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For admission to the RISE, Alternative Program for Shortage Area, and Troops to Teachers alternative teacher licensing programs in Hawaii, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree in any field. Admission to ABC-SE requires completion of a bachelor’s degree and a state-approved teacher education program in a field other than education.
All alternative route applicants must pass the Praxis I Basic Skills exam prior to admission to a program. The appropriate Praxis II exams will be taken after you begin the program.
Most of these alternative licensure programs assume that you have work force experience but not necessarily teaching experience. You will gain teaching experience through the program. Usually you must obtain a teaching job before you can begin an alternative licensure program. You will work as a teacher for one to three years while attending classes and will become licensed at the end of the program.
The Alternative Program for Shortage Area (E) requires a minimum of two semesters of full-time teaching under the Hawaii Department of Education in the area in which you wish to become licensed prior to admission to the program.
Criminal History Background Check
A criminal history background check is not necessary for admission to Hawaii alternative teacher licensure programs. However, you will need to pass such a check before a Hawaii school system will hire you. Information on this process will be provided to you by the school district at the time of hire. This background check may involve fingerprinting. Instructions will be given to you on how to proceed.
Click here for a listing of public schools in Hawaii. For more information on alternative paths to teacher licensure in Hawaii, contact the National Center for Alternative Certification or the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.