Hawaii High School Teacher Requirements

May 16, 2018

Find out how to become a high school teacher in the state of Hawaii. Read about the type of licensure required by the state and how to pass all requirements prior to the application process.

Hawaii is actively looking for secondary school teachers in areas including math, English, and science. If teachers are willing to work anywhere in Hawaii, there are many opportunities for those looking to work with secondary-aged students.

Hawaii Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Secondary Teachers in Hawaii (2017)* $59,250
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Core, subject tests

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

Regardless of the subject matter, if a student would one day like to teach at the secondary school level, the student must graduate from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program with a degree in education and their field of choice. For instance, future math teachers would pursue a degree in math education, while future biology teachers would opt for a degree in science education. There are many different preparation programs to choose from, so students should visit Hawaii's Department of Education website to evaluate which program best meets their needs.

Each program will be somewhat different depending on the chosen content area, but all will contain core education classes to help students build their pedagogical foundation. Every student will be expected to complete a teaching internship in addition to courses like:

  • Foundations of Education
  • Human Growth and Learning in Schools
  • Language Across Curriculum
  • Teaching in the Subject Field

Step 2: Pass Required Praxis Tests

Future teachers in Hawaii are evaluated with Praxis exams. All teachers, regardless of content area, need to take the Praxis Core series, which is made up of reading, writing, and math exams. The reading exam requires a score of at least 156, the writing exam requires a score of at least 162, and the math exam requires a score of at least 150. The reading exam is 85 minutes long and consists of 56 multiple-choice questions. The writing test is 100 minutes long, with a 40-minute selected response section and two 30-minute essays. The math Core exam is 85 minutes long and made up of 56 questions including multiple-choice items and fill-in items.

Next, teachers will need to take the appropriate subject exams. The specific exam will depend on the content area the teacher will be working in, from algebra to economics and political science. There is a detailed breakdown of all possible Praxis exams on the Praxis Hawaii website. Teachers should be sure to check with an advisor before signing up for an exam in order to make sure they meet all Praxis requirements.

Step 3: Submit the Certification Application

Finally, teachers will be ready to begin the certification application process. Teachers will use Hawaii's eHR system on the Department of Education's website. Teachers can also get the application through the Teacher Recruitment offices. Teachers will submit a form entitled Confidential Report on Applicant to their university. This form requires a basic evaluation of the teacher's professional work. Teachers will also complete a criminal history record check and get fingerprinted. Once all of these requirements have been met, teachers are eligible to become licensed in the state of Hawaii.

Study Resources for Future Secondary School Teachers

Students can begin studying for future Praxis exams at any time. There are many online resources and guides for future teachers, including guides to the Core exams as well as subject tests.

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