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Earn your Hawai’i teacher certification with Teach Away

Teach Away’s nationally accredited alternative teacher certification program trains confident, compassionate teachers through our comprehensive licensure program.

We care about the future of education. That’s why we’re breaking down the barriers of time and money without sacrificing quality or competence to get passionate teachers like you a Hawai’i teaching license and the job opportunities you need so you can start teaching this school year!

Why choose Teach Away’s online Teacher Certification Program?

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It’s the fast and affordable way to become a teacher

Ditch high on-campus costs and arrive at your classroom early. This fast-track alternative certification program can be completed in as few as nine months and is the most affordable pathway to the classroom.

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Complete your online teacher certification your way

TCP’s core curriculum is delivered online and on a part-time basis, so you can complete the majority of the program from anywhere in the world alongside your current schedule.

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Learn from teaching experts in a constructive learning environment

This AAQEP accredited teaching program provides you with small class sizes, an innovative learning environment, authentic teacher-student engagement, and expert instruction that will prepare you for your very own classroom.

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We’ll help you get a teaching job right from graduation

As an exclusive recruitment partner of the Hawai’i State Department of Education, once you’ve earned your Hawai’i teaching license, Teach Away provides you with access to job opportunities in Hawai’i and beyond.

Over 150 teaching jobs in Hawaii.
TCP is AAQEP accredited.

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US Military discounts available.


“All of the TCP staff were great from start to finish. My online professor and placement coordinators were always available and provided encouraging feedback that helped me to improve. I loved completing my clinical placement as an emergency hire in Hawai’i and, while it was a little scary, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Matyas K.

TCP Graduate – Hawai’i U.S.A

“This whole process has been amazing from start to finish. Teach Away was incredible at staying in touch with me and supporting me as I applied, answering all of my questions and guiding me along the way. As a part of a military community in Hawai’i, I am beyond grateful for this opportunity.”

Sami C.

Teacher Candidate – Hawai’i, U.S.A

“I have been very pleased with [TCP]. I have found the education enlightening and relevant. The online platform is user-friendly and the staff is kind, professional, and available. I am thankful that I found their brochure when I was searching for a credential program.”

Lacey B.

TCP Graduate – Hawai’i U.S.A

“The Teach Away program has made a huge difference in my confidence in teaching and I am so grateful that I found it! I am very much loving my teaching job! I feel like it is my dream job.”

Kaitlyn S.

TCP Graduate – Hawai’i U.S.A

“I worked in public policy and law prior to enrolling in Teach Away’s program, but I am happy I decided to pursue the online course in order to earn my high school English teaching certification. I live in Hawai’i where I will continue my teaching career and, since the course was entirely online, I was able to study and submit my work easily in the friendly confines of my home office. This was particularly welcome since I enrolled in the program during the Covid pandemic, and feel that – all things considered – it was the best use of my time to retrain and refocus during a difficult time.“

Scott P.

TCP Graduate – Hawai’i U.S.A

“Attending the Hawai’i State, “It’s Great To Be a Teacher” virtual event made it easy to meet up with TeachAway representatives Autumn and Irma. Autumn answered all of my, “but what about” questions in a breakout session. Irma’s overall informative presentation outlined the program including an opportunity to submit a simple online form showing interest in a Pathway to Licensure Hawai’i TCP $1,000 scholarship. A follow-up email outlined step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions to submit qualifying documents to become a Teacher candidate. As a non-licensed experienced educator seeking my teaching license, TeachAway offers this great opportunity, I am thankful for being chosen for the scholarship. I’m excited to get started!”

Cynthia L.

Teacher Candidate – Hawai’i U.S.A

Your steps to teacher certification in Hawai’i are easy.

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Submit your online application, anytime.

As long as you are eligible to work in the U.S. and hold a Bachelor’s degree in any subject, you can submit your online application at any time.

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Make enrollment seamless with an admissions advisor.

Get expert guidance from one of our seasoned admissions specialists to make the enrollment process much smoother. From cohort selection to submission of final documents, we’re here to help you every step of the way.

