Hawaii Teacher License Renewal Requirements

In Hawaii, teachers must complete a combination of verified work experience and approved professional development activities in order to have their license renewed by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board. Schools offering Teaching & Learning degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Renew Teaching Licenses in Hawaii

Teaching license renewal is handled by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board. Teachers must submit evidence that they have met the requirements for renewing their license when applying for a renewal. There are four licenses and three permits that can be renewed in the state of Hawaii. The general requirements for renewal are summarized in the table below.

Education/Experience Required Bachelor's degree (minimum)
Exam Requirements Praxis
Certification Renewal Period Five years (standard license)
Requirements for Renewal Verified work experience
Completion of professional development activities that meet performance standards
Average Salary (2018) $39,560 (preschool teachers in HI)
$36,170 (kindergarten teachers in HI)
$61,240 (elementary school teachers in HI)
$60,900 (middle school teachers in HI)
$60,810 (high school teachers in HI)*
Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026) 8% (high school teachers nationally)*

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Renewable Licenses Information

The renewable licenses in Hawaii are the Standard License, the Standard Limited License in CTE, the Standard Limited Computer Science License and the Advanced License. The Standard License and Standard CTE Licenses are valid for five years while the Advanced License is valid for ten years. Educators may renew their licenses by verifying their work experience through their employer and by completing professional development activities that cover all ten of the Hawaii Teacher Standards (more on these below).

Renewable Permits Information

The renewable permits in Hawaii are the Emergency Hire Permit, the CTE Permit and the Hawaiian Permit. The Emergency Hire Permit is valid for a year and can only be reissued twice. The CTE Permit and Hawaiian Permit are valid for five years and can only be renewed once. The renewal cycles on permits are limited as they are meant for times when the school is unable to find licensed teachers to teach particular areas. As such, the educators who hold these permits may take the time to meet the requirements needed to attain a license or the school will need to find a licensed teacher to fill the post. Permits are renewed through approval by the employing school.

Professional Development Activities

The professional development activities that educators undertake to satisfy the requirements to renew their license must be in line with the ten Hawaii Teacher Standards. These standards and approved professional development activities are:

  • Learning Development - educators may meet this standard by participating in courses, workshops or seminars related to learner development. They can also collaborate with communities to promote learner growth and development.
  • Learning Differences - educators may meet this standard by participating in courses, workshops or conferences that deal with teaching students with exceptional needs. They can also incorporate culture-based lessons into their curriculum.
  • Learning Environments - educators may meet this standard by participating in courses, workshops or seminars that focus on the use of technology to improve teacher performance or student learning. They may also create learning experiences that lead to self-directed learning in their students.
  • Content Knowledge - educators may meet this standard by reading a professional article or book on a specific subject area or developing standards based on the content curriculum.
  • Application of Content - educators may meet this standard by creating a lesson plan that encourages their students to practice critical thinking and collaborative problem solving. They can also participate in workshops, seminars or courses that focus on this area.
  • Assessment - educators may meet this standard by designing assessments that monitor their students' progress or develop instructions that use multiple ways to assess their students' learning.
  • Planning for Instruction - educators may meet this standard by working with educators who have specialized expertise such as librarians or special educators. They can also develop instructions that take each student's learning goal into consideration.
  • Instructional Strategies - educators may meet this standard by monitoring their students' learning progress and modifying their instructions as needed. They can also engage students through the use of learning skills.
  • Professional Learning and Ethical Practice - educators may meet this standard by attending workshops, courses and seminars on this area as well as develop their own professional development plan based on evaluations and feedback.
  • Leadership and Collaboration - educators may meet this standard by serving on a formal education-related committee or serving as a mentor for another teacher.

Educators must present documented evidence of the professional activities they have completed to renew their licenses.

Application Process

Educators can complete the renewal process online by logging into their account on the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board website. This should be done between January and June of the year in which the license will expire. Documents that verify work experience and professional development activities can be uploaded through the online portal as well. Teachers who apply for renewal after June 28, 2019 will not have to pay application, license, or permit fees thanks to a new law. This law will be in effect for at least two years (2021).

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