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Hawaii Teaching Certificate Programs

Below you’ll find a few of our favorite graduate teaching certificate programs available from schools in Hawaii designed specifically for current teachers interested in adding additional field endorsements.

If you’re looking for initial teacher certification programs, check out either our list of Bachelors in Education Programs or Hawaii Alternative Certification Programs.

Earning an add-on certificate to your current Hawaii teaching certification can take your teaching career on a new path and, in many cases, help alleviate an identified teacher shortage area. In Hawaii, pursuing an additional teaching certification in a teacher shortage area is particularly significant and impactful. Due to the state’s severe teacher shortage, Hawaii classrooms had to turn to more than 1,000 emergency hires and long-term substitutes to simply satisfy the large number of vacancies during the 2018-19 school year.

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As of the 2020-2021 academic year, the U.S. Department of Education identified the following teacher shortage areas in Hawaii:

  • Mathematics 6-12
  • Science 6-12
  • Language Art/English 6-12
  • World Languages 6-12
  • English as a Second Language
  • World Languages, Hawaiian Immersion K-12

Hawaii Teacher Certification Options

You can add another certification to your current Hawaii teaching certificate in one of two ways:

  • If you already hold a bachelor’s degree and an initial teaching certification in Hawaii, you can complete a Master’s in Education degree and earn an add-on certificate in the process.
  • As a currently practicing Hawaii educator, you can also earn add-on certification without the time and expense of a master’s degree by going for a post-bachelor’s graduate teaching certificate program.

Schools in Hawaii Offering Add-On Teaching Certification Programs

You’ll find a nice variety of master’s degree programs with add-on teacher certification programs in Hawaii, many of which are offered in convenient online formats for busy, working educators.

For example, University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Education offers an online MA in Special Education with a Deaf and Hard of Hearing emphasis for current Hawaii educators who want to pursue a second certification specializing in deaf/hard of hearing. Alternatively, you can earn an MEd in Special Education, Literacy Specialist as well as a general Literacy Specialist MEd in Curriculum Studies.

Hawaii Pacific University’s MEd program in Secondary Education is also aimed at practicing teachers who want to earn an add-on certification in one of the following content areas in grades 6-12:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • World Languages