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Complete TCP Core and Clinical Placement

In as little as 7 months, you’ll work through the Teacher Certification Program in your chosen stream. The TCP Core curriculum is online and takes an average of 15 hours per week. Your three-month (450 hours) clinical placement can be completed concurrently with or upon completion of TCP Core. There is also the opportunity to complete your clinical placement as an emergency hire in Hawai’i, please inquire!

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Find a teaching job you love.

As a certified teacher, you’ll have access to jobs throughout the state of Hawai’i with Teach Away’s teacher job board.

Where could you be hired?

Upon successful 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.

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Who is our Hawai’i 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 who is ready to jump-start their career in education.

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Career Changers

Career professionals looking for a big change, who 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 U.S. or abroad.

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Veterans, Active Duty members, and spouses seeking to obtain a teaching license through a fast, flexible, affordable pathway. Contact us to learn about our military discount

Meet Our Hawai’i Teacher Certification Program Team

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


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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Dr. Steve Francis, Ed.D. Curriculum & Instruction


TCP students will work under the guidance of Dr. Steve Francis. In addition to an impressive career in online and in-person education, Dr. Francis also holds a Master of Education and Bachelor of Education.

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Irma Berardi, B.Ed, Certified Secondary Teacher


Irma is working closely with the TCP team on everything from ensuring a smooth admissions application process through to your learning experience within the program. She is also here to support student success and connect you with career options post-graduation.

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Layla Warsame, B.Ed, Certified Secondary Teacher


Layla is our lead Admissions Advisor for TCP and she is happy to assist you from the first advisement call to completing your application into admission to TCP. She is the main point of contact through to enrollment.

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Autumn Talebi, B.Ed., edTPA Specialist


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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Jenny Bard, Ed. M School Building Leadership, M.Ed Special Education


As a National Board Certified Teacher, Jenny brings over a decade of experience teaching and leading education in the K-12 setting of public and charter schools throughout the United States. TCP Students will be observed and guided through their 450 hours of Clinical Placement in Hawai’i by Jenny.

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Dr. LaToya Thomas-Dixon, M.Ed.


Roshondra Sipp, MS.Ed.


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Jilliane Steelman, MA in Special Education


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


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. While much has changed in international education, one thing that remains consistent is our mission to solve the global teacher shortage with amazing teachers.

But not all things are created equally. We understand that addressing teacher certification and employment in the United States 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. All components of TCP must be completed with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to graduate.

The six months of part-time studies consist of online, on-demand, and asynchronous lessons. You’ll be placed in a cohort with anywhere from 15-20 fellow TCP students as well as an online mentor, giving you the opportunity to connect during weekly lessons. Each week you should be able to dedicate a min. 15-20 hours to your submissions, assignments, and discussions as you will be expected to meet deadlines and due dates.

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. Teach Away has developed a clinical experience that not only meets state requirements, but that will go above and beyond to prepare you for the classroom.  
Clinical Placement requirements:

  • Clinical Placement in a Hawai’i classroom (12 weeks/450 hours) that will include weekly logbook assignments, formal and informal observations of teaching
  • Hawai’ian History, Culture & Language (Online module/ 10 hours) – To be completed prior to Clinical Placement
  • Passing score on a Praxis II Subject Knowledge test aligned to your teaching licensure field – To be completed prior to Clinical Placement

Frequently Asked Questions

Before you can land a job as a teacher in a public school in the U.S. 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 Teacher Standards Board (HTSB). 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 the Hawai’i teacher certification through an alternative route.

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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. through alternative means, including online state-approved teacher preparation programs.

Online teacher certification is also increasingly growing in popularity among U.S. 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 a U.S. 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 U.S. teaching credential in order to teach in the U.S. 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 U.S.

Teaching candidates who hold a U.S. 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.

TCP is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Accreditation signifies that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to continue to do so. In order to achieve accredited status, a program must demonstrate that it meets all four AAQEP standards and their associated aspects. You can learn more about accreditation on the Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) website. TCP has also been approved as a state-approved educator preparation program by the Hawai’i Teacher Standards Board (HTSB).

