The UH West O‘ahu Bachelor of Education degree with a concentration in Secondary Education, grades 6-12, prepares knowledgeable, skillful, responsive educators for a global society. Studies encompass an innovative, field-based teacher preparation program, as well as public service activities that support West O‘ahu communities. This area of concentration is especially designed for teacher candidates who wish to specialize in teaching english language arts, social studies, math, general science, and/or biology at both middle and high school levels, grades 6-12.grades 6-12. A strong liberal arts curriculum supports candidates’ excellent knowledge of content in the chosen discipline.
Throughout their program of study, teacher candidates participate in over 630 hours of field-based coursework, including the early field experience, service learning, introduction to middle-level and secondary education, and two practicums taken concurrently with content methods courses. The program culminates in a 15-week, full-time high school student teaching semester in the chosen field. Field placements occur in middle and high schools island-wide and especially in Central and Leeward O‘ahu and on the Wai‘anae Coast. Faculty deliver courses on-campus and online, while maintaining flexible scheduling to accommodate teacher candidates’ busy lives. Upon successful of their program of study, the Education Division recommends the B.Ed graduate for licensure by the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board.
Field Based Coursework
Student teaching is a full-time, 15 week, supervised classroom experience, taken concurrently with a Writing Intensive (WI). A gradual release of responsibility by the mentor teacher leads to a minimum of 15 days of solo teaching. Candidates complete their student teaching in a school that is in partnership with the UH West O‘ahu Division of Education. At the discretion of the UH West Oʻahu Field Placement Coordinator, and with approval of the principal and mentor teacher, Hawai‘i Department of Education part-time teachers and teaching assistants may be able to complete their student teaching in the school where they have been employed.
With guidance from their classroom mentor teacher and university supervisor, candidates complete their required 630 hours of field-based coursework in partner schools, including but not limited to the following:
Kapolei High School
Campbell High School
Nānākuli High School
Leilehua High School
Careers and Earning Potential
Teaching is a rewarding career that provides benefits and job security in an era of teacher shortages across the United States. Teachers often continue their professional development via graduate programs in education, including master’s and doctorate degree programs in curriculum and instruction or specialized fields in literacy, special education, and English language learners. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016 data), the median salary for secondary school teachers is $59,070. The Hawai‘i State Department of Education reported the starting salary for teachers as $47,443 for the 2017-18 school year.
Graduates find teaching positions in public and private schools; coordinate education programs for public and private sectors, such as museums, libraries, YMCA, and community centers; and serve as consultants to industries. Once licensed in Hawai‘i, secondary school teachers may seek reciprocal certification in all states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
For more information on careers and earning potential, visit the Hawaiʻi Industry Sectors website.
The UH West O‘ahu Education Club is a wonderful opportunity for teacher candidates to gain an
even greater understanding of the education field and participate in community service projects,
workshops, social activities, and more. The club supports literacy causes and raises monetary
and book donations that benefit lending libraries and local area elementary, middle, and high