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 lists of top-rated teaching programs, table of accredited, state-approved 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 12 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Hawaii.1
  • 7 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • 5 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 College Values 2019.2
  • No schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020.3
  • 1 school ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019.4
  • 1 school ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019.5
  • 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 & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (#66 tie)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • Chaminade University of Honolulu (#228-299)

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Hawaii

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. Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies. 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 2017-2018 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.?6NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8Licensing Exams Pass Rate8Net Price***1
Brigham Young University-HawaiiYes49%4%411963%$12,155
Chaminade UniversityYes17%2146294%$20,975
Hawaii Pacific UniversityYes198$28,706
University of Hawaii-HiloYes$13,825
University of Hawaii at ManoaNo41%11%17510495%$15,479
University of Hawaii-West OahuYes11%4%2152774%$8,571

*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

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 bachelor’s 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.

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

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

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

Honolulu Community College*
874 Dillingham Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96817-4598
(808) 845-9129

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

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

University of Hawaii at Manoa
2500 Campus Rd
Honolulu, HI 96822-2301
(808) 956-7651

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.

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-best-college-values-college-finder/index.php#Tile
3. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2020 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2019.
4. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
5. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
6. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
7. National Council on Teacher Quality Teacher Preparation Program Review: https://www.nctq.org/review/home
8. US Department of Education 2018 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx