Hiring Priority and Hawaii Licensure

The Department is renewing its commitment to hiring highly qualified teachers in every classroom. This effort aligns with the Department’s 2023-2029 Strategic Plan Priority II: High Quality Educator Workforce in All Schools, and Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) §302A-804, Powers and Duties of the Department.

The Hiring Priority, which is determined at the time of application by the Teacher Recruitment Unit, is as follows:

  1. Certified Teacher, Librarian or Counselor with a Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) License
  2. Certified Teacher, Librarian or Counselor without a HTSB License
  3. Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree (No Teacher, Librarian, or Counselor Preparation Program Completed)  

Please be aware that in order for you to teach in Hawaii’s public schools, you will need to hold a Hawaii teaching license or permit. To obtain your no-cost Hawaii teaching license or permit, you must complete the requirements listed with the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.