Hawaii - School Counseling Staff Qualifications: Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

Area: 
Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State laws recommends minimum certification standards that include advanced coursework and degree requirements for counselors.

H.A.R. CHAPTER 54 TEACHER LICENSING STANDARDS

§ 8-54-9.1. Provisional License.
A non-renewable provisional license may be granted to an applicant for three (3) years provided that the individual has met the following criteria:

  • (1) Satisfactorily completed a State-approved teacher, librarian or counselor education program;

  • (2) Demonstrated basic skills and subject area competency in a manner prescribed by the board;

  • (3) Obtained clearance in the professional fitness check; and

  • (4) Pays license fees as established by the board.
    [Eff OCT 30 2014] (Auth: HRS §302A-802) (Imp: HRS §§302A-801 to -808
    )

§ 8-54-9.2. Standard License.
(a) A renewable standard license may be granted to an applicant for five (5) years provided that the individual has met the following criteria:

  • (1) Satisfactorily completed a State-approved teacher, librarian or counselor education program;

  • (2) Demonstrated basic skills and subject area competency in a manner prescribed by the board;

  • (3) Obtained clearance in the professional fitness check;

  • (4) Pays license fees as established by the board; and

  • (5) Effective July 1, 2015, submits verification of at least three (3) out of the last five (5) years of satisfactory full time teaching in Hawaii or another state;
    (b) A renewable standard license may also be granted to an applicant for five (5) years provided that the individual has met the following criteria:

  • (1) Possesses a valid National Board Certification in the field for which a license is sought and holds a valid license from a state that participates in the Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Personnel;

  • (2) Obtained clearance in the professional fitness check;

  • (3) Pays license fees as established by the board; and

  • (4) Effective July 1, 2015, submits verification of at least three (3) out of the last five (5) years of satisfactory full time teaching in Hawaii or another state;
    (c) A renewable standard license may also be granted to an applicant for five (5) years provided that the individual has met the following criteria:

  • (1) Has received the Meritorious New Teacher Candidate (MNTC) designation on their valid

  • (2) teaching license from a state that is a signatory to the MNTC program;

  • (3) Obtained clearance in the professional fitness check:

  • (4) Pays license fees as established by the board; and

  • (5) Effective July 1, 2015, submits verification of at least three (3) out of the last five (5) years of satisfactory full time teaching in Hawaii or another state;
    (d) A renewable standard license may also be granted to an applicant for five (5) years provided that the individual has met the following criteria:

  • (1) Possesses a valid unrevoked teaching license from another state issued for the first time on or after July 1, 2006;

  • (2) Obtained clearance in the professional fitness check;

  • (3) Pays license fees as established by the board; and

  • (4) Effective July 1, 2015, submits verification of at least three (3) out of the last five (5) years of satisfactory full time teaching in Hawaii or another state;
    (e) A renewable standard license may also be granted to an applicant for five (5) years provided that the individual has met the following criteria:

  • (1) Possesses a valid unrevoked teaching license from another state for at least three (3) out of the last five (5) years;

  • (2) Passed all licensing tests required by the State which issued the valid license being used to apply under this section. If the other state did not test for subject area and basic skills competency the applicant must demonstrate basic skills and subject area competency in a matter prescribed by the Board;

  • (3) Obtained clearance in the professional fitness check;

  • (4) Pays license fees as established by the board; and

  • (5) Effective July 1, 2015, submits verification of at least three (3) out of the last five (5) years of satisfactory full time teaching in Hawaii or another state.
    (f) A renewable standard license may also be granted to an applicant for five (5) years provided that the individual has met the following criteria:

  • (1) Pass a board approved performance assessment normed for Hawaii in combination with any other requirements determined by a Hawaii preparation program to be recommended for licensure by the program;

  • (2) Demonstrated basic skills and subject area competency in a manner prescribed by the board;

  • (3) Obtained clearance in the professional fitness check;

  • (4) Pays license fees as established by the board; and

  • (5) Effective July 1, 2015, submits verification of at least three (3) out of the last five (5) years of satisfactory full time teaching in Hawaii or another state. [Eff. Oct 30 2014] (Auth: HRS §302A-802) (Imp: HRS §§302A-801 to -808)

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