How to Become an Elementary School Teacher in Hawaii

Jan 02, 2019

Ongoing professional development opportunities and tips for new teachers are just some of the perks educators can benefit from when they join the Hawaii State Teachers Association. Before you join, however, read through this article. We discuss the elementary education program and Praxis certification exams required of future teachers by the state of Hawaii.

Requirements for Elementary Teachers in Hawaii

Average Salary for Hawaii Elementary Teachers (2016)* $57,370 (Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Elementary Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core); Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step One: Pass the Core Exam

All future Georgia teachers are required to pass the Core Academic Skills for Educators exam, which is made up of three parts. To pass all three subtests, the examinee has to earn a score of 156. The reading portion can take 85 minutes to complete, and it includes 56 multiple-choice questions. Close reading, determining key points, and pointing to similar ideas as those mentioned in the writing are all skills tested during this section. The writing subtest assesses the examinees' ability to build an argument and support it with evidence. It takes 100 minutes to finish and includes 40 multiple-choice questions, as well as two essay questions. The final portion is the math subtest, which can take 85 minutes to complete and is made up of 56 questions on algebra, geometry, and statistics.

Step Two: Complete an Elementary Education Program

To earn a bachelor's degree in elementary education in Hawaii, future teachers are required to enter into a teacher education program. Courses in this program may include educational foundations, child development, educational psychology, and teaching exceptional children. Students are also exposed to classes in teaching elementary math, science, music and social studies. Additionally, students get observation and student teaching opportunities. The observation training provides a chance to take notes and see how a classroom is conducted by an experienced teacher, while the student teaching experience offers a chance to create lessons and guide pupils.

Step Three: Pass the Elementary Education Exam

Near the end of the teacher preparation program, future elementary educators have to pass the Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects exam, which is comprised of reading and language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science sections. The passing score for these areas range from 155 to 159. The reading and language arts portion has 80 multiple-choice questions about literacy development in children, a child's need to sound out words phonetically, and literary analysis. The math subtest includes 50 questions, and it tests the educator's grasp of place values, mathematical operations, algebraic equations, and geometric figures. The social studies section includes 55 questions based on the history and government of the United States, as well as world geography and anthropology. Finally, the science subtest has 50 questions regarding earth science, life processes, and the physical properties of chemicals and other matter.

Links to Help Future Elementary Teachers in Hawaii

Future elementary teachers are expected to pass two standardized tests. The links below may help you prepare for these by providing you with study materials.

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