How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Hawaii

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If you are interested in learning how to become a substitute teacher in Hawaii, the following information will help guide you through the process.

Hawaii Substitute Teaching Requirements

Since Hawaii has established a priority of who will be granted substitute teaching positions, here is what you need to know:

  • Those with a Bachelor's degree, completion of a State-Approved Teacher Education (SATE) program, and a full teacher-training program that includes student teaching in a Grade K-12 setting are given first priority while second priority it is given to those who only hold a Bachelor's degree.
  • Substitute Courses that are particular to the material being taught are also required as are other course materials depending upon the district in which you will be applying.
  • Requirement 3:
  • Previous paid or volunteer experience is desired for most districts but not required
  • Criminal History Background Check and Fingerprinting also required

There are basically four steps to applying for work as a substitute in the state of Hawaii.

  1. SCHOOL PRIORITY/PREFERRED LIST: Applicants must arrange an interview with a school administrator for possible placement on the school's priority/preferred list. IT is recommended that you prepare a copy of your resume/college transcripts for review by the school administrator.
  2. SUBSTITUTE TEACHER COURSE: After the interview, obtain an approval from the school administrator that is required to enroll in the course at the Community School for Adults. Upon successful compleiton, you will receive a Substitute Teacher Course Certificate valid for five (5) years.
  3. BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN TRAINING VIDEO: This federally mandated training video for all employees of the Hawaii Department of Education must be viewed annually and is a part of the Substitute Teacher Course as well. You can view the training video at a school, if available on a public access Channel, or on the TeleSchool website.
  4. APPLICATION: After completing the course and video, return to the school that placed you on their priority/preferred list to obtain, complete, and submit Form 104, Substitute Teacher Application along with the pre-employment materials. These materials include: Form 104 Social Security card Official/original college transcripts Tuberculosis (TB) test clearance certificate Substitute Teacher Course Completion Certificate with posted expiration date

More about these and other steps to apply can be found at the Hawaii substitute teacher requirements for employment website of the Hawaii Department of Education.

Get Your Hawaii Criminal Background Check and Fingerprint Clearance Card

Applicants can complete fingerprinting and criminal history background check at District Offices by appointment after priority/preferred school submits the substitute teacher application and employment documents.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You'll need your original college transcripts showing you have a bachelor's degree in order to receive your substitute certificate. Submit your official transcript with your substitute teacher application.

Letters of Recommendation

While you're waiting for your substitute teacher certificate to be processed, you may wish to ask professional references for a letter of recommendation. It's probably a good idea to get 2-3 letters of recommendation, as most school districts will require theses recommendations when you apply for substitute teaching jobs in Hawaii.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Hawaii

A recent law established higher daily pay rates in Hawaii of $130 for substitute teachers with a bachelor's degree and $140 for those licensed or highly qualified..

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