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Hawaii Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to teaching schools in Hawaii provides valuable information for aspiring teachers in the state. There are several colleges and universities that offer degree programs designed to prepare future teachers for a career in the classroom or advance in an established teacher career. For useful information on teaching degrees in Hawaii, take a look at our table of top-rated teaching programs, list of accredited teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. Whether you are fresh out of college or looking to change your current career, this guide should help you find the right program for your individual needs.

Quick Facts

  • There are 11 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Hawaii.1
  • 7 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • 4 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
  • 4 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • No schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2018.2
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Graduate Education Programs in 2018.3
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2018.4
  • 5 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.

*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Hawaii

US News Best Graduate Education Programs 2018

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (#64)

US News Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2018

  • Chaminade University of Honolulu (#224-#291)

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Brigham Young University Hawaii
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

Comparison of Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Hawaii according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Hawaii Department of Education for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2014-2015 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?5NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**6NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**6Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment7Teacher Prep Prog. Completers7Licensing Exams Pass Rate7Net Price***1
Brigham Young University-HawaiiYes49%4%2017100%$12,319
Chaminade UniversityYes17%1919196%$18,660
Hawaii Pacific UniversityYes4713100%$27,245
University of Hawaii-HiloYes23$11,697
University of Hawaii at ManoaNo41%11%798136100%$13,520
University of Hawaii-West OahuYes11%4%17429100%

*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

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University of Hawaii: University of Hawaii is the state’s flagship institution and home to a College of Education that currently serves over 1,500 students while employing over 300 faculty members that engage in active research and instruction. The University of Hawaii is only 15 minutes away from downtown Honolulu at the edge of Manoa. The College of Education has several learning partnerships with Hawaii’s Department of Education including both private and public learning institutions. These partnerships provide students with several opportunities to learn within the real-life environment of the classroom while preparing for their careers as educators. The College of Education offers five undergraduate degrees, 18 graduate degrees, nine doctoral degrees and three certificates. The University of Hawaii is a world leader in distance education and offers several of its classes via online instruction. In addition to becoming teachers, students prepare for careers in counseling, administration, and technology.

Chaminade University of Honolulu: Chaminade is currently the only Catholic institution of higher education in the state of Hawaii. The university was founded in 1955 by the Society of Mary and was originally known as St. Louis Jr. College before being renamed Chaminade. The Marianists are well known for their ideals of inclusiveness and progressive thinking. The educational offerings are housed within the Chaminade Education Division which offers students the following degrees: Associate in Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master in Education. Chaminade also confers a fully accredited online bachelors degree program in teacher education geared towards students seeking their first teaching credentials. The curriculum is liberal arts based and infused with Marianist ideals that are designed to help the student grow educationally, professionally, personally and spiritually.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Hawaii

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Hawaii

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Brigham Young University-Hawaii
55-220 Kulanui St
Laie, HI 96762-1294
(808) 675-3211
www.byuh.edu

Chaminade University of Honolulu
3140 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816-1578
(808) 735-4711
www.chaminade.edu

Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop St
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 544-0200
www.hpu.edu

Honolulu Community College*
874 Dillingham Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96817-4598
(808) 845-9129
www.honolulu.hawaii.edu

Kapiolani Community College*
4303 Diamond Head Rd
Honolulu, HI 96816-4496
(808) 734-9000
www.kapiolani.hawaii.edu

Leeward Community College*
96-045 Ala Ike
Pearl City, HI 96782-3393
(808) 455-0011
www.leeward.hawaii.edu

University of Hawaii at Manoa
2500 Campus Rd
Honolulu, HI 96822-2301
(808) 956-7651
www.manoa.hawaii.edu

An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/
3. 2017 US News Best Graduate Education Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. 2017 US News Best Online Graduate Education Schools: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. National Council on Teacher Quality 2014-2016 Teacher Preparation Program Review: https://www.nctq.org/review/home
7. US Department of Education 2016 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx