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Online degree programs hope to create HI teachers

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu university's online teaching degree
programs attempt to address a statewide need for local educators.

Chaminade University announced Friday the online degree offerings
allow aspiring educators across the Hawaiian islands to pursue
teaching careers even if they are unable to attend traditional
classes.

The private university's newest fully online degree program is the
bachelor of science in elementary education. Other programs include
master of arts in teaching with licensure in elementary, secondary and
special education.

The university says the programs will fill the need for local educators.

Hawaii Department of Education Personnel Specialist Kerry Tom says
Hawaii doesn't have enough local educators to fill teaching positions,
especially in special education.

Hawaii often has to reach out to mainland teachers to fill positions.



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