The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) does not carry responsibility for certification of school administrators. The Hawaii Department of Education, instead, handles the certification of school administrators. School Level Educational Officers and District/State Educational Officers may be certified.
All applicants for professional school leadership must have at least a master's degree in Educational Administration or Leadership.
Learn more about the graduate school process. Contact schools offering educational administration degree programs in Hawaii.
No examinations are necessary for school leadership licensure in Hawaii. However, because you must have teaching experience, it is assumed that you have already passed the Praxis I Basic Skills Exam and the necessary Praxis II Content Area Exam(s).
As an applicant for professional school leadership positions in Hawaii, you must have at least five years of school experience, with at least three of those years consisting of full-time teaching experience.
A criminal history background check is not necessary for Hawaii educational leadership licensure. However, if you answer "yes" to certain questions regarding professional fitness on the license application form, you may be required to submit to a background check or provide other documentation after your application is reviewed.
Once you are hired by a Hawaii school system, you will need to undergo a criminal history background check. 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.
For more information on educational leadership positions available in Hawaii and on the certification process, contact Educational Officer Recruitment at 808-586-3242.