Hawaii Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to education programs 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 advancement in an established teacher career. For useful information on teaching degrees in Hawaii, take a look at our lists of top-rated teaching programs and our table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs below. 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.

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For not-for-profit schools with teacher degree programs.

Comparison of Hawaii Schools with 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 Alabama Department of Education (Hawaii DOE) 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.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2018-2019 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education reports under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our Hawaii traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.

Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, 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).

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?5Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment7Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers7Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate7Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment7Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers7Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate7Net Price1
Brigham Young University-HawaiiNo403568%1010N.Av.$13,998
Chaminade University of HonoluluYes2526372%$24,933
Hawaii Pacific UniversityNo233N.Av.4310N.Av.$29,827
Leeward Community CollegeNo1124772%$8,010
University of Hawaii-HiloNo242471%$13,969
University of Hawaii at ManoaNo49411391%25312891%$15,193
University of Hawaii-West OahuYes22030100%$14,351

  • — indicates none or not applicable.
  • N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Hawaii

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2022

  • University of Hawaii-Manoa (#80 tie)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Master’s in Education Programs 2022

  • Chaminade University of Honolulu (#242-321)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (#242-321)

Select Hawaii Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Chaminade University of Honolulu is currently the only Catholic institution of higher education in the state of Hawaii. The educational offerings are housed within the Chaminade School of Education & Behavioral Sciences, which confers the following education degrees: Associate of Science (AS) in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Elementary Education, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Education (MEd), a Doctor of Education (EdD), and certificates in Montessori Education at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Chaminade also offers online bachelor’s degree programs in Early Childhood Education (with a track devoted to teaching native Micronesian students), Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education. The College’s Education Field Services assists students in ensuring they have all proper documentation on file before placing them in both public and private schools to complete pre-service experiences.

University of Hawaii at Manoa

The University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH Manoa) is the largest and oldest institution within the University of Hawaii system and home to a College of Education that currently serves over 1,800 students. 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 undergraduate degrees in Early, Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education, as well as combination degrees such as Elementary Education and Multilingual Learning. It also offers 10 graduate degrees, four doctoral degrees, and a variety of certificates. Select classes are offered via online instruction. In addition to teacher education, students can also prepare for careers in Educational Psychology, Education Administration, and Learning Design & Technology.

Schools with Associate Degrees in Education

While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate’s degree can be the first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.

Chaminade University of Honolulu*
3140 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816-1578
(808) 735-4711

Hawaii Community College
1175 Manono St
Hilo, HI 96720-5096
(808) 934-2500

Honolulu Community College
874 Dillingham Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96817-4598
(808) 845-9211

Kapiolani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Rd
Honolulu, HI 96816-4496
(808) 734-9000

Kauai Community College
3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy
Lihue, HI 96766-9500
(808) 245-8311

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

University of Hawaii Maui College
310 W Kaahumanu Ave
Kahului, HI 96732-1617
(808) 984-3500

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2021.
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP): https://aaqep.org/accredited-programs
7. US Department of Education 2020 Title II Report: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx