Teacher Education Program

Education Major reading to young children

Aspire to Inspire! Becoming a teacher is one of the most rewarding careers you can choose.

The Teacher Education program prepares you with a solid foundation of pedagogy to teach K-12. Degree completion gets you “career ready” to be hired as a highly qualified Educational Assistant or part-time teacher… or gets you started on your 4-year ED degree.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you could become a licensed teacher in our Career and Technical Education or Special Education alternative pathway programs.

Many Options

Associate Degree in Teaching

Our 62 credit program is a perfect start on your four-year Teacher Ed degree. We have great transfer agreements! You could also become an entry level educator (a paraprofessional). You also have the chance to get real life "in the classroom" experience while earning your degree.

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Our Culturally Responsive Teaching certificate prepares you for work as culturally responsive educators versed in Hawaiian and indigenous knowledge, pedagogy and worldview. The certificate provides a micro-credential and preparation for careers in teaching as well as provide professional development and career advancement for current in-service teachers

Alternative Certification for CTE

Do you know "content" and have work experience in a Career or Technical Ed area? This program gets you ready to teach your field in Hawaii's middle and high school CTE programs.

Special/Inclusive Education

We offer several pathways in Special Education: a 16 credit certificate of competence for working in Special Education in inclusive classrooms; a 3+1 Licensure Pathway; an Advanced Professional Certificate in SPED; and Registered Behavior Technician training credential.

DEGREE AND CERTIFICATES OFFERED

  • Associate in Science in Teaching (62 credits) will provide you with the first two years of a baccalaureate program in elementary or secondary education (as a transfer degree) or can prepare you for employment as a paraeducator (as a terminal degree). With a locally centered curriculum, graduates will be prepared for work as culturally responsive educators with skills in creating, analyzing and implementing developmentally appropriate instruction and standards-based lesson plans to ensure growth for learners of various backgrounds and abilities. Requirements for the Associate in Science Degree

  • Certificate of Competence, Alternative Certification in Teaching (Track I) (11 credits) equips candidates who have content knowledge in career and technical education with the pedagogy necessary to become effective secondary teachers in CTE classrooms. This alternative pathway post-baccalaureate program applies to the following license fields to teach CTE in middle school and high schools: Arts and Communications (6-12), Business (6-12), Health Services (6-12), Industrial and Engineering Technology (6-12), Natural Resources (6-12), and Public and Human Services (6-12). Requirements for the Certificate of Competence

  • Certificate of Competence, Alternative Certification in Teaching (Track II) (17 credits) equips candidates who have content knowledge in career and technical education with the pedagogy necessary to become effective secondary teachers in CTE classrooms. This alternative pathway post-baccalaureate program applies to the following license fields to teach CTE in middle school and high schools: Arts and Communications (6-12), Business (6-12), Health Services (6-12), Industrial and Engineering Technology (6-12), Natural Resources (6-12), and Public and Human Services (6-12). Requirements for the Certificate of Competence

  • Certificate of Competence, Culturally Responsive Teaching (13 credits) prepares you for work as culturally responsive paraeducators or teachers versed in Hawaiian and indigenous knowledge, pedagogy and worldview. The certificate will provide a micro-credential and preparation for students planning careers in teaching as well as professional development/career advancement for current in-service teachers. Requirements for the Certificate of Competence

  • Certificate of Competence, Special/Inclusive Education (16 credits) will provide you with opportunities to pursue positions as paraeducators or enhance skills as already certified teachers with a focus on Special and Inclusive Education. You will be equipped with the skills to plan and deliver general curriculum that is inclusive of children with disabilities, as well as gain the knowledge for assessing developmental milestones and applying evidence-based practices to assess student learning. Requirements for the Certificate of Competence

  • Certificate of Competence, Special Education II (16 credits) is designed to provide more specialized and comprehensive preparation in special education law, IEP development, assessment, educational technology, literacy intervention, and professionalism for those pursuing a teaching degree in special education or wishing to increase their knowledge in the field of special education. Requirements for the Certificate of Competence

  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Special Education, Mild/Moderate PK-12 (19 credits) is designed for those with a bachelor-level degree in any field that leads to recommendation for licensure to teach SPED. You will gain the skills and knowledge to explain and practice special education policies, understand the effects of disabilities on social and emotional development, as well as design and implement individualized education plans for students with disabilities. Requirements for the Advanced Professional Certificate

TIME AND COSTS

The time to complete the certificates or the degree varies from one to four semesters. To obtain the associate degree in two years, you have to take an average of 15 credits/semester.

Costs: tuition and fees

Licensure and State Authorization

Leeward Community College may not be able to confirm whether a particular program meets the professional licensure requirements outside of the State of Hawaiʻi. Leeward CC recommends the student contact the respective professional licensing board to determine the licensure requirements in the state in which the student lives.

PROGRAM FACULTY

Michael Cawdery, Associate Professor CC, Education; BA Sociology, University of Buffalo (SUNY); MA Education Policy and Leadership, University of Maryland; PhD Education, University of Hawai‘i

Brian Ichida, Instructor CC, Education; M.Ed., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Jeffrey Judd, Professor CC, Education, BS, Post Bac Secondary Science, University of California at Davis, MEd, PhD, Educational Psychology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Christina Keaulana, Instructor CC, Education; BA, English and Asian Studies, Brandeis University, MA; MEd, Special Education, PhD, Education, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Cameron Rivera, Academic Advisor, Teacher Education Program; BBA, Marketing; MEd, Educational Technology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Jaydene Kaleʻa Silva,Associate Professor CC, Education; BA, Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa; MEd, Secondary Education, Chaminade University; PhD Curriculum Studies, University of Hawai'i Mānoa

Jean StavRue-Pe‘ahi, Counselor, Teacher Education Program; Assistant Professor, CC Counselor; BA, Hawai‘i Pacific University; MS, Chaminade University

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