Teacher Professional Development in Hawaii


The Hawaii Department of Education - http://doe.k12.hi.us/index.php
Hawaii Teachers Standards Board - http://www.htsb.org/

License Qualification Requirements
The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board requires candidates to meet licensure requirements, including:
  1. Completing a State-approved teacher education program from an accredited institution, and
  2. Passing appropriate PRAXIS tests at the State-validated levels.

Note: The Department of Education requires completion of a structured interview with an authorized professional staff interviewer.


Types of Licenses
The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board issues three types of licenses:
1. A non-renewable Provisional License may be granted for no more than three (3) years to an applicant who meets the Provisional License requirements.
2. A renewable Standard License may be granted for five (5) years to an applicant who meets the Standard License requirements.
3. A renewable Advanced License may be granted for five (5) years to an applicant who meets the Advanced License requirements.

Provisional Teaching License Requirements
1. Complete a State Approved Teacher Education Program (SATEP).
2. Pass Hawaii subject area examinations in the field of your SATEP.
OR

· Pass subject area examinations for licensure in the state where you completed your SATEP.
OR
· Complete a major in the field of your SATEP if there is no subject area examination for your licensure area.
3. Meet Professional Fitness requirements.

Standard Teaching License Requirements
1. Complete a State Approved Teacher Education Program (SATEP).
  • EXCEPTION: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certified teachers holding a current, valid out of state teaching license are NOT required to submit proof of a SATEP.
  • EXCEPTION: Teachers with a current, valid out of state teaching license with the Meritorious New Teacher Candidate (MNTC) designation are NOT required to submit proof of a SATEP.
2. Pass basic skills, pedagogy and content knowledge tests.
  • EXCEPTION: If you hold a National Board Professional Teaching Standards Certificate, you do NOT need to take any Praxis Tests.
  • EXCEPTION: If you hold a teaching license with the Meritorious New Teacher Candidate designation you do NOT need to take any Praxis Tests.
  • NOTE: Teachers holding a current, valid out of state license may be able to use out of state licensure tests in lieu of Hawaii Praxis tests.
3. Meet the Professional Fitness requirements.

Advanced Teaching License Requirements
1. Possess a current, valid Standard License from Hawaii or its equivalent in another state.
2. Possess a current, valid National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification;
OR

· Possess a master's, specialist or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in an area relevant to the teaching field for which a license is sought or a field that improves the practice of teaching. You may not use a degree that was used to obtain a Standard License to also obtain an Advanced License.
3. Five (5) years of satisfactory full-time teaching experience completed within eight (8) years of application in the state which issued your Standard License.
4. Meet the Professional Fitness requirements.

"In April 1999, the Comprehensive Needs Assessment Report highlighted the State of Hawaii Department of Education's need for sustained support in terms of time, resources, and professional development for all educators. The Professional Development Support Center (PDSC) creates the Department of Education's vehicle for professional inquiry that institutionalizes best practices in education and standards for educators as well as students. In order for students to achieve, teachers must be competent and qualified to teach, and administrators must be able to organize and lead their schools to support the work of teachers and provide for their growth.

The professional development focus is on providing the professional development support in three areas: Teacher Development, Administrative Development and Systemic Development. PDSC facilitates, on a developmental level, accomplishment of the educational initiatives that are happening in our DOE system as well as initiatives that are happening nationally.

Teacher Development: The purpose of teacher development is to create a quality professional development program that: 1) Encourages potential candidates into the teaching profession.2) Provides support for beginning and in-service teachers in learning and implementing effective research-based strategies that lead to high student achievement in meeting the standards.3) Provides for the development of teacher leaders."

For more information about professional development for Hawaii educators, visit the Hawaii Professional Development Credit Program web site .