HAWAII: TOP 10 BACHELOR’S PROGRAMS

In order to become a licensed teacher in Hawaii, you’ll first need to obtain a degree in education. While education degrees are accepted from some other U.S. states through Hawaii’s reciprocal agreement program for teachers, given that the island state is a culturally and linguistically unique region, obtaining an education degree instate is highly recommended. To help you get started, we’ve narrowed the field and provided detailed program descriptions, statistics and ranking data for all of Hawaii’s top bachelor of education programs.

1.Brigham Young University-Hawaii

The faith-based Mormon school, Brigham Young University of Hawaii, is one of the island state’s top destinations for aspiring teachers. Brigham Young University’s School of Education is not only one of the top programs in the nation but has many options for undergraduates, including a bachelor’s degree leading to licensure at the elementary level, a bachelor’s degree leading to secondary education licensure, and a post-baccalaureate for students who already hold a university degree but want to explore teaching as a career option. As stated on Brigham Young University-Hawaii’s website, their program has three major tenets: life-long learning and problem-solving abilities; best current educational practices, balanced with gospel principles; and caring, compassionate, and collaborative service in the home, school, church and community, both locally and internationally. The program also prepares candidates to write the Praxis exam and go on the local job market. For aspiring teachers hoping to credentialize on a faith-based campus, Brigham Young University-Hawaii is an outstanding choice.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 19080
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 10000
  • Average state starting salary$ 41027
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 14 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 8.4
  • Acceptance Rate Score 10
  • Graduation Rate Score 8.45
  • ROI/Value Score 8.4
  • Student to Faculty Score 5.1

2.University of Hawaii at Manoa

The University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s College of Education is located in a gorgeous setting, commitment to preserving Hawai’i’s indigenous languages and culture, and commitment to finding and training the very best possible future teachers. At the University of Hawai’i at Manoa students can complete degrees leading to licensure at the elementary or secondary levels, as well as degrees leading to licensure in special education and health education.  For students who live at a distance, the university also offers a bachelor’s level and post-baccalaureate degrees through its distance education program. Whether you’re pursuing a degree on campus or off campus, however, at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, you can count on receiving a high-quality teacher education that will give you a competitive edge on the local job market.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 39616
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 19509
  • Average state starting salary$ 41027
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 13 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 5.1
  • Acceptance Rate Score 5.6
  • Graduation Rate Score 10
  • ROI/Value Score 5.1
  • Student to Faculty Score 6.7

3.University of Hawaii-West Oahu

The University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu Education Division, accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, is one of the state’s top destinations for aspiring teachers. Known for its high-quality courses, student-focused instruction and commitment to global education, the Education Division at University of Hawaii-West Oahu has a lot to offer students on the pathway to becoming a teacher. At the bachelor’s level, the school offers degrees in elementary education, middle-level education, and secondary education. Best of all, students complete 630 hours of field-based coursework and multiple field placements in schools that are part of the Hawai‘i Department of Education. Additional service learning and a final 15-week full-time teaching semester round out the program’s rigorous approach to teacher training. The program also prepares candidates to write the Praxis exam and enter the job market.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 25344
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 12500
  • Average state starting salary$ 41027
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 20 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 6.7
  • Acceptance Rate Score 6
  • Graduation Rate Score 4.46
  • ROI/Value Score 6.7
  • Student to Faculty Score 1.6

4.Chaminade University of Honolulu

Chaminade University’s Education Division states that it was designed to “foster the professional development of teachers and educational leaders through programs based in the liberal arts tradition, Catholic Marianist values, current research, and best practices.” Accredited by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, Chaminade offers several undergraduate programs for aspiring teachers, including a bachelor of science in elementary education, a bachelor of science in early childhood education (with or without a Montessori credential), and bachelor of science in secondary education. With flexible programming options, outstanding faculty, committed mentorship and a solid job placement record, Chaminade is a great option for anyone hoping to certify as a teacher, especially on a faith-based Catholic campus.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 80360
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 24082
  • Average state starting salary$ 41027
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 11 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 3.3
  • Acceptance Rate Score 5.2
  • Graduation Rate Score 6.62
  • ROI/Value Score 3.3
  • Student to Faculty Score 8.4

5.Hawaii Pacific University

Hawaii Pacific University is the largest independent, accredited, nonsectarian, university in Honolulu, Hawaii and among its offerings are several undergraduate education programs. The School of Education at Hawaii Pacific University offers a four-year bachelor of education leading to teacher licensure in Hawaii. The program combines clinical practice with foundational courses on topics such as child development, English language learning, and technology and innovation in education.  The program is known as a dynamic and friendly place to acquire teaching skills. Among its draws is its Future Teachers Association, a registered student organization at the university, which offers students a way to share experiences and network with other future Hawaii teachers. The program also has an excellent reputation of preparing candidates to write the Praxis exam and go on the job market.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 80720
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 25000
  • Average state starting salary$ 41027
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 15 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 1.6
  • Acceptance Rate Score 7.2
  • Graduation Rate Score 7.12
  • ROI/Value Score 1.6
  • Student to Faculty Score 3.3
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