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Teacher Certification Program in Hawai'i

Certifying, preparing and empowering you to build tomorrow’s generation through a flexible, affordable, nationally accredited teacher certification program.

Start your teaching career today.

What are the steps to teacher certification?

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Submit your online application.

Are you eligible to work in the US and hold a four-year bachelor’s degree? Submit your initial application at any time!

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Complete your enrolment with an admissions advisor.

The TCP team is here to help guide you through every step of the admissions process, help select your cohort and submit your final documents to get started!

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Complete TCP core and clinical placement

You’ll have six months to complete the online core curriculum at an average of 15 hours a week. Your three-month (450 hour) clinical placement can be completed concurrently with or upon completion of TCP Core. There is also the opportunity to complete your clinical placement through a paid residency in Hawai'i, please inquire!

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Jumpstart your career

As a certified teacher, you’ll have access to jobs throughout the state of Hawai'i as Teach Away is an exclusive recruitment partner of the Hawai'i State Department of Education and leaders in education around the world.

Where could you be hired?

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to apply for a Hawai’i state teaching license and be eligible for jobs throughout the state and beyond.

Taking the next step in your career is even easier once you’re certified as Teach Away is an exclusive recruitment partner of the Hawai’i State Department of Education, connecting teachers with hiring schools throughout the state.

From teacher training to placement, we've got you covered.

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Who is the Teacher Certification Program for?

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Aspiring Teachers

A few years out of college, a recent graduate, or a soon-to-be-graduating student looking to jumpstart your career in education.

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Career Changers

Career professionals outside of education that are aspiring educators with a desire to make a difference. No formal experience in a classroom is necessary.

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Experienced Educators

Educators without a teaching license seeking a formal certification to gain employment as a certified teacher in the US or abroad.

Meet your TCP Team

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Dr. Nikki Wishard, Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

TCP Online Mentor & Instructor

TCP students will work under the guidance of Dr. Nikki Wishard. In addition to an impressive career in education, she also holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master’s in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.

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Irma Berardi, B.Ed., OCT

Recruitment and Admissions Manager

In addition to supporting you through the application and admissions process, Irma can also advise and help you explore a career post-graduation of TCP.

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Autumn Talebi, B.Ed., edTPA Specialist

Preparation Coordinator (Hawai’i-based)

TCP students will be guided and directed through their clinical placement experience in the classroom from their Preparation Coordinator, Autumn Talebi.

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La’Toya Thomas-Dixon, M.Ed.

Subject Matter Expert

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Roshondra Sipp, MS.Ed.

Subject Matter Expert

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Jilliane Steelman, MA in Special Education

Subject Matter Expert

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Dr. Arti Joshi, Ph.D. in Child and Family Studies

Subject Matter Expert

About Teach Away

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We believe no matter how student success is achieved, or what the measure is, there’s one critical factor that will never change - the power of a great teacher.

After over a decade in international education, we’ve learned a thing or two about teacher training, employment, and continuing professional development. One thing that hasn’t changed, our mission to solve the global teacher shortage with amazing teachers.

But not all things are created equally. To address teacher certification and employment in the United States we understand it requires a unique and localized solution, that’s how our Teacher Certification Program was born.

To that end, our vision at Teach Away is to create a world where every student experiences the power of a great teacher through preparing and supporting aspiring teachers from training to employment and beyond.

Course Curriculum

As a student in TCP, you will complete six months (360 hours) of online coursework that focuses on core pedagogical approaches and perspectives, followed by a clinical placement in Hawai’i.

The six months of part-time studies are comprised of online, on-demand and asynchronous lessons. You’ll be placed in a cohort with up to fifteen fellow TCP students as well as an online mentor, giving you the opportunity to connect during real-time weekly lessons.

Field experiences* are also a key part of TCP Core Online, they enable you to speak to experienced educators and visit schools to gain deeper insight into the complexities of pedagogy, the school system, and the workings of the classroom.

