The teacher education program at Brigham Young University–Hawaii primarily prepares elementary and secondary preservice teachers for the public-school classroom and secondarily assists qualified emergency hires for Hawaii teacher licensure.
Teacher education caters to both US and international students. US students often choose to teach in Hawaii or transfer their license in order to teach in another state. International students are encouraged and assisted in placement, completion, and teacher registration ‘licensing’ in their home country.
The teacher education program is accredited as a state-approved teacher education program by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB), the authorized agent of the State of Hawaii Department of Education. Teacher licenses are regulated and issued by the HTSB.
Elementary education students may be recommended to the HTSB for licensure in the following field:
- Elementary Education K-6
Secondary education students may be recommended to the HTSB for licensure in the following fields:
- Art 6-12
- CTE Arts and Communication 6-12
- CTE Business 6-12
- English 6-12
- Health 6-12
- Mathematics 6-12
- Mathematics 6-8
- Music 6-12
- Physical Education 6-12
- Science 6-12
- Social Studies 6-12
- Spanish 6-12
- TESOL 6-12
The decision to recommend for a teaching license is based upon the successful completion of all BYUH teacher education program requirements, including professional field experiences. Graduation from the university does not guarantee a student will be recommended for a teaching license.
Upon recommendation by the BYUH teacher education program and successful completion of the HTSB requirements, the individual is issued a teaching license by the State of Hawaii, which is required in order to be employed as a public school teacher. Reciprocity agreements allow a Hawaii license to be transferred to other U.S. states.
Neither the BYUH teacher education program nor the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board license teachers in other U.S. States. However, reciprocity agreements allow a Hawaii license to be transferred to other U.S. states.
Each state maintains its own requirements for both initial teacher licensing as well as the transfer of a teacher license from one state to another. Please reference the list below for information on teacher licensing within individual states. Because requirements can change, it is important to check with the individual licensure state agency.
|States||Dept. of Education||Licensing|
|American Samoa||AS||American Samoa (N/A)|
|District of Columbia||DC||District of Columbia|
|New Hampshire||NH||New Hampshire|
|New Jersey||NJ||New Jersey|
|New Mexico||NM||New Mexico|
|New York||NY||New York|
|North Carolina||NC||North Carolina|
|North Dakota||ND||North Dakota|
|Northern Marianas Islands||MP||Northern Marianas Islands (N/A)|
|Puerto Rico||PR||Puerto Rico (N/A)|
|Rhode Island||RI||Rhode Island|
|South Carolina||SC||South Carolina|
|South Dakota||SD||South Dakota|
|US Virgin Islands||VI||Virgin Islands|
|West Virginia||WV||West Virginia|
Licensing for countries outside the United States is regulated by national and local government agencies. Please reference the list below for information on teacher licensing, certification and registration for countries outside the United State. Neither the Brigham Young University–Hawaii teacher education program nor the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board license teachers internationally.
|Country||Department of Education|
|China||Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China|
|Fiji||Fiji Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts|
|Hong Kong||HK Education Bureau|
|Kiribati||Kiribati Ministry of Education|
|Mongolia||Mongolia Ministry of Education, Culture, Sciences, and Sports|
|New Zealand||New Zealand DOE|
|Samoa||Samoa Ministry of Education, Sports, and Culture|
|American Samoa||American Samoa Department of Education|
|South Korea||South Korean Ministry of Education|
|Tonga||Tonga Ministry of Education and Training|