ACSAP : Welcome

Aloha and Welcome to the Alternative Certification for School Administrator Program Website


Applications for Cohort #2 has closed, the deadline was January 18, 2013.

The program support as described on this website will not be continued for subsequent cohorts, primarily because Cohorts #1 and #2 were supported through Race to the Top funds and that funding support will end in September 2014. Any future inquiries regarding this program will need to be addressed to the HDOE Professional Development and Educational Research Institute of the Office of Human Resources at (808) 832-3201.

The Alternative Certification for School Administrator Program is a Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) program funded by the state’s Race to the Top (RTTT) initiative. This exciting program provides exceptional applicants with high leadership potential the chance to earn certification as a school administrator. While employed by the HIDOE, candidates will gain experience as a vice-principal during their residency period. The new rules that allow this alternative path to certification were approved by the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) in May, and signed by Governor Neil Abercrombie in June.

The goals of this program are to: 1) expand the Department’s administrator preparation program, 2) attract exceptional applicants with high leadership potential, 3) ensure that the program prepares its candidates to fulfill their roles and responsibilities in improving student learning, 4) address shortages in high-need schools or areas, and 5) increase the applicant pool eligible for service in any public school.

This program is unique in that it provides:

  • Candidates without teaching or school-level experiences with the credentials to purse certification and a career in school administration.
  • Authentic job-embedded, immersive experiences as a Vice-Principal upon candidate’s acceptance into the program.
  • Education Leadership Program courses delivered by faculty from Chaminade University and School Turnaround, with a specific focus on managing change and leading school turnaround.
  • Coaching by skilled mentors throughout the first year of the program as candidates put the concepts and skills learned into practice.

Are you a person who:

  • Has led a group of people to problem solve an organizational issue related to improving results?
  • Has had experience in the implementation of the full spectrum of leadership responsibilities?
  • Sustained open and clear communication among all stakeholders?
  • Developed a strong culture of teaming and yet was not afraid to make and take responsibility of hard and unpopular decisions when they needed to be made?
  • Demonstrates a willingness to continually learn and improve his/her skills and knowledge, especially in the fundamentals of strong teaching and learning?
  • Has worked with young people in some capacity (other than parenting) and enjoyed doing so?
  • Possesses a sense of urgency about increasing the success of Hawaii’s children and is willing to back this up with tremendous energy and commitment?

If your answer to all of the questions listed above is a resounding "YES," then:

  1. Email Katherine Kawaguchi, Program Director, at:

    Inform her of your interest in applying for this program. In your email, please include:
    • Name
    • Email address
    • Mailing Address
  2. Review the Candidate Requirements by clicking on the items listed in the sidebar and assess the degree to which you will able to meet all of the candidate requirements
  3. Attend a Community Informational Meeting where Chaminade and DOE personnel will review the program requirements and answer any program-based questions you may have. The date, time and place for the Oahu Community Informational Meeting will be posted on this website by October 22, 2012.

Mahalo for visiting the Alternative Certification for
School Administrator Program site.