Obtaining a Hawaii Teaching License

The Department is renewing its commitment to hiring highly qualified licensed 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.

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. In some states, a license is known as your teaching credential or teacher certification. To obtain your no-cost Hawaii teaching license or permit, you must complete the requirements listed with the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.