Core pedagogical modules

  • Module 1: The Role of a Teacher (4 weeks/60 hours)

  • Module 2: Learner Development and Experiences (6 weeks/90 hours)

  • Module 3: Assessing Student Learning (6 weeks/90 hours)

  • Module 4: Planning for Instruction and Instructional Strategies (8 weeks/120 hours)

*Field experiences are to be completed in Hawai’i

Clinical Placement provides you with an opportunity to bring theory and practice together in a meaningful way. You will learn the complexities of working in a school and being a teacher. The primary focus of your placement is to start your journey in becoming an outstanding teacher.

  • Clinical Placement (12 weeks/450 hours)

  • Hawaiian History, Culture & Language (Online module/ 10 hours) - To be completed prior to licensure

Frequently Asked Questions

Before you can land a job as a teacher in a public school in the US you must first become certified in the state you wish to teach in, this qualification is commonly referred to as a teaching certificate, teaching license, or teaching credential.

In Hawai’i, requirements are set by the Hawai’i State Board of Education. Like all states, teachers are required to hold a bachelor’s degree and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program from an accredited partner in order to qualify for Hawaii teacher certification.

Traditionally, teacher certification or licensure programs are provided in-person by colleges and universities in four-year degree or two-year post-baccalaureate formats. Alternative teacher certification programs, like TCP, are designed for aspiring educators, career changers and experienced educators without a teaching license to earn a teaching credential in a flexible and accelerated course delivery format while having the same learning outcomes of traditional certification or licensure programs.

Online teacher certification, often referred to as alternative teacher certification, provides an expedited pathway to teaching licensure in the US for aspiring teachers who lack an education degree.

Alternative teacher certification was originally designed to prepare non-certified teachers to fill shortages in certain subject areas and geographical locations and to provide entry into the teaching profession for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in any major looking to make a career in teaching.

Online teacher certification is quickly growing as a popular alternative to traditional teacher preparation programs. Unlike traditional teacher training programs, which generally consist of four to five years of full-time, intensive study, online teacher certification programs are easier to fit into a flexible lifestyle.

Becoming a certified US teacher online is particularly popular among working professionals looking to accelerate their transition to teaching in the classroom, as programs can be completed in under a year.

Online teacher certification has now become a common way for teachers to enter the field. Today, one in five new teachers becomes a teacher in the US through alternative means, including online state-approved teacher preparation programs.

Online teacher certification is also increasingly growing in popularity among US citizens working as ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers overseas, who wish to gain employment as a certified teacher upon their return.

Teaching candidates who hold US teaching certification are in high demand at international schools that follow an American curriculum. As a result, you’ll likely qualify for some of the most competitive teaching positions at the world’s top international schools.

Online teaching certification programs, such as Teach Away’s Teacher Certification Program, allow participants to complete their coursework from anywhere in the world, making it an ideal option for aspiring teachers residing overseas looking to obtain a US teaching credential in order to teach in the US or abroad.

Yes! TCP is an approved education preparation program required for a full, regular renewable teaching license. It is not a temporary or alternative license.

Upon completion of the program, candidates are eligible to earn a Hawai’i teaching license that is easily transferable to other parts of the US.

Teaching candidates who hold US teaching certification are in high demand at international schools that follow an American curriculum. As a result, you’ll likely qualify for some of the most competitive teaching positions at the world’s top international schools.

The TCP’s capacity for quality was recognized by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation and is aligned with its standards. TCP has also been approved as a state-approved education preparation program by the State of Hawai'i's Department of Education.

An affordable certification program

Teach Away is partnered with a payment plan provider to give students a no interest option and get started on their Teacher Certification right away. Students have the option to enrol in TCP with a 0% interest payment plan for 6 months and pay in installments.

Full Tuition

Ditch the loan payments and pay your full tuition upfront.

Monthly Installments

Qualify for affordable monthly installments with our payment plan provider.