Find Hawaii Teacher Education and Career Information

Learn About Becoming a Hawaii Teacher

teaching-usa-hawaii-teacherHawaii has established high expectations for its teachers, and it demands accountability in its public school system.

The Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) encourages dedicated, creative collaboration between students, teachers, parents and school administration.

Keep reading to learn about teaching in Hawaii, certification and teacher salaries.

Hawaii Teacher Certification

There are two major requirements to become a teacher in Hawaii:

  • Complete a state-approved teacher education program from an accredited institution
  • Get passing grades on the appropriate PRAXIS exams

To become a Hawaii teacher, you must get a teaching license and go through a structured interview. You are then in a probationary period. Teachers are eligible for tenure after four consecutive semesters of probation. In some cases, teachers can begin teaching without fully meeting some standards, but this employment can only last a maximum of three years, and these teachers can’t be tenured.

If you plan on being a Hawaii teacher, it makes sense to go through full teacher certification. Learn about provisional, standard and advanced teacher licenses by contacting the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.

Or contact an accredited teacher education school to get the training you need to become a teacher in Hawaii. And do keep in mind the convenient online education options that can help you fit teacher training into your busy life.

Secondary School Teacher Salaries and Benefits

Teachers are well-paid in Hawaii, and they work in cities large and small, and in rural communities on every island. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ current Occupational Outlook Handbook, secondary school teachers in Hawaii make a median salary of $57,900.

The benefits are pretty great too: healthcare and retirement, tax deferral programs, flexible spending accounts, you name it. As you can see, teaching in Hawaii can be rewarding both personally and financially.

If you’d like to share your passion and contribute to the success of kids of every age, teaching might be a great career choice.


*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.


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