Are you looking to change careers and become a teacher in the Aloha State? Prospective teachers with a bachelor’s degree in another field can enroll in the Hawaii Alternative Program for Shortage Areas. Here is an overview of what to expect.
Program Mission and Overview
The primary goal of this program is to certify non-traditional prospective teachers and fill positions in high-needs subject areas and regions in Hawaii. The program is designed to provide adults with the teaching experience necessary to be successful in the classroom. Candidates will need to teach anywhere between one and three years in order to earn teaching certification.
Eligibility and How to Apply
To be eligible for this program, candidates must:
- Have a bachelor’s degree in another area of study
- Have a GPA of at least 2.7
- Submit a letter of recommendation from a school principal
- Hold a full-time position for at least two semesters teaching relevant subject areas
The cost of the program varies depending on the institution. Financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, and federal or private student loans are available to help prospective teachers finance the program.