Post Baccalaureate Licensure Option
Hawaii residents with an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education who desire to teach in the public schools, but do not have an initial teacher license, may apply for admission to the Relevant licensing track in Elementary or Secondary Ed. Once admitted, the individual must complete the requirements as outlined for the chosen teacher licensing program. Not all applicants are accepted.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
- Grade point average of 2.5 or higher
- No D's or F's on the transcript.
- Praxis II: Content Test with a passing score.
- A completed Teacher Education admissions packet.
- Application for admission into BYUH on file with the Admissions office
Issuance of a teaching certificate or license is the responsibility of each state or country, not the Teacher Education Program. Finding, understanding, and meeting the requirements for licensure are the sole responsibility of each student. Currently, the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) requirements that must be met prior to issuance of a Hawaii teaching license to U.S. students include:
- Recommendation from an accredited Teacher Education Program (see "Note" below).
- A completed application for a teacher license (an application form may be obtained online at https://hawaiiteacherstandardsboard.org/).
- Passing scores (which are set by the HTSB) on all required Praxis exams (see Academic Advisor for current information).
Note: In Hawaii, the Teacher Education Program notifies the HTSB, in writing, of all students being "recommended" for teacher licensure. This recommendation is sent once a month as determined by the respective department chair and faculty of the teacher education program (elementary, secondary, special education), with final approval by the program director of the Teacher Education Program.
The decision to "recommend" is based upon the successful completion of all requirements for graduation from the institution and the successful completion of all performance expectations during the professional field experiences. Completion of requirements for graduation from the university does not automatically guarantee that a student will be recommended for a teaching license by the Teacher Education Program.
Upon "recommendation" by the institution and successful completion of the state's requirements, the individual is issued a teaching license by the state, which is required in order to be employed as a public school teacher. This license is transportable to 39 other U.S. states because of reciprocity agreements between these states. The remaining states have their own unique requirements.
It is the responsibility of each student who plans to teach in another state or country to enquire early in their program about the teacher licensing requirements in that country and arrange to meet these additional requirements (see an academic advisor for information).
Teacher licensing within the United States is regulated by state government agencies. 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|