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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.

Prerequisites for Admission
Requirements for Teacher Licensure
US Teacher Licensing
International (Pacific and Asia) Program
Hawaii State Standards Information
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- Bachelor's Degree from accredited institution.


- Grade point average of 2.5 or higher


- No D's or F's on the transcript.


- Praxis II: Content Test depending on the major.


- A completed School of Education admissions packet.


- Application for admission into BYUH on file with the Admissions Office


- Acceptance will be based on space available.


* (see approved teaching majors under "Secondary Education")


- Praxis
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Issuance of a teaching certificate or license is the responsibility of each state or country, not the School of Education. 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:
  1. Recommendation from an accredited School of Education (see "Note" below).
  2. A completed application for a teacher license (an application form may be obtained online at https://hawaiiteacherstandardsboard.org/).
  3. Passing scores (which are set by the HTSB) on all required Praxis exams (see Academic Advisor for current information).
Note: In Hawaii, the School of Education 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 Chair of the School of Education.

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 School of Education.

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 Academic Advisor for information).
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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.



StatesDept. of EducationLicensing
AlabamaALAlabama
AlaskaAKAlaska
American SamoaASAmerican Samoa (N/A)
ArizonaAZArizona
ArkansasARArkansas
CaliforniaCACalifornia
ColoradoCOColorado
ConnecticutCTConnecticut
DelawareDEDelaware
District of ColumbiaDCDistrict of Columbia
FloridaFLFlorida
GeorgiaGAGeorgia
GuamGUGuam (N/A)
HawaiiHIHawaii
IdahoIDIdaho
IllinoisILIllinois
IndianaINIndiana
IowaIAIowa
KansasKSKansas
KentuckyKYKentucky
LouisianaLALouisiana
MaineMEMaine
MarylandMDMaryland
MassachusettsMAMassachusetts
MichiganMIMichigan
MinnesotaMNMinnesota
MississippiMSMississippi
MissouriMOMissouri
MontanaMTMontana
NebraskaNENebraska
NevadaNVNevada
New HampshireNHNew Hampshire
New JerseyNJNew Jersey
New MexicoNMNew Mexico
New YorkNYNew York
North CarolinaNCNorth Carolina
North DakotaNDNorth Dakota
Northern Marianas IslandsMPNorthern Marianas Islands (N/A)
OhioOHOhio
OklahomaOKOklahoma
OregonOROregon
PennsylvaniaPAPennsylvania
Puerto RicoPRPuerto Rico (N/A)
Rhode IslandRIRhode Island
South CarolinaSCSouth Carolina
South DakotaSDSouth Dakota
TennesseeTNTennessee
TexasTXTexas
UtahUTUtah
VermontVTVermont
VirginiaVAVirginia
Virgin IslandsVIVirgin Islands
WashingtonWAWashington
West VirginiaWVWest Virginia
WisconsinWIWisconsin
WyomingWYWyoming
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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 Brigham Young University Hawaii School of Education nor the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board license teachers internationally.

CountryDepartment of Education
AustraliaAustralia DOE
ChinaChina DOE
FijiFiji DOE
Hong KongHK Education Bureau
IndonesiaIndonesia DOE
JapanJapan DOE
KiribatiKiribati DOE
MalaysiaMalaysia DOE
MongoliaMongolia DOE
New ZealandNew Zealand DOE
PhilipinesPhilipines DOE
SamoaSamoa DOE
SingaporeSingapore DOE
South KoreaSouth Korea DOE
TaiwanTaiwan DOE
ThailandThailand DOE
TongaTonga DOE
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Content Standards


Hawaii Performance Content Standards
Hawaii Performance Content Standards ('99-'02 version)

Licensing


Hawaii Teacher Standards Board

Employment:


Hawaii job opportunities
you are planning to teach in the US but outside of the Hawaiian Islands please visit the United States Department of Education's Standards web site.
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