Grow Our Own Teachers Initiative

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Scholarship stipends may be available to qualified applicants*


Available Online/Statewide

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teacher Education (PBCTE) in Secondary Education and Master of Education in Teaching (MEdT) in Secondary Education for HIDOE employees who serve at a secondary school.



  • Partnership between Hawai‘i Department of Education (HIDOE) & the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s College of Education (UHM COE)
  • Opportunity to qualify for stipends in HIDOE content areas
  • Courses delivered in an online/hybrid format
  • Summer coursework may be required
  • Field experience and teaching residency in HIDOE or Hawai‘i Public Charter Schools in secondary school setting
  • Begin January 2020 & graduate in May 2021


Award Priorities:

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 (FTSA)
  3. PBCTE: Secondary Education students
  4. MEdT: Secondary Education students


  1. Apply by October 1 (For Spring 2020 PBCTE Secondary Education Admissions)
    MEdT must have been admitted in Fall 2019

    Hawai`i residents with a bachelor’s degree and ability to demonstrate content knowledge in a content prioritized by the HIDOE as an area of need. This includes:         
    1. Art
    2. Dance
    3. English*
    4. English as a Second Language
    5. Music**
    6. Mathematics
    7. Physical Education**
    8. Science*
    9. Social Studies
    10. Theater
    11. World Languages*
    12. Hawaiian Language*
    13. Hawaiian Immersion**HIDOE Federal Teacher Shortage Areas (FTSA)
      **Available to O`ahu residents only

  2. Successfully Complete
    All requirements, field experience and teaching residency.
  3. Earn Teaching License
    Gain teacher licensure through the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board (HTSB).
  4. Continue Teaching
    Commit to 3 years of full time teaching (grades 6-12) in HIDOE or Hawai‘i Public Charter Schools in licensed field.



Please fill out the form for more information:


Steps to Apply (PBCTE):

  2. Submit a UH Mānoa System Application. 
    • There is a $70 non-refundable application fee
    • CHOOSE option “UG Transfer & Returning”
  3. Letter of Recommendation (Optional)
    • Priority will be given to those who have a letter of recommendation from their school administration.
  4. 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 HTSB in the content field* (refer to: for a list of the approved tests); or
      • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in the content field; or
      • Content major consisting of a minimum of 30 semester hours in the content field for a bachelor's degree awarded by an accredited institution of higher education; or
      • A minimum of 30 semester hours in the content field from an accredited institution of higher education, at least 15 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.  *For test registration information: There is a fee to take the Praxis Content Knowledge test.
  5. GPA
    • Minimum cumulative and content major grade point averages (GPA) of 2.75 (2.50 for applicants pursuing mathematics, science, and health and physical education content areas) from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  6. Interview with Program
    • Interview is required (refer to the COE application for more information).


Steps to Apply (MEdT)

Admitted MEdT Candidated may apply for the stipend:

  1. Complete the Grow Our Own Application Form


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