How to Become an Art Teacher in Hawaii

Discover the path to becoming an art teacher in Hawaii, including specific education and Praxis testing requirements. You can also see details about Hawaii's Standard Teaching Licensing.

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Are you passionate about art and looking to make a career out of your expertise? Considering Hawaii's Department of Education is actively looking for qualified teachers, both residents and non-residents could consider teaching art in the state. Here, we explore the steps needed to become a certified art teacher in the state of Hawaii.

Hawaii Art Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Hawaii (2016)* $57,370 (Elementary); $57,740 (Middle School), $58,480 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's or higher
Degree Field Education or art
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Reading, Writing & Mathematics) & Praxis II: Art Content Knowledge Exam

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Teaching Degree

A bachelor's degree in a education field is required in order to become a certified and licensed art teacher in Hawaii. All applicants must complete a State Approved Teacher Education Program (SATEP) with a focus on the arts, so be sure to choose an accredited program deemed appropriate by the Department of Education. There are multiple programs both in state and outside of Hawaii that fulfill the requirement. All of these programs will eventually require students to pick a track, whether elementary education, middle school education, or secondary education. While the coursework of each program varies slightly, students will be required to complete internships in order to gain experience in the field before graduation. All prospective teachers must have at least 30 credits in the arts.

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Step 2: Complete All Required Testing

In order to qualify for a teaching position, all future teachers should take and pass these exams:

  • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (Passing Score: 156)
  • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (Passing Score: 162)
  • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (Passing Score: 150)
  • Praxis II: Art Content Knowledge Exam

The Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading exam takes 85 minutes to complete. It consists of 56 selected-response questions and one selected-response question that is based on statements and passages. Teaching candidates are allowed 100 minutes to finish the Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing exam. This test is portioned into a selected-response section that shouldn't exceed 40 minutes and two essay sections that have time limits of 30 minutes apiece. There is an 85-minute time limit for the Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics exam. It includes 56 questions in numeric entry and selected-response formats. The Praxis II: Art Content Knowledge exam takes two hours to complete and includes 120 selected-response questions. All tests are computer delivered, and test scores are forwarded to the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board automatically.

Step 3: Get Licensed to Teach

Once a student has met the appropriate education requirements and passed the exams above, the next step is to fill out an application for a Hawaii Teaching License and provide proof of SATEP completion. It will also be necessary to pay licensing fees, submit to a background check and otherwise satisfy professional fitness mandates to qualify for licensure.

If a student is applying without a bachelor's degree in a related field, scores from Praxis exams must also be turned in to the Hawaiian Department of Education. Provisional licenses are awarded first to teachers who have completed all requirements but have yet to complete three years of full-time teaching. Once those three years are completed, teachers are eligible to apply for a standard license. Standard licenses are valid for five years, and once that time is up, renewal can be completed online.

Certification Resources for Hawaii Art Teachers

Below, we've provided some links for those who are interested in pursuing art teacher certifications. The detailed guides are designed to help candidates prepare for future exams.

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