State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Hawaii

April 2018

 


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at dscott@ecs.org


Standards
Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Hawaii has adopted domains of leadership. Source
Preparation
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Hawaii State Board of Education Haw. Code R. 8-54-19
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? The main route to certification for school leaders is through the state department of education's Hawaii Certification Institute for School Leaders (HICISL). The two-year HICISL program includes coaching, coursework and residency components. Source
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? Yes. The main route to certification for school leaders is through the state department of education's Hawaii Certification Institute for School Leaders (HICISL). The two-year HICISL program includes coaching, coursework and residency components. However, no hour requirement was found. Source
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? No state policy found.
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? The main route to certification for school leaders is through the state department of education's Hawaii Certification Institute for School Leaders (HICISL).

In order to meet requirements for admission to HICISL, a candidate following track A must:
  • Be a tenured, certificated teacher currently employed in the Hawaii Department of Education public school system
  • Have at least four years of K-12 teaching experience
  • Have received satisfactory performance evaluations.
In order to meet requirements for admission to HICISL, a candidate following track B must:
  • Be a non-tenured Hawaii Department of Education employee or non-Hawaii Department of Education employee
  • Hold a K-12 administrator license or a master’s degree in educational administration or educational leadership from an accredited university
  • Have at least three years of K-12 teaching experience
  • Have received satisfactory performance evaluations.
Source
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants holding a valid, comparable certificate issued by another state must also hold a master’s degree in educational administration or educational leadership from an accredited university and have at least five years K-12 school-level experience, to include four years satisfactory performance as a licensed, K-12 school-level principal or higher, in a public school system (private school and/or charter school experience is not accepted). Source
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? Institutions of higher education or other independent alternative certification programs may seek approval to offer alternative certification programs for administrators. State policy provides additional requirements. Haw. Code R. 8-65-9

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