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Teach For America’s Alternative Route to Credential Program
We are pleased to announce that Teach For America-Hawai‘i has been approved by the Standards Board to offer an independent licensure program and will not be providing teaching credentials to all corps members. The Alternative Route to Credential (ARC) program will be a collaboration between Teach For America, university partners (Chaminade University or the University of Hawai‘i), and other community partners. In order to receive a credential, corps members must successfully complete the program of study in their first year in the classroom.
Core Assessments and Mentoring
Corps Members must complete all core Key Assessments listed below and actively participate in professional development.
Key Assessment 1 : Praxis
Key Assessment 2 : Summer Institute Portfolio and Evaluation
Key Assessment 3: Planning Portfolio
Key Assessment 4: Clinical Observations
Key Assessment 5: Student Learning Assessment
Key Assessment 6: Dispositions Assessment
Hawaiian Culture and History
All corps members must complete a Hawaiian culture and history component. Information on completion of this component is provided by Teach For America.
Content Support and Coursework
All corps members should enroll in a Masters of Education program at Chaminade University, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa or Johns Hopkins University. All classes are offered online, and classes may be offset with an Americorps award if funding is granted.
Elementary General Education (K- 6): Chaminade University
Secondary General Education (7 - 12): Chaminade University
Special Education: Chaminade University
Masters/ Special Education: University of Hawai’i, Manoa: Corps members may elect to pursue a M.Ed. degree in Special Education at the University of Hawai’i. Corps members will be eligible to receive their credential at the end of year one; however, corps members enrolled at the University of Hawai‘i are expected to complete the full two year masters degree program (no option to discontinue program at the end of year one).
Johns Hopkins University – Masters of Science in Education: More information can be found at http://education.jhu.edu/TFA
Common Certification Questions
How is teaching certification structured in this state/region?
Certification is obtained through our partner universities.
Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
Is a master's degree required?
University of Hawai'i, Chaminade University, John Hopkins University