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A one-stop opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a teacher in Hawaiʻi will be held virtually on Saturday, January 30, 2021, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. The annual It’s Great to be A Teacher event will feature different teacher preparation programs and organizations available to help future educators along in their journeys. The event is traditionally held in-person, but will be held via Zoom to observe safety measures due to the ongoing pandemic, and to make it accessible to participants from all of the Hawaiian islands.

In its sixth year, the event is organized by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education and other state public and private educator preparation programs part of the Teacher Education Coordinating Committee.

New event website

This year’s It’s Great to be a Teacher event will feature a website where anyone with access to the internet can learn about the process involved in becoming a licensed teacher in Hawaiʻi, prior to attending the virtual event so that they can make the best of their time at the live sessions.

Registration is free on the website. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register by January 25, 2021.

The event is open to:

  • Substitute teachers thinking of going full-time
  • Educational assistants
  • College students thinking about their major (or minor)
  • High school students getting ready for college
  • Mid-career changers
  • Anyone who believes that education could be their calling

What you’ll find on the website:

  • Learn about the different pathways to becoming a teacher
  • Discover different program options to suit your circumstances
  • Hear from the diverse community of educators and supporters about the teaching profession
  • Register for upcoming events

Attendees of the virtual event will be able to:

  • Meet with different state-approved teacher education programs to determine the best fit
  • Find out about scholarships and other funding opportunities
  • Ask specific questions about the licensing process, potential salaries and supports for teachers inHawaiʻi

For more information, contact Nezia Azmi, Teacher Education Coordinating Committee event coordinator at or (808) 956-4280.

This event is an example of UH Mānoa’s goal of Enhancing Student Success (PDF), one of four goals identified in the 2015–25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020.

Itʻs Great to Be a Teacher event flyer

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