The Grow Our Own (GOO) Teachers Initiative is an opportunity for students of the following programs to qualify for stipends*:

The initiative 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. GOO recipients are required to complete their respective program, gain licensure through the Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board (HTSB), and commit 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.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • International Students: September 1 (refer to the International Admission Process for detailed information)
  • September 1: General Priority Deadline
  • October 1: General Final Deadline

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Resident of Hawaiʻi
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • PBCTE-Secondary and PBCTE-Elementary apply by October 1 for Spring 2022 Admissions OR MEdT-Secondary must have been admitted in Fall 2021
  • 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

View the coursework of our PBCTE-Secondary program for more information.

View the coursework of our MEdT-Secondary program for more information.

View the coursework of our PBCTE-Elementary program for more information.

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:

  • 33–36 credits of the PBCTE-Secondary program
  • Up to 34 credits of the MEdT-Secondary program
  • 33 credits of the PBCTE-Elementary program

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 and PBCTE-Elementary: 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: 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 ( to confirm receipt of issued stipend checks.

Subject to availability of funds.


To apply for GOO funding, please complete the appropriate 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.