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International Teacher Education Program (ITEP)

The International Teacher Education Program (ITEP) provides professional development and educational opportunities for full-time hired teachers, counselors, and administrators in the Church Schools of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

A series of ten BYUH Teacher Education Program courses are offered by senior missionary couples with teacher education expertise. These couples serve as adjunct faculty for the BYUH Teacher Education Program and provide needed instruction in the designated coursework and supervision required in each school.

ITEP students who successfully complete all ten courses receive an ITEP Certificate issued by Brigham Young University–Hawaii.

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ITEP History
About Church Schools
ITEP Missionary: Resources

The following are excerpts from the book ITEP: Celebrating 20 Years in the Pacific 1997-2017 by Jonathan W. Shute. A full PDF copy is available HERE.

ITEP History

Throughout the South Pacific, the coming of missionaries brought great change to the Polynesian people. The London Missionary Society (LMS), Catholic, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were three of the early major churches. Missionaries established schools as a means of educating the island people and teaching Christian doctrine. These three churches are still dominant in the South Pacific today and the schools they started are still some of the best available.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints schools play a major role in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. The church has had a steady growth in membership, and the need for leadership underscores the importance of schools and education for members of the Church.

Initially, missionary couples from the USA were called to teach the students and to staff these schools. However, strong feelings existed that the students would be best taught by local teachers. The preparation of these local teachers varied immensely. Although some were well-trained, about 50% were teaching without formal training in teacher education. At that time, 19 schools were in operation with about 6,000 students.

From 1991 to 1996, great effort was made to resolve the problem of in-service training of teachers in the Church schools. The moving forces in this effort were Jack Johnson, then Associate Vice President of BYU–Hawaii, and Dan Andersen, then Church Education System (CES) Consultant for the Pacific, along with other leaders at CES and BYU–Hawaii. The result of much inspiration and work is the International Teacher Education Program (ITEP). The goal of ITEP is to meet the needs of teacher training and improvement in the South Pacific Church schools.

ITEP was officially organized in 1997 as a partnership among three entities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: (1) BYU–Hawaii Teacher Education Program, (2) Seminary and Institutes Program (S&I), and (3) Missionary Department. The ITEP Program currently operates under the direction of the BYU–Hawaii Teacher Education Program. 

ITEP began with six missionary couples assigned to six schools – two couples in Tonga, two couples in Samoa, one couple in Fiji, and one couple in Kiribati. These professional education missionaries were called to serve as adjunct faculty for the School of Education at BYU–Hawaii. They offered BYU–Hawaii-approved course work and provided supervision for teacher training certification. Eventually, new positions were created for the Church middle schools in Tonga and Sauniatu Primary School in Samoa. Another couple was called to coordinate the work of ITEP missionaries in the schools and, initially, was housed at BYU–Hawaii. This position is now housed at the Church Schools Office in Auckland.



Church Schools help students to deepen their conversion to Jesus Christ and His restored gospel, to qualify for the blessings of the temple, to prepare for missionary and church service, and to build the kingdom of God.

Church Schools provide students with an opportunity to obtain knowledge and skills that will assist them in their future educational and career endeavors.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has supported educational efforts in the Pacific region since the 1850s, with the first schools being established in New Zealand, Tonga, and Samoa.

In 1957 the Pacific Board of Education was established to oversee Pacific Church school budgets, faculty approvals, and school operations. This responsibility moved to the Church Board of Education in 1964.

There are 15 Church Schools currently operating in the Pacific region. School campuses operate in Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, and Tonga, and are supported by a district office located in Auckland, New Zealand.




  • Application to ITEP: PDF | DOCX
  • BYUH Personal Information Change Form: PDF

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