Grow our Own

With the generous support of the State Legislature and the Hawai‛i Department of Education (HIDOE), the UH Mānoa College of Education (COE) will be able to award up to $600K in scholarship stipends to recruit new teacher candidates. The scholarship stipends are available to HIDOE employees who serve as emergency hires, substitute teachers, or educational assistants for the college’s online Statewide Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education (PBCSE) beginning in the Spring Semester 2018.

The initiative, called Grow Our Own, is designed specifically for teacher shortage areas:   Hawaiian Language, World Languages, English, Mathematics, and Science. The application deadline is November 1, 2017.

“This partnership between the COE and HIDOE is the first of its kind, targeting educators who have an undergraduate degree, but no teaching license, and who demonstrate content knowledge in a HIDOE federal shortage area,” Dean Donald B. Young said. “It is the first time State scholarships have been available to support teacher preparation. We greatly appreciate the leadership of Senator Michele Kidani in helping to make this opportunity a reality.”

Students of the Grow Our Own initiative will begin in January 2018 and graduate in May 2019 with an opportunity to gain teacher licensure from the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) upon completion. The program includes online courses as well as field experience and teaching residency in a HIDOE or public charter school. Graduates are required to commit to three years of full-time teaching (grades 6–12) in their designated shortage area.

For more information, visit the Grow Our Own webpage or contact the Office of Student Academic Services at For neighbor island inquiries, contact

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