Do you want to become a local teacher and possess a Bachelor’s degree already? You may be eligible for stipends* to cover tuition costs through the Grow Our Own (GOO) Teachers Initiative!

GOO is made possible through a partnership between the Hawaiʻi Department of Education (HIDOE) and the College of Education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Recipients of GOO funding are required to:

1. Complete one of the following programs:

    • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate – Secondary Education (PBCTE-Secondary)
    • Master of Education in Teaching in Secondary Education (MEdT-Secondary)
    • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate – Elementary Education (PBCTE-Elementary)

2. Gain teacher licensure through the Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board (HTSB)

3. Commit to three (3) years of full-time teaching (grades K-12) in their licensed field in HIDOE or Public Charter Schools.

*Stipends cover the cost of tuition and fees; program courses previously taken are not covered; subject to availability of funds.

General Info

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Resident of Hawaiʻi
  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Meet Application Deadlines
  • Demonstrate content knowledge in a content area prioritized by the HIDOE as an area of need, which includes: Art, Dance, English*, English as a Second Language*, Mathematics*, Music**, Physical Education*, Science, Social Studies, World Languages*, Hawaiian Language* and Hawaiian Immersion*

*HIDOE Federal Teacher Shortage Areas (FTSA)
**Available to Oʻahu residents only

Applications will be prioritized by:

  1. HIDOE Employees (i.e., emergency hire, substitute, educational assistant, etc.) in secondary school settings
  2. Those seeking licensure in HIDOE Federal Teacher Shortage Areas
  3. PBCTE-Secondary
  4. MEdT-Secondary
  5. PBCTE-Elementary

GOO recipients are eligible for stipends that cover the cost of tuition and fees. Program courses that were previously taken will not be covered. Students enrolled in an online program will only be assessed for resident tuition regardless of their residence in a different state or country.

Stipends will cover tuition and fees:

PBCTE Secondary 33–36 credits
MEdT Secondary Up to 34 credits
PBCTE Elementary Up to 33 credits

Neighbor island students will also receive travel stipends to cover roundtrip flights that are purchased by the GOO recipients to attend mandatory face-to-face meetings.

Stipend Schedule

  • PBCTE-Secondary: Tuition stipends are issued after the beginning of the first (Spring) semester and before the beginning of the second (Summer), third (Fall), and fourth (Spring) semesters.
  • MEdT-Secondary and PBCTE-Elementary: Tuition stipends are issued at the end of the first (Fall) semester and before the beginning of the second (Spring) and third (Fall) semesters. Candidates are not eligible for funding for their last (Spring) semester since teacher license recommendation is earned following the successful completion of the third semester.
  • Travel stipends are issued immediately after each face-to-face meeting when attendance is confirmed and travel support documents (i.e., air itinerary and receipt, boarding passes, etc.) are submitted to Marie Guillermo.

Repeated courses for any reason (i.e., no pass, withdraw after official drop date, etc.) will not be funded.

GOO tuition and travel stipends are considered as income by the Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Education, therefore, GOO stipends are tax-deductible. No tax form is provided by the university. GOO recipients are required to sign and return a memo that will be emailed from Marie Guillermo (mariegui@hawaii.edu) to confirm receipt of issued stipend checks.

Subject to availability of funds.

Program & Application Info

PBCTE-SECONDARY INFO
Program overview & COURSEWORK See PBCTE-Secondary program page
Deadlines
(Spring 2021 admission)
Priority: September 1

Final: October 1

STIPENDS COVERS 33–36 credits

Neighbor island students will also receive travel stipends to cover roundtrip flights that are purchased by the GOO recipients to attend mandatory face-to-face meetings.

STIPENDS SCHEDULE Tuition stipends are issued after the beginning of the first (Spring) semester and before the beginning of the second (Summer), third (Fall), and fourth (Spring) semesters.
HOW TO APPLY See PBCTE-Secondary program page

Students applying for GOO funding can also consider submitting an optional Letter of Recommendation. Priority will be given to those who have a letter of recommendation from their school administration.

MEDT-SECONDARY INFO
Program overview & COURSEWORK See MEdT-Secondary program page
Deadlines
(Must be admitted fall 2020)
Priority: September 1

Final: October 1

STIPENDS COVERS Up to 34 credits

Neighbor island students will also receive travel stipends to cover roundtrip flights that are purchased by the GOO recipients to attend mandatory face-to-face meetings.

STIPENDS SCHEDULE Tuition stipends are issued at the end of the first (Fall) semester and before the beginning of the second (Spring) and third (Fall) semesters. Candidates are not eligible for funding for their last (Spring) semester since teacher license recommendation is earned following the successful completion of the third semester.
HOW TO APPLY Admitted candidates may apply for the stipend using the MEdT GOO Application

Students applying for GOO funding can also consider submitting an optional Letter of Recommendation. Priority will be given to those who have a letter of recommendation from their school administration.

PBCTE-ELEMENTARY INFO
Program overview & COURSEWORK See PBCTE-Elementary program page
Deadlines
(Must be admitted fall 2020)
Priority: September 1

Final: October 1

STIPENDS COVERS Up to 33 credits

Neighbor island students will also receive travel stipends to cover roundtrip flights that are purchased by the GOO recipients to attend mandatory face-to-face meetings.

STIPENDS SCHEDULE Tuition stipends are issued at the end of the first (Fall) semester and before the beginning of the second (Spring) and third (Fall) semesters. Candidates are not eligible for funding for their last (Spring) semester since teacher license recommendation is earned following the successful completion of the third semester.
HOW TO APPLY Admitted candidates may apply for the stipend using the PBCTE Elementary GOO Application

Students applying for GOO funding can also consider submitting an optional Letter of Recommendation. Priority will be given to those who have a letter of recommendation from their school administration.