HPU has created a new teacher certification program that,
together with a new Master’s of Education degree, may
help ease Hawai‘i’s crippling teacher shortage.
The new programs were announced at a joint press conference
Dec. 2 with representatives from HPU and the Hawai‘i Teacher
Standards Board, as well as Pat Hamamoto, superintendent of Hawai‘i
The program gets under way in July 2005, and comes just as
the state, and much of the rest of the nation, face massive
shortages. In Hawai‘i, island college graduates filled
only 40 percent of the public school vacancies in the 2003-2004
school year. Nearly 60 percent of open island teaching positions
had to be filled by students from out-of-state colleges.
More of them were hired than ever before. The Department
of Education hired 1,657 new teachers for the 2003-2004
school year, up 21
percent from 1,363 for 2002-2003.