Certificate Program

Graduate Alternative Pathway/Elementary Education Certificate

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Format: Online Campus Online & Campus Not Available

The Alternative Pathway/Elementary Education Certificate helps build you as an educator, so you can set up children for success.  If you have six months previous teaching experience and an undergraduate degree, you will be educationally prepared to obtain your Hawaii teaching license with the completion of this program.  The certificate aims to expand upon your existing skills and knowledge to help you become a more confident teacher. A blend of relevant coursework, field experiences and student teaching gives you what you need to be effective in an elementary classroom.

At first, you’ll be assessed on necessary effective teaching skills through a pre-assessment course to make sure the accelerated program is the right fit for you. The focus includes strategies to determine teaching readiness and provide the necessary support to greater develop teaching effectiveness at the elementary level. Toward the end of the program, your skills will be tested with a Teacher Performance Assessment, which is required to successfully finish and receive licensure. Once done, you’ll be able to usher kids into the first stages of their education as a fully licensed education professional.

The certificate program is intended for you if you have prior teaching experience and are seeking preparation for teaching licensure in Hawaii.

Alternative Pathway/Elementary Education Certificate (Graduate)

The Graduate Alternative Pathway/Elementary Education Certificate requires a minimum of 17 credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.

The Alternative Pathway/Elementary Certificate is a certificate program intended for students with prior teaching experience for the elementary teacher license in Hawaii. The program includes a clinical component requiring student teaching above and beyond program coursework. As state licensure requirements may change frequently, students must contact the Hawaii Department of Education to verify current requirements to become a licensed teacher. There may be additional qualifications and/or disqualifications applicable in order to work as a teacher with any local, state or federal entity.

While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative. 

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