional accreditation. You will also need to be initially licensed as a teacher where the sponsoring institution is located, and then become a Hawaii teacher through licensing reciprocity. If you plan to pursue a teaching license through out-of-state reciprocity, you will need to prove that you hold a valid, un-revoked professional license from that state. That means that you must be a fully licensed teacher, not a provisional or temporary one. In Hawaii, National Board Certification does not replace state licensing, but it is strongly encouraged.

Hawaii has a single, unified school system, so the Department of Education operates all 258 of the state’s schools. Honolulu is easily the state’s largest city, followed by Hilo, Kailua, and Kaneohe. To get a teaching job in Hawaii, you will need to apply to the state’s Department of Education.

Until recently, Hawaii did not require license renewal, however, the state has begun a pilot program for new teachers that requires renewal every five years, and with that renewal, a variety of professional growth activities and experiences. You will design your own professional development plan, which will be approved and implemented over the next few years of your teaching career. The experiences included in your plan can be traditional activities like workshops, in-services and college credit, although Hawaii’s standards board believes that teachers should also have the freedom to seek out alternative activities. These include experiences such as presentations, committees, research, and mentoring that benefit teachers in different ways than traditional development exercises do. These experiences are tallied on a points basis, with a required sixty points per year.

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