Be a Hero.
Be a Teacher.
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Why Teach? Join the World’s Most Noble Profession

High Demand
The DOE hires about 1,200 new teachers each year!

Salary & Benefits
Starting salaries and benefits are on the rise!

Funding Opportunities
DOE stipends and other tuition supports are available!

A Path for Everyone

Find the teacher preparation program that’s right for you.


Be a Hero. Be a Teacher.

Created to inspire high school and college students as well as working professionals to consider a career in education, the Be a Hero. Be a Teacher. campaign highlights the benefits and rewards of being a teacher.

Under the leadership of UH Mānoa College of Education’s beloved late Ernest “Niki” Libarios, Jr., the campaign was developed by education faculty from UH’s four campuses, coordinated by the UH Office of Academic Planning and Policy, and produced by Kai Media. It features public service announcements and a slam poetry video written and performed by UH Hilo alumnus and Kamehameha Schools Dean of Studies, Clint Anderson.


Yes, we have a teaching degree program that’s just right for you, right here in Hawai‘i! To find out more, click on any of the four campus links below.

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
UHM offers 15 program options from bachelor’s to master’s degrees in early childhood, elementary, secondary and/or special education. Teach and learn from anywhere in Hawai‘i (all islands) either on campus in Mānoa or online! Let us help you find your sense of purpose & sense of place!
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Leeward Community College
Strong support services make our program feel like family! Leeward offers 4 options that can jumpstart your career! Get real life, “in the classroom” experience while earning your degree and you’ll be “career ready” or on target to transfer and earn your 4-year degree.
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University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu
The UHWO provides innovative, K–12 teacher preparation programs in support of the continuing development of West O‘ahu communities. Faculty are committed to delivering high quality, student-centered instruction that prepares teacher candidates to be knowledgeable, skillful, responsive educators for a global society.
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University of Hawaiʻi Hilo
UH Hilo offers an undergraduate educational studies certificate, a post-baccalaureate program that prepares students for a teaching license in one year, and a graduate certificate preparing kumu for PK–12 Hawaiian Language Medium-Immersion and Culture-based educational programs.
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