The application process is simple. Just fill out the application information on our website and one of our Course Advisors will be in touch with you within a few days. In the meantime, we’ll email you some more information about teacher certification and the documents you will need to collect and submit for admissions review.

The program can be completed in as few as nine months but you have up to two years to complete the program and all requirements in their entirety. You must complete all components of TCP with a 3.0 GPA to graduate.

Teach Away’s Teacher Certification Program Hawai’i will qualify you to teach Secondary Education, grades 6-12 in the state of Hawai’i. The licensure fields you may select through this program are Secondary Science (grades 6-12), Secondary Math (grades 6-12), Secondary English (grades 6-12), TESOL (grades K-6), and TESOL (grades 6-12).

The online component (TCP Core) includes online coursework and field experiences. Over the course of six months, you will work through 360 hours of coursework broken down over four core modules. Each module contains anywhere from 4-8 lessons released weekly which our advisors encourage you to dedicate anywhere from 15-20 hours per week to. The online coursework includes research and readings, video observations and submissions, discussions, and weekly assessments and evaluations. The field experiences are designed to enhance understanding and encourage the application of core work competencies. TCP Core must be completed over a six month period and is delivered 100% online.

TCP’s Hawai’i Teacher Preparation Coordinator will support you in securing either a student teaching placement in an experienced teacher’s classroom or provide the steps for you to be placed in the applicant pool to find a full-time teaching position under an emergency hire permit to meet the state’s requirement of 450-hours of placement in a classroom. The Hawai’i Preparation Coordinator will help you in deciding which route is best for you depending on your timing and preferences, facilitate in finding you a Cooperative Teacher or School Mentor, and provide tips and ideas for relocation if you are not a Hawai’i resident.

To earn a Provisional or Standard Teaching License you must pass a content test (Praxis II) in at least one of the following areas prior to beginning your Clinical Placement: Mathematics (6-12), Science (6-12), English Language Arts (6-12), Teaching English as a Second, Language (K-12). The test taken must match your licensure field.

 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.

  • Six months of coursework is delivered online, so you can complete the curriculum from anywhere in the world. The clinical placement portion of the program will need to be completed in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. 

*Active duty military and spouses/registered partners may complete their clinical placement in the location in which they are stationed, if approved by the TCP Clinical Placement Supervisor to meet program requirements

We offer Veterans, Active Duty members, and spouse(s) a 5% discount. Thank you for your service!

Yes! Teach Away has several payment options available for you to help you budget for your tuition. Please check with our Admissions Advisors to explore monthly installment plans, up-front payments, and down-payment options to secure your enrollment in the next cohort.

Upon enrolment with our Admissions Team, candidates will fulfill a $500 non-refundable deposit. Due to the online nature of this program, refunds will not be offered once the program commences. Our TCP team is here to support teacher candidates on their journey and every effort is made to help students complete the entire teacher certification program.

A master’s program usually can take anywhere from 2-4 years to complete. An alternative certification program is strictly a pathway to obtaining a teaching license in the state the program is offered. Alternative programs like TCP, can be completed in under one year at a fraction of the cost.

FYI: We’re excited to share an opportunity that Teach Away and Chaminade University have been able to create for you. As a Teach Away TCP graduate, Chaminade local university in Hawai’i will waive up to 12 elective credits in recognition of the coursework and fieldwork that you have already completed with Teach Away’s TCP.  This means you can earn your Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in as little as one year as you only need to complete 18 more credits (that’s 6 three-credit classes)! 

An affordable teacher certification program

Teach Away is committed to providing students a no-interest option to get started on their Teacher Certification right away. Students have the option to enroll in TCP through a variety of payment plan options to help you budget for your tuition payment by selecting the option that works best for you.

Full Tuition

Pay your tuition upfront and save. No loans, no payments, no hassles. 

Monthly Installments

Speak to an Admissions Advisor about available monthly installment plan options that work best for you.

Request a call with a course advisor.