How to Become a Teacher's Aide in Hawaii

To work in a classroom with students in kindergarten through grade 12 in the state of Hawaii, teacher's aides must complete required education or have acceptable test scores.

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Teacher's aides assist the head teacher with classroom management, as well as giving students in any kindergarten through grade 12 classroom individual attention if they require it. If you are interested in becoming a teacher's aide in Hawaii, you can learn about their average salary, degree requirements, and possible standardized testing requirement.

Requirements for Becoming a Teacher's Aide in Hawaii

Average Salary for Hawaii Teacher's Aides (2016)* $28,390 (Teacher Assistants)
Required Degree High School Diploma
Degree Field Any
Testing Requirements Educational Testing Service (EST): ParaPro Assessment

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step One: Complete Your Education or Testing

First and foremost, the Hawaii State Department of Education requires all teacher's aides to hold at least a high school diploma. Individuals will then have to complete forty-eight semester hours in any subject area at a regionally accredited postsecondary institute, earning at least six of those for math and English classes.

Going further with your education and getting an associate of arts or associate of science degree that includes some baccalaureate-level courses is also an option. If you are interested in taking courses related to education, you may be exposed to topics like: the foundations of education, multiculturalism, and diversification. You may even have an opportunity to take part in a field experience, which includes time in a grade-school classroom with an experienced teacher who is a certified Hawaii State Department of Education mentor.

As an alternative to this additional education, you could pay a fee and take the Educational Testing Service's ParaPro Assessment exam. This test is administered by one of ten community schools for adults. Test-takers are allowed two and half hours to complete 90 multiple-choice questions, which are focused on basic skills in math, reading, and writing. Not only does it test your general knowledge, this also ensures you can apply that knowledge in an educational setting. Hawaii requires teacher's aide candidates to earn at least a 459 on this computer-based exam.

Step Two: Submit Fingerprints for Background Check

To enter a classroom, even for a field experience, the Hawaii State Department of Education requires teacher's aides to undergo an extensive background check. Teacher's aides candidates will have to present their identification card and social security card to prove their identity before getting fingerprinted. A private company will collect the fingerprints on a card and submit this to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI will then run a national criminal record check and pass the results on to the college or university the candidate is attending.

Step Three: Become Trained in CPR

In order to react quickly to an emergency situation in a school setting, Hawaii requires its teacher's aides to hold a certification in both CPR and first aid. There are various organizations that offer training courses you can attend to gain this certification.

Link for Future Hawaii Teacher's Aides

Knowing what to expect from the ETS: ParaPro Assessment is half the battle of getting through this standardized test, and the link below is full of helpful information about this test.

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