How to Become a PE Teacher in Hawaii

Physical education teachers in Hawaii must complete an educational path and two examinations to test their knowledge. This article details the exams as well as the required education.

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For the 2016-2017 school year, the Hawaii State Department of Education reported that 1,253 new teachers were hired. To become a physical education (PE) teacher in the state of Hawaii, candidates must earn a degree in education and pass the necessary Praxis exams.

Requirements for a PE Teacher in Hawaii

Average Salary for Hawaii Teachers (2016)* $57,370 (Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education);
$57,740 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education);
$58,480 (Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field PE Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Basic Skills; Praxis II Physical Education

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step One: Earn Your Teaching Degree

All prospective physical education teachers in HI must first complete a teacher preparation program. Many of these programs results in a bachelor's degree, though associate's degree and post-bachelor's certificate programs are also available. Because PE teachers are often licensed to work in kindergarten through grade 12 classrooms, PE teacher education programs in Hawaii include courses that cover topics ranging from kinesiology and sports proficiency to k-12 teaching methods and motor development. Some universities require students to earn a minimum of a B- or C in their core classes. Additionally, teacher education students have the opportunity to work in a classroom during their field experience. Fingerprints must be submitted prior to fieldwork so a background check can clear prospective teachers to work with children.

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Step Two: Pass the Basic Skills Exam

The Hawaii State Department of Education requires teachers to take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Basic Skills Test. This is made up of math, reading, and writing subtests. The math section includes 56 multiple-choice questions, which examinees are given 85 minutes to complete. This subtest focuses on algebraic equations, geometric operations, and statistical probability. The reading subtest also takes 85 minutes and is made up of 56 multiple-choice questions regarding finding key ideas and understanding language structure. Finally, the writing subtest takes 100 minutes. It includes 40 multiple-choice questions and two essay questions about text types and purposes. The Hawaii State Department of Education requires future teachers to earn a 150 score on the math portion, a 156 score on the reading, and a 162 on the writing. Some schools may require applicants to take this test as part of the admissions process for a teachers education program.

Step Three: Pass the Subject Knowledge Exam

After receiving the appropriate education, prospective Hawaii PE teachers are required to earn a score of 155 or higher on the Praxis II Physical Education exam. Examinees are given two hours to answer 120 multiple-choice questions on a computer. Student growth, motivation, assessment, and utilizing technology in the classroom are just some of the content covered on this subject knowledge exam.

Step Four: Meet Professional Fitness Requirements

The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board reviews the fitness qualifications of teacher candidates to ensure that children are in safe hands. The board continues to monitor the fitness of teachers throughout the years as well.

Step Five: Submit Application and Pay License Fee

Once prospective teachers have completed the necessary education and passed required tests, they must submit their transcripts and testing results. Then they apply for a Provisional Stage 2 Teacher License. The license can be paid online and costs $54. Teachers can then apply for a standard license after meeting experience requirements.

Helpful Links for Hawaii PE Teachers

There are materials available to assist you with your preparation for the tests required for PE educators in Hawaii.

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