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Alternative Licensure Program

The Alternative Licensing Program (ALP) is a 16-week program designed to validate that a candidate's teaching proficiency is at or above the levels of the Teacher Performance and Licensing Standards as outlined by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB). It is expected that candidates will be recommended for licensure with the State of Hawaii at the end of the 16-week semester, with extensions considered on a case-by-case basis.

Prerequisites for Admission

Candidates applying for the Alternative Licensing Program must meet the following requirements:

  • Have an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. 
  • Have at least one full year of teaching experience. 
  • Be employed as a classroom teacher through the Hawaii Department of Education in one of the following positions. 
    • full-time emergency hire
    • long-term substitute 
    • Or have previous experience as a private school teacher in the licensing field 
  • Be highly recommended by their current school principal. 
  • The subject area of the classroom in which the candidate is working must match the licensure being sought.
  • Meet all requirements for BYU–Hawaii admissions. 

Two separate applications are required for the ALP program.

  1. Teacher Education Program
  2. BYU–Hawaii

Teacher Education Program Application

BYU–Hawaii Application

Available on the Apply to Church Schools webpage.

  • A completed application must be received at least one month before semester the applicant will begin. 
  • A completed application must include 
    • BIO / PROFILE.
    • ESSAYS: No formal essays are required. However, applications must include “Applying for Teacher Certification Program” within the text box of the ESSAYS section. 
      • Send to the Teacher Education Program OR directly to BYUH Admissions, attn: Jane HoChing Toluono 
      • This requirement is waived If the applicant previously attended BYUH.

Once enrolled in the Alternative Licensing Program an orientation meeting will be scheduled to review course and program requirements. Assignments include, but are not limited to:

  • Five formal observations by our clinical supervisor.
  • Five formal observations by your school administrator or designee.
  • Weekly session or journal.
  • Midterm evaluation.
  • Final evaluation.

Financial Assistance | Scholarships

ALP students are not eligible for BYUH sponsored scholarship money including academic program scholarships and merit scholarships. Students may utilize financial aid and scholarship monies external to BYUH including federal financial aid and private scholarships.

BYUH Student Benefits

ALP students are not eligible for student benefits specifically provided by Brigham Young University–Hawaii. This includes, but is not limited to housing, scholarship, and medical.

For more information or help with the application process, contact:

Cynthia Chun

June 18, 2019 06:05 AM
Alternative Licensing Coordinator
TEB 124
(808) 675-4768

Melanie Afualo

June 21, 2022 10:05 PM
Teacher Licensing Coordinator
TEB 106A
(808) 675-3885
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