PB Certificate in Secondary Education

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Application Requirements


  • College of Education (Makalei)
  • UHM System Application Form (SAF)

Grade Point Average

A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 is required from all post-secondary institutions attended.  Additionally, a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the content major is required.  Applicants who do not meet the GPA criterion to the College should consult with an academic advisor as soon as possible.  Applicants pursuing a secondary major in Health and Physical Education, Mathematics, or Science may be considered for admission with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and a major cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.   

40 Hours of Documented Group Leadership Experience

Prior to applying, applicants must complete 40 hours of paid or voluntary group leadership field experience with the appropriate age group according to their major. For example, Secondary Education students are required to work with 6 - 12th grade aged students (except for Health and Physical Education BEd majors, K-12 is required). Elementary Education students are required to work with K - 6th grade students. The experience must have been completed after high school and cannot have occurred more than 5 years prior to acceptance to a COE Licensure Track program. For Health and Physical Education majors, the experience must be primarily physical activity related.

Type Name Updated
Handbook/Instructions Group Leadership Field Experience Certification Form Last Updated
June 2016

Verification of Content Knowledge

Applicants must demonstrate knowledge in their teaching field.  Content knowledge may be verified by one of the following options:

  • Passing score on licensure test adopted by the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) in the content field; or
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in the content field; or
  • Content major consisting of a minimum of thirty semester hours in the content field for a bachelor's degree awarded by an accredited institution of higher education; or
  • A minimum of thirty semester hours in the content field from an accredited institution of higher education, at least fifteen of which must be upper division level; or 
  • A master's, specialist or doctoral degree in the license field awarded by an accredited institution of higher education.

Applicants who choose to use a licensure test to demonstrate content knowledge, please see the HTSB for current passing scores.  For registration information, please visit ETS or contact the UHM Testing Office (Phone:  (808) 956-3454) or Prometric in Honolulu or Hilo (Phone:  1 (808) 853-6773).  Those applying to Social Studies must pass the Social Studies (Secondary) Content Knowledge test.  Those majoring in Art or ESL:  in order to submit a Student Teaching Application for ITE 405 (Teaching Residency) and ITE 406 (Seminar in Teaching Residency) you must document that you have passed the PRAXIS Content Knowledge test with an official score report sent to UHM and the HTSB by the Student Teaching Application deadline. Passing scores are determined by the HTSB.  You can view the Hamilton Library Praxis LibGuide for resources on the Praxis exam.

Note:  World Language applicants may consider the ACTFL (OPI and WPT) tests instead of the PRAXIS Subject Assessment (Content Knowledge) test if it is available.  Please visit the ACTFL for more information and COE information on registering to take an ACTFL test.  There is no PRAXIS of ACTFL test in Hawaiian, Latin and Theater/Dance at this time; intead, 30 credits in the major at the post-secondary level are required.

Complete an Admissions Interview

All Students applying for any of the COE Licensure Track programs must participate in an admission interview with faculty from their prospective department.

Interview Instructions:

All Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education (PBCSE) applicants (does not apply to Health and Physical Education applicants) are required to complete a personal admissions interview. Only applicants who have successfully completed all admission requirements will be able to schedule a Personal Admissions Interview. Interviews will be conducted by Secondary Education faculty for all tracks except Health and Physical Education, and Music Education.

Type Name Updated
Brochure/Information Secondary Education Interview Instructions Last Updated
July 2019

Health & Physical Education Applicants

Health & Physical Education applicants will interview with KRS Department faculty.  These interviews must be completed by September 1 for COE priority consideration or by October 1 for final consideration.  Applicants must call the KRS Department Office at the phone number below to schedule their interview. 

Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science
PE Athletic Complex Room 231
(808) 956-7606

Music Education Applicants

Music Education applicants must make an individual appointment for an interview with the Music Department.  Arrange for an interview appointment time as soon as possible to avoid missing admissions deadlines.  Call Dr. Chet-Yeng Loong at her phone number below.  Out-of-state applicants may be accepted provisionally pending completion of the interview requirement immediately upon arrial on Oahu  These interviews must be completed by September  1 for COE priority consideration or by October 1 for final consideration.

Secondary Music Education
Dr. Chet-Yeng Loong
Music Bldg. 111
(808) 956-3253


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