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Teacher Certification

Post Baccalaureate Certificate of Teaching (PBCT)

Program Description

Kaho`iwai’s Post Baccalaureate Certificate of Teaching (PBCT) program is for candidates who seek to work in Hawaiian-focused charter schools and who demonstrate the knowledge skills and values to meet the needs of Native Hawaiian children in education. Students can elect the secondary (6-12) or elementary (K-6) emphasis.

Program Outcomes

The PBCT seeks to produce graduates who are:

  • Knowledgeable teachers skilled in the use of technology for learning
  • Knowledgeable in Hawaiian values and epistemology, responsive to multicultural student needs
  • Reflective practitioners committed to professionalism, lifelong learning and ethical behavior
  • Student focused, pedagogically sound teachers, able to implement a range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies in order to improve student outcomes
  • Effective communicators who build relationships

Secondary Education Emphasis

Kaho`iwai delivers a 31.5 quarter credit hour Secondary (6-12) program – a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching. This program aims to graduate secondary (6-12) teachers including: include Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, English, and Hawaiian Studies. As a state approved teacher education program, graduates can apply for licensing upon program completion.

Elementary Education Emphasis

The two-year 32 quarter credit hour Elementary Program (including 17 credits of field work and clinical experience) aims to graduate elementary (K-6) teachers. As a state approved teacher education program, graduates can apply for licensing upon program completion.

Program Format

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Teaching is a hybrid program featuring residential, online, and field-based components. Students are required to work with Native Hawaiian `Äina-Based community programs throughout the program. Students meet for a residential period and then complete requirements using an online learning system. Students are required to travel (including inter-island flights and vehicle transport) for six residential weekends Friday midday to Sunday pm) to the Islands of Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawai’i. The residential weekends provide knowledge aligning to State requirements of Hawaiian language, culture, and history. The weekend residential include performative assessments, community service tasks, and formal lessons.

 In-Residence program

The teacher program incorporates five in-residence weekends that supports the development of Hawaiian language, culture, and history. These weekends occur at sites of cultural significance at the start of each term and are conducted on the Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and, Hawaii. Air and ground travel is required and funded by the program. The costs for these activities are incorporated into the grant costs and no fees are charged to students for the in-residence program.

Praxis Requirements

Students who have not earned a degree in teaching are also required to complete an on-ground Praxis requirement. The praxis requirement is a computer-based test delivered by the Educational Testing Services (ETS) that assesses basic skills and subject area competency in accordance with Hawaii Teacher Standards Board requirements. It relates to various teaching fields including Math, English, and Science. Graduates without a degree, major, or 30 credit hours in the field they wish to teach must complete praxis requirements as determined by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.

Teaching Licensure Requirements

Kaho’iwai is an approved Educator Preparation Program in the State of Hawai’i. Graduates of Kaho’iwai may apply to the Hawai’i Teacher Standards Board for a Provisional license to teach in the State of Hawai’i, by registering as a new user and completing the application process online. The process includes confirmation of completion of an approved preparation program, a degree from an accredited institution, verification of State requirements (such as praxis), and fee payment.

Financial Information

Kaho’iwai is a grant-funded institution and does not charge students tuition. All educational services, textbooks, instructional materials, and travel costs are paid through Kaho’iwai’s grant funds. Admitted students are awarded a scholarship that covers all program costs for the duration of their enrollment.

Students pay a one-time $50 application fee and a one-time $50 graduation fee. The application and graduation fees are non-refundable. Select a payment option below to submit your fee online.



Cancellation Policy

Students can withdraw from the Post Baccalaureate Certificate of Teaching (PBCT) program at any time by notifying the Teacher Program Manager in writing (either by mail or email). If Kaho’iwai students choose to cancel their enrollment in the Post Baccalaureate Certificate of Teaching (PBCT) program within five calendar days after signing the affirmation agreement, and they have already paid their one-time $50 application fee, Kaho’iwai process a refund to the student for the full $50 application fee paid. Students who cancel more than five calendar days after signing the Affirmation Agreement do not receive a refund for the application or graduation fee (following payment).

Refund Policy

When students withdraw from a course(s) or from their entire program, they are not entitled to a refund of any kind because they are not charged tuition.

 All information relating to Kaho'iwai programs is found in the Program Catalog. This includes policies, course, and program information.


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