Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teacher Education

Typical Length 18 months

Delivery Hybrid






Stipends Available

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teacher Education in Secondary Education program (PBCTE-Secondary) welcomes busy professionals from the neighbor islands who hold a bachelor’s degree and find time and distance constraints of furthering an on-campus degree too difficult.

PBCTE-Secondary is an 18-month certificate program designed for students who have a BA or BS degree and wish to obtain initial basic teacher certification. To enroll, students must have completed an academic content major appropriate to their proposed teaching subject and pass the PRAXIS Content knowledge test. It consists of nine interrelated courses totaling 33-36 credits. Students who complete this initial teacher licensure program are encouraged to continue their professional growth. PBCTE-Secondary students may apply up to 12 course credits from the program to a College of Education (COE) master’s degree program. Students must negotiate course transfer at the time of application to the master’s program.

Common Careers

Graduates of this program become teachers in secondary educational institutions, both public (Hawai‘i Department of Education and Public Charter Schools) and private.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be recommended for licensure to teach 6-12th grade in a subject field in the state of Hawai‘i. The ITE Secondary Program offers teaching majors in the following fields:

  • Art
  • Dance
  • English Language Arts
  • English Language Learners/Multilingual
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Theater
  • World Languages
Career and Licensure Information

Once completing an initial teacher licensure program, graduates are eligible to apply for a state license through the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board, which will allow the licensee to teach in public and charter schools in the State of Hawai‘i.

Hawai‘i also participates in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement which facilitates the mobility of educators among states that are members of NASDTEC. UHM recommends you contact the office of certification in any state to which you may be relocating to get the most current information. See NASDTEC website for more information.

Admission Requirements
Gainful Employment Information View This Task

The federal government passed legislation that explicitly requires educational programs, which receive funding under Title IV: Federal Student Aid Grants, Federal Student Aid Loans, and Federal Student Aid Work-study, to comply with Gainful Employment (GE) rules. Gainful employment programs at public institutions include non-degree programs, such as certificate programs that are not part of a degree. The College of Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Secondary Education (PBCSE) Program qualifies as a GE program. Click on the link below to read the disclosures associated with the GE rule for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Secondary Education (PBCSE):

Post Baccalaureate Certification in Secondary Education Gainful Employment data

Apply to UH System View This Task

In order to be accepted into the COE you must also be accepted into UHM. If you have not yet applied to UHM you can get the UH system application from the UHM Office of Admissions.

Completed Baccalaureate Degree View This Task

Must have graduated from an accredited, four-year institution of higher education recognized by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), prior to beginning the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Secondary Education (PBCSE): program.

To check if you graduated from a UHM recognized institution contact the UHM office of Admissions at or 800-823-9771.

Cumulative GPA View This Task

2.75 cumulative GPA (2.50 cumulative GPA for Math and Science)

To be eligible for any College of Education licensure track program, students must maintain a cumulative (combined) Grade Point Average (GPA) at or above a required level. Check specific program sheets or admission brochure for the GPA required of your intended program.

If your cumulative GPA does not meet, or if you are not sure if your cumulative GPA meets, the required minimum contact OSAS at or 808-956-7915 or 808-956-7849.

Major Cumulative GPA View This Task

2.75 academic major GPA (2.50 academic major GPA for Math and Science)

To be eligible for any College of Education Licensure Track Program, you must maintain a cumulative (combined) Grade Point Average (GPA) in your academic major at or above a required level. Check specific program sheets for the Major GPA required of your intended program.

Hawai‘i DOE Employment View This Task

Please indicate if you are employed by HIDOE or PCS. If you are not employed please select "Not Employed".

40 Hours of Documented Group Leadership Experiences View This Task

Complete 40 hours of paid or voluntary group leadership field experience with 6-12th grade students. The experience cannot have occurred more than 5 years prior to acceptance into the program.

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 BS- Health and Physical Education 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.

  1. Download the Group Leadership Certification Form
  2. Submit the completed form to the College of Education:
    • Upload your Group Leadership Certification Form (preferred)
      • Must be in Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format
      • Name your file Lastname_Firstname_FE (i.e. Doe_Jane_FE)
    • E-mail:
    • Fax: 808-956-4271
    • Mail/In Person :
      • College of Education
        Office of Student Academic Services
        1776 University Avenue
        Everly Hall, Room 126
        Honolulu, HI 96822

Verification of Content Knowledge View This Task

Demonstrate knowledge in teaching field (content area)

Content Knowledge Requirement

(Must meet one of the following options)

  • Passing score on licensure test adopted by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) in the content field;
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in the content field;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • A master's, specialist or doctoral degree in the license field awarded by an accredited institution of higher education.
Testing Options

The Praxis Series™ tests are adopted by​ the​ HTSB to be included as ​one option in demonstrating applicants' content knowledge.

Official Praxis Subject Assessments score reports must be sent to University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and HTSB.

For more information visit the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Praxis website.

World Language Applicants

May consider the ACTFL (OPI and WPT) tests instead of the Praxis Subject Assessments test if it is available.

For more information visit the ACTFL world language test website.

Hawaiian, Latin & Theatre/Dance Applicants

Please ​consider one of the other options for meeting your content knowledge requirement.

