Few places offer the stunning physical beauty and rich cultural diversity of Hawaii. Residents enjoy year-round sunshine and stunning natural landscapes, including waterfalls, volcanoes, and world famous beaches. In addition to its natural beauty, Hawaii has a rich, eclectic history rooted in many cultures, including Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese, Micronesian, European and Native Hawaiian. Just in case that wasn’t enough, Hawaii’s offerings also include a diverse mix of metropolitan attractions, such as museums, operas and innovative cuisine.
While Hawaii certainly offers a great quality of life, the educational system is average, at best. Outcomes for native Hawaiians and Islanders are poor, and Hawaii is facing the challenges of overhauling a failing system. Hawaii won a Race to the Top grant, and since then the state has increased its energies to improve the system for its students. With salaries matching the national average and a higher than average quality of life, Hawaii offers an abundance of opportunities to teachers wishing to make a change in one of the nation’s most beautiful states.
Math Teacher Certification in Hawaii
Math Teaching Qualifications
Hawaii requires certified teachers to hold an undergraduate degree, complete a teacher preparation program and pass a Basic Skills Test. Teachers must pass the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) to meet the Basic Skills Testing requirement as well as the Praxis II: Subject Tests in the appropriate subject area.
Credentials & Exams
There are three types of teaching licenses available in Hawaii:
- The first is the Provisional License, which is available to applicants who have completed a teacher preparation program in Hawaii. The license is valid for three years and is renewable.
- The second type of license is the Standard License, which is available to applicants who either: (a) hold a valid teaching license from another state; (b) hold a degree from another state; or (c) have teaching experience in another state.
- The third type of license is the Advanced License, which is available to teachers who have either completed a graduate degree or received National Board Certification. This license is valid for ten years.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
Hawaii offers two alternative certification routes:
- The first is the Respecialization in Special Education (RISE) licensing program. This program is designed to assist special education teachers who only hold a bachelor’s degree. Through the program, participants obtain a certificate through on-site training. The program is either a one- or two-year commitment, depending on the participant’s experience.
- Hawaii also participates in the Mountain Region Troops to Teachers program, a program for veterans wishing to enter the teaching profession.
Financial Aid for HI Math Teachers
- University of Hawaii Education Scholarships: The University of Hawaii Foundation offers a variety of scholarships available to future teachers.
- Good Ideas Grant Program: Teachers can win grants of up to $3,000 to fund innovative classroom projects.
Math Teaching Degrees in Hawaii
Below we've listed all of the Hawaii math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Hawaii Math Teachers
Hawaii State Department of Education
1390 Miller St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Common Core Standards adopted June 2010; implemented 2013-14. Learn more about math standards for Hawaii here.
Math Teacher Jobs
Teacher Shortages in MathHawaii reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15 in grades 7-12.
Expenditure per Student: $11,569
Hawaii’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $11,569, or 104.5% of the national average. (Source: NEA)