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Hawaii Teacher Certification Exams

Prospective teachers in Hawaii. can use the Praxis exam(s) to receive their certification. Below is a list of Praxis exams 240 can help you pass in Hawaii:

Hawaii Teacher Certification Requirements

To become a teacher in Hawaii, you must complete the follow steps:

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

  • The minimum education requirements for teaching certification in Hawaii vary depending on the type of teacher licensure you seek.
  • Teacher Licensure requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree plus a state-approved teacher education program.

Student Teaching Requirements

  • A Hawaii state-approved education program can set policies for demonstrating proficiency through clinical experience.
  • During this experience, student teachers practice the skills that make good teachers. These include strong verbal and written communication skills, listening skills, teamwork, patience, and planning.

Pass Required Exams

  • All teachers must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exams.
  • Teachers must also pass subject-specific Praxis II exams as they pertain to grade level.

Apply for Certification

  • You can apply for your Hawaii teacher licensure through the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.
  • The first step is to create your HTSB profile. Make sure you complete all of the steps and save them after each section. Click the “submit” button at the end to submit your application.

Apply for Teaching Jobs

  • Once you have your teacher certification you can now start applying for jobs.
  • You can use job boards and search engines like Google to find open teacher positions in your area.

Non-Traditional Paths for Hawaii Teacher Certification

The Alternative Licensing Program (ALP) is designed to validate the teacher performance of current Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) and Hawaii State Public Charter School (HIPCS) employees who do not have but would like to obtain an initial teacher license. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

Have an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Have a minimum of one (1) year of experience in a HIDOE or HIPCS classroom setting. (long-term sub, emergency hire, educational assistant, part-time teacher, etc.) OR have the opportunity to be hired within the HIDOE or HIPCS in a position. (long-term sub, emergency hire, educational assistant, part-time teacher, etc.)

How to Register For the Exams?

You can follow the following steps to register for your teacher certification exams:

  • Identify Your Exams: Determine the specific teacher certification exams you need to take. If you are a part of a certification program you should talk to your program advisor to determine which exams you need to take.
  • Create an Account: Visit the official testing service website and create an account.
  • Select Exam and Date: Login, choose your exam, and select a convenient test date and location.
  • Complete Registration: Follow instructions, provide necessary information, and pay exam fees online.

How To Study for Your Hawaii Teacher Certification Exam(s)

To become a certified teacher you must pass your required exam(s). Luckily, we offer a wide variety of study guides to help you pass your exams and get closer to getting that teacher certificate. Our study guides offer practice questions, video lessons, quizzes and full length practice tests to ensure you are ready come test day! Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the exams and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

How Do I Maintain Teaching Certification in Hawaii?

To renew your Hawaii teacher license, you must log in to the HTSB website and go to your profile. Then click the license/permits tab, followed by the “renew license” button. You can renew your license between January and June of the year in which it expires.

Best Education Schools in Hawaii

  • University of Hawaii–Manoa
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Brigham Young University-Hawaii
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • University of Hawaii-West Oahu
  • University of Hawaii Maui College

Hawaii Teacher Salary Information

The average Public School Teacher salary in Hawaii is $60,783 as of February 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $50,752 and $74,141.

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