For students who are considering a career in education


“Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.”


What you need to become a qualified teacher

All Hawaii State Department of Education and public charter school teachers, librarians, and counselors must have a license. In order to obtain a teaching license, you will need:

  • A bachelor’s degree in an accredited institution or the equivalent in a non-U.S. institution, AND
  • Completion of a state-approved teacher, counselor education, or librarian program, OR
  • A teaching license from another state/region.


What you can do right now

  • Talk to educators at your school for valuable first-hand information and advice.
  • Volunteer to work with kids. Assist a teacher as an aide, volunteer at a community organization, or take up tutoring.
  • Take education-related courses at your school. Some offer a Health and Human Services pathway that provides the knowledge and skills you'll need for a career in education.
  • Be sure to study hard and keep your grades up! Maximize your experience as a student so you can draw from it as an educator.


Scholarships for education

You can receive financial assistance for earning a postbaccalaureate, professional or bachelor's degree in education in Hawaii. If you commit to teaching in Hawaii, you can receive scholarships that cover half or even your entire tuition!

View this chart for a breakdown of education programs with scholarship opportunities and links to more information.


HSTA Higher Education Benefit

If you are related to an HSTA member, you can take advantage of the HSTA Higher Education Benefit distance learning program. Earn a participating online associate or bachelor degree with absolutely no out-of-pocket costs for tuition, fees, or e-books. The HSTA Higher Education Benefit also waives all application fees and testing requirements. Click to learn more about:


How much does a teacher make?

The starting salary for most teachers is $50,000. The average salary for a teacher is $69,000. The highest salary for a teacher is $110,000. Raises are negotiated in our contract with the state, and have been between 3% and 3.5% each year over the last few years. Other benefits include health insurance and retirement pension.


Useful resources and links


For educators who are looking to apply for a position at a Hawaii public school


Job opportunities

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is the only statewide public school district in the country. It consists of 256 public schools and 37 charter schools with about 180,000 students. There are approximately 22,000 permanent full-time staff, including 13,000 teachers. Anyone who seeks to work for the HIDOE must register with its online eHR system and create a profile. Click here to view the HIDOE’s current job availability and apply for a position.

Each public charter school does its own hiring. If you are interested in working at a public charter school, use this directory to contact the school directly. A list of openings is also available on the Hawaii Public Charter School Commission’s website.


Hawaii Teacher Standards Board

All HIDOE and public charter school teachers, librarians, and counselors must have a license. If no licensed teacher is available, the school may hire an emergency hire teacher. There is a penalty for both the teacher and the administrator if a person is teaching without the proper license or permit.

Visit the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board’s website for more information.


Moving to Hawaii

Relocating is a difficult process, especially if you’re moving to Hawaii. The State of Hawaii’s newcomer’s guide offers information on traveling and shipping, vehicle registration, getting a driver’s license, how to transport your pets, and more.



New Bargaining Unit 05 members are encouraged to join HSTA to ensure a strong contract, influence those who shape critical policy decisions on issues such as testing, evaluation, licensure and funding, tap into a support network for advice and consultation about your rights, take advantage of opportunities to increase your pay through reclassification, and much more.

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