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Hawaii Teaching Certificate Programs

Below you’ll find a comprehensive listing of the Graduate Teaching Certificate programs available from schools in Hawaii. If you’re looking for initial teacher certification programs, check out either our list of Bachelors in Education Programs or Hawaii Alternative Certification Programs. Most of the programs down below are for people who are already teachers.

Earning an add-on certificate in English as a Second Language (ESL) can prepare you to work with the growing number of non-native English speakers in Hawaii. The Hawaii Department of Education notes that the number of non-native speakers in the fourth grade doubled between 2003 and 2011. According to the U.S. Department of Education, there were eight additional teacher shortage areas in Hawaii for the 2011-2012 school year: computer, English/reading, foreign languages, Hawaiian, mathematics, science, special education, and vocational/technical education. According to the Hawaii Department of Education, the state hires between 1,000 and 2,000 teachers each year. During the 2008-2009 school year, the largest number of teachers was hired to teach math and students with learning disabilities. An add-on certificate in one of these high-need areas can help you obtain or change jobs in Hawaii.

Featured Schools in Hawaii

At Brigham Young University of Hawaii, students can obtain a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The program is designed to prepare teachers both for local teaching opportunities and teaching abroad. During the 2008-2009 school year, about two percent of Hawaii’s new teachers graduated from BYU – Hawaii. Teachers wishing to fulfill Hawaii’s special education needs can enroll in the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where they can earn an advanced certificate in disability and diversity studies and special education. During the 2008-2009 school year, nearly 26 percent of the state’s new teachers graduated from this university. Finally, the University of Phoenix offers an online teaching program in English/Language arts. The university also has a campus in Hawaii, and a little more than three percent of the state’s new teachers for the 2008-2009 school year graduated from this program.