Overview of Hawaii Testing Requirements

How to Qualify for Licensure

In order to qualify for educator licensure in Hawaii, applicants must:

  • Complete a State Approved Teacher Education Program (SATEP).
  • Meet the requirements for basic skills and content knowledge, which includes PraxisTM tests as an option.
  • Meet the professional fitness requirements.
  • Pay license fees.

The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board issues the following licenses which require verification of basic skills and/or content knowledge for licensure:

1.  A non-renewable Provisional License may be granted for no more than three years to an applicant who meets the Provisional License requirements. Read the Provisional License minimum requirements to see how to qualify.

2.  A renewable Standard License may be granted for five years to an applicant who meets the Standard License requirements. Read the Standard License minimum requirements to see how to qualify.

Additional information on license types, methods for qualification, documents required and application procedures is found at the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board website.

Important Information

  • Beginning with the 2013–14 testing year, ETS is administering a new version of the Health Education test. This new test will be offered in a computer-delivered format and the new test code will be 5551. The new test covers the same content as the previous test. However, scores are reported on a different scale, so requirements will vary from previous versions. All scores for discontinued tests are reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken. Consult the Test Requirements table for specific score requirements.
  • ETS is offering several additional tests in a computer-delivered format that will be introduced throughout the testing year. Visit Test Centers and Dates to find testing centers near you. The computer-delivered versions cover the same content as the paper-delivered versions and are scored on the same scale; however, the computer-delivered tests have different test codes.

    • English to Speakers of Other Languages (5361) — February 2014*
    • Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (5272) — April 2014
    • Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments (5282) — April 2014
    • Technology Education (5051) — July 2014

    * Beginning February 2014, this test is not available in a paper-delivered format except as required for ADA accommodations.

  • If you test in Hawaii, your score report will be sent automatically to the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board. If you test outside of Hawaii, select the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (state code 8620) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.
  • The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board requires a Social Security number (SSN) in order to process educator licensure paperwork. ETS does not require your SSN for its own purposes but will submit it to the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board with your test results. Failure to provide your SSN could delay processing of your certification application.

Who Must Take the Tests?

Prior to entering a teacher education program at your college or university, you may be required to take the Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests or the Praxis I® Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST®) to demonstrate your qualifications in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

In Hawaii, you may also take an appropriate Praxis II® test for a selected content area. If an applicant completes a dual (Elementary and Special Education) program, that applicant may have to take a Praxis II test in both of the content areas.

Note: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certified educators are exempt from all Praxis assessments.

Out-of-State Applicants

Applicants who completed a SATEP in a state other than Hawaii should review the Hawaii website for licensure requirements.

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