Become a Teacher in Hawaii 

Hawaii Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $49030
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $48700
Teacher Salary vs. State Average: 125%
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15


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To become a certified teacher in Hawaii, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating the site with new information on a regular basis. To stay up-to-date with the latest in teacher certification, please complete the form in the right sidebar.

Certification Requirements

Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015

The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board offers three types of teacher licensure for the state of Hawaii: Standard License, Provisional License and Advanced License. Each type of license is met with a separate set of requirements and is appropriate for a variety of situations. Please visit NTSB’s Licensing & Permits Overview for a comprehensive guide to Hawaii’s teacher certification requirements and information on how to apply.

Master’s Requirements

Did you know that 33 states require teachers to have a master’s degree to stay certified in teaching?

Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.

The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.

Click to learn more about getting your MAT online with USC Rossier School of Education.

Hawaii Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Hawaii, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.

Hawaii Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship. While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers specific to the state of Hawaii, visit our Hawaii Teacher Scholarships page.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Click here for more information about earning your alternative teacher certification in Hawaii.

Hawaii Required Tests

The State of Hawaii’s Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) mandates that all teaching candidates complete and pass the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE Assessment). Completion and passing of the Principles of Teaching and Learning (PLT) Assessment is required for those who have not completed a State Approved Teacher Education Program (SATEP). Additional testing is required for specific content areas and can be found on the Praxis website.


Assessment Required Test(s) Passing Score
Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) CORE: Reading
CORE Writing
CORE: Mathematics
Principles of Teaching and Learning (PLT) PLT: Grades 7-12 157

Hawaii Certification Reciprocity

Hawaii will accept some teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska and Iowa. Contact the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Hawaii Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Hawaii provides differential pay for teachers teaching in high needs schools and for teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Hawaii has no induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $49,030
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $48,700
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Hawaii makes 125% of the salary of the average worker in Hawaii
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Applying for Certification

How to Apply Online


The Hawaii Department of Education online application system provides qualified teaching candidates with access to K-12 job opportunities within the Hawaii Public School system. You must create an account in order to begin the application process.

Hawaii Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Hawaii .

Contact Information

Hawaii Department of Education
1390 Miller Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 586-3230 – Email

Mailing Address:
Hawaii Department of Education
PO Box 2360
Honolulu, Hawaii 96804


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