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 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

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 (PBCTE, Secondary): program.

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

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

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.

Meet the content knowledge requirement

Interview with the program

Write a personal statement

Provide Three (3) Professional References

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. Additional scholarships may be found at 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 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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