How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Hawaii

Jan 02, 2019

Readers can learn about the special course required for substitute teacher applicants in the state of Hawaii, as well as other educational stipulations and the required background check.

In Hawaii, districts will accept substitute teachers who have a bachelor's degree in something other than education, but they prefer those who have completed an accredited teacher preparation program. Once accepted, substitute teachers are supervised by the school principal.

Certification Requirements for Hawaii Substitute Teachers

Average Salary for Hawaii Substitute Teachers (2016)* $42,960
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Any
Testing Requirements Substitute Teacher Course Exam

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step One: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

The state of Hawaii prioritizes substitute teacher applicants who have a degree in elementary or secondary education, as they have had experience in a teacher preparation program. These professionals are also paid more per day of substitute teaching. However, as long as a candidate holds a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, he or she will also be considered for a substitute teacher position. Hawaii has no other specifications for what field this previous education should focus on, especially because substitutes typically teach outside of their field. The transcripts to prove this education will be submitted by the candidate when they apply to substitute teach at a school.

Step Two: Get on a School's Preferred List

Applicants must prepare a resume and transcripts for a school administration to review. The school principal, vice principal, or other administrative staff, will determine whether or not to add the applicant to a preferred list of accepted substitute teacher candidates. The administration decision is based on the need for substitutes, the candidate's academic history, and a face-to-face interview. If an individual is accepted, the hiring administrator will provide an approval notice that will allow the candidate to move on to the next step and register for the substitute teacher course.

Step Three: Pass the Substitute Teacher Course

After receiving a signed approval notice, Hawaii substitute teacher candidates will enroll in 30 hours of educator training. Often taught online, this seven-week class begins with a video orientation and consists of reading and writing assignments. There is a non-refundable fee that covers enrollment and tuition.

The course ends with a written exam that substitute teacher applicants take in person at a specified time and location. Test-takers are required to bring a picture ID, social security card, and a writing utensil. Completion of the course does not guarantee a teaching position, but those who pass the course are awarded the Substitute Teacher Course Completion Certificate. This certificate is valid for five years.

Step Four: Fill Out a Substitute Teacher Application

After passing the course, those interested in becoming a substitute teacher must take their course certificate, official transcripts, social security card, and proof of tuberculosis test clearance back to the school where they were placed on the preferred list. Candidates will submit these documents to the school, in addition to a completed substitute application.

Step Five: Complete the Employee Background Check

Once the school has accepted applications and submitted employment documents for substitute teacher applicants, applicants are required to submit their fingerprints through the school's district office. They must provide an identification and social security card at their designated appointment time. A state-level and a nation-wide background check will be run to ensure anyone working alone with students does not have a criminal record that makes it unsafe for them to do so. The process can take anywhere from two days to two months.

Link to Assist Future Hawaii Substitute Teachers

The link below offers a broad overview of the education and job opportunities available to substitute teachers across the United States.

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