HSTA contract advisory: Education administration credits can now be used towards reclassification

The Hawaii State Teachers Association is pleased to announce we recently came to agreement with the Hawaii Department of Education regarding a pilot program allowing for bargaining unit 05 employees to use education administration credits towards reclassification. 

The agreement reached modifies the following section of the HSTA collective bargaining agreement (contract) for school years 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020.  The modification deletes the words “excluding education administration”  for the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.  The change means teachers may use education administration credits towards reclassification, within the guidelines provided.

The DOE memo about this pilot program can be found here.

The guidelines related to utilizing education administration courses for reclassification can be found here.

Article XX – Salaries, Section L – Professional Development, 4, b.

Page 69 of the HSTA contract

b. Academic credits earned through universities/colleges shall be applicable for reclassification if they are part of coursework requirements for a program of studies leading to an undergraduate or graduate degree, and the course content is in education (*excluding education administration*) and/or in the teacher’s area of preparation and/or in the subject of teaching assignment.

*portion deleted from the contract

The guidelines provide details on the types of courses that qualify for this pilot program as well as the procedures to process the courses for approval and submit for reclassification. It is very important that teachers follow all of the procedures for administration approval, submission of forms and final submission of credits to the reclassification office.  Failure to follow the procedures and/or late submission of credits will result in denial of credits being available for reclassification.