Interview with Program View This Task

Interview with the program

Interviews are required of all eligible applicants. All applicants must use Mākālei to submit a complete online application by the deadline. Applicants must submit a complete application by the application deadline (September 1 for priority consideration or October 1 for regular consideration) in order to be eligible for a face-to-face or live online interview.

Applicants who submit a complete application by September 1st will be contacted to schedule an interview during the weeks of September 21st, or October 5th or 12th. Applicants who submit a complete application between September 2nd and October 1st will be contacted to schedule an interview during the weeks of October 5th or 12th. Interviews will be held on the U.H. Manoa campus and/or online. Applicants who interview online will be provided with a link to the online portal prior to the interview.

Applicants with any learning, physical, psychiatric or other documented disabilities who need special accommodations for the interview should contact Kokua Services

Please refer to the Secondary Eduation Interview Instructions (PDF) for more information.

Personal Statement/Essay View This Task

Write a personal statement

You are required to write a response to the following as part of your application to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Secondary Education (PBCSE): program.

Think of the most influential teacher you have had.

  1. Tell us who that person is (including their name, level, and school) and how/why that person impacted you the most.
  2. Then tell us what unique qualities and skills you have that would make you a successful teacher.
Three Professional References View This Task

Provide Three (3) Professional References

List three people that may be contacted as professional references, e.g., supervisor, instructor, etc. The College reserves the right to contact professional references other than those listed.

Name E-mail Phone Relationship
Repeated Courses (if any) View This Task
Attempt Course Institution Semester Credits Grade
#1 Initial
#2 Initial
#3 Initial
#4 Initial
#5 Initial
Hawai‘i Grow Our Own Teachers Initiative Stipend Application View This Task

Scholarship stipends may be available to qualified applicants and applicants who are Hawai'i Residents working as HIDOE emergency hires, substitute teachers, and educational assistants who hold a bachelor's degree and demonstrate content knowledge in a content area prioritized by the HIDOE as an area of need. This may include: Art, Dance, English, English as a Second Language, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Theater, and World Languages.

AlertNote: courses will be delivered in an online/hybrid format where instructors may hold synchronous online sessions in the evenings and/or schedule limited Saturday face to face sessions throughout the program.

Complete this form to apply for the stipend. This form must be completed by October 1.

Note: Scholarship stipends do not cover courses taken prior to the program.

Commitment to teaching

Word limit 500

Letter of Recommendation

Give the name and email address of the principal/vice-principal who will serve as your reference. The principal/vice-principal you entered below will automatically be sent an email that contains the confidential Principal/Vice-Principal Recommendation Form to complete on your behalf. It is your responsibility to follow-up to make sure your principal/vice-principal has received the email and form. The deadline for the College of Education to receive the recommendation form is October 22.

AlertA Principal/Vice-Principal Recommendation Form is NOT required if you are NOT currently employed by HIDOE or PCS.
Name E-mail Phone Send

How to Apply
Application Deadlines

New cohorts start only in Spring semesters. 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

How to Apply
Tuition & Funding

Students enrolled in PBCTE-Secondary Fall 2019 will be assessed $663 per credit for residents and $1,558 per credit for non-residents. Students enrolled in an online program will only be assessed for resident tuition regardless of their residence in a different state or country. Information on tuition and fees can be found under the “Graduate General & Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified” heading on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

There are many resources available to help graduate students pay for college, including College of Education scholarships. There are also several scholarships listed generally through the STAR website (please note that this is only accessible to students with a valid UH ID number – must be admitted as a student prior to looking for scholarships on this site) and the Financial Support section of the Graduate Division website. For more information on financial aid and additional resources, please visit the UH Mānoa Financial Aid Office (

The Grow Our Own Teachers Initiative, also known as GOO, is an opportunity for candidates enrolled in PBCTE-Secondary and the Master of Education in Teaching in Secondary Education programs to qualify for tuition stipends. GOO is made possible through a partnership between the College of Education of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Hawai‘i Department of Education. For more information on eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit our Grow Our Own Teachers page.

Delivery Format

PBCTE-Secondary is cohort-based, with students only admitted in the spring term each year as part of a group that takes initial classes together and beginning with a two-day, on-campus orientation. In a cohort model, students enroll in a series of core courses, beginning and ending the series together. Such an approach helps build community and support structures within the program. Students work with like-minded professionals to achieve a common goal.


PBCTE-Secondary is a 33-36 credit certificate program of 10 required core course.

  • The 10 core courses in PBCTE-Secondary are offered online and include live sessions on the Internet weekday evenings to accommodate working professionals.
  • General breakdown of program timeline
    • Term 1 (Spring)
      • ITE 401: Engaging the Adolescent Learner
      • ITE 402(n): Teaching Practicum, Supervised Field Experience, 2 days/week + Seminar
      • ITE 440: Curriculum Implications of Multicultural Education
    • Summer Term (or prior to Term 3)
      • EDEF 610: Foundation of Educational Theory
      • EDEP 631: Adolescence and Education
    • Term 2 (Fall)
      • ITE 402(Alpha): Teaching Practicum, Field Experience, 2 days/week + Seminar
      • ITE 404(Alpha): Teaching in the Subject Field
      • SPED 445 Educating Exceptional Students in Regular Classrooms, Secondary
    • Term 3 (Spring)
      • ITE 405(Alpha): Teaching Residency, Supervised Full-Time Teaching, 5 days/week
      • ITE 406: Seminar in Teaching Residency


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