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Certification and Licensure

To qualify for a teaching position with the Hawaii Department of Education, individuals must have earned a bachelor’s degree and completed a State Approved Teacher Education Program from a regionally accredited college/university which includes student teaching in an elementary through high school setting. Other ways in which you may qualify is if you:

  • completed a state approved alternative licensure program
  • have a standard license and have taught under that license for three out of the last seven years in the state that issued the license
  • completed a teacher education program in another country for which transcripts have been evaluated by an acceptable foreign credential evaluation service

If you do not meet the above qualifications, you do not qualify as a certified teacher, school counselor or school librarian.  

All teachers are required (by state law) to hold a teaching license or permit prior to teaching in a Hawaii public school. You can obtain your Hawaii Teaching License through the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board. They are a separate entity from us, so please submit documents to HTSB and to the Hawaii Department of Education.

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, you must complete the requirements listed with the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.