Preschool & Kindegarten Teacher Certification in Hawaii

Jan 02, 2019

Find out how to turn passion for working with children into a career with a license to teach early childhood education in Hawaii. Read about the educational requirements, testing, and the application process to get a feel for what to expect.

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Hawaii is actively looking for teachers interested in working in areas around the state. With a Provisional License, you can put your experience to work and teach early childhood education anywhere in Hawaii.

Hawaii Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Hawaii (2017)* $39,180 (Preschool)
$45,910 (Kindergarten)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Early Childhood Education
Testing Requirements Praxis: Core, Principles of Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood, Education of Young Children

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

The first step for any preschool or kindergarten teacher in Hawaii is to graduate with a degree in early childhood education and to complete an approved, accredited teacher preparation program. There are several programs to choose from. Some programs focus specifically on K-3 while others prepare students to teach K-6. These programs focus on the basics for handling a classroom of young children, instructing students on classroom management strategies and teaching philosophies. Students will complete teaching internships prior to graduation to test the principles they learned in the classroom.

Some courses students will likely take during their early childhood programs include:

  • Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
  • Education in American Society
  • Music, Art, & Creative Movement in Early Childhood Education
  • Child Development

Step 2: Pass All Required Praxis Tests

After finishing the educational requirements, teachers will need to take all appropriate Praxis exams. First, they will take the computer-based Core series, which has three exams: reading, writing, and mathematics. The reading exam consists of 56 multiple-choice questions, which teachers will have 85 minutes to complete; a score of 156 or higher is required. The writing exam is 100 minutes, with a 40-question multiple-choice section and two essays; a score of 162 or higher is required. Finally, the math exam requires a score of 150 or higher and runs 85 minutes for 56 questions.

Next, teachers will take the Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood exam. A score of 157 is required for this 2-hour exam. There are 70 multiple-choice questions to answer, along with 4 constructed-response questions. Finally, teachers will also take the Education of Young Children exam, which requires a score of 160 or higher. This test is 150 minutes and made up of 120 multiple-choice questions and 3 constructed-response questions.

Step 3: Submit the Provisional License Certification Application

When Praxis test scores have been finalized, teachers can begin the certification application process. They will need to use the eHR system available through Hawaii's Department of Education website and pay a $54 fee for licensure. Teachers will need to have their university fill out a Confidential Report on Applicant form, which can also be found online. Finally, teachers will need to pass a background check and get fingerprinted. When all of these steps have been completed, teachers will be eligible for their Provisional License.

Study Resources for Future Early Education Teachers

Praxis exams are important, and there are plenty of online resources for students looking to start studying. Check out the guides below to get a better idea of what to expect on test day.

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