In Their Words — Hear from special education teachers, students, and their parents.
Derek Govin — Ewa Makai Middle School SPEDucator
Sean Witwer — Farrington High School SPEDucator
Pamela Walencewicz — Waikoloa Elem & Middle School SPEDucator
Could this be you?
Every student needs a champion — someone who believes in them, treats them as equal and helps them accomplish what others think is impossible. It’s a profession that takes a special someone.
Could that someone be you?
should become a Special Ed (SPED) teacher?
- Someone who believes every student is equal and every day is a chance to change a life.
- Someone who is patient, compassionate and works creatively to engage and inspire students.
- Someone who finds satisfaction in helping others.
- Someone who appreciates the challenges and rewards that come from making a real difference in others lives.
is the best time to become a SPED teacher? Now!
There are many pathways and program options available to those who are ready to take the next step or explore this career further. To receive personalized support, complete the inquiry form below and our UH Mānoa special education recruitment specialist can share program information, answer your questions, and assist with the application process during our next enrollment period. We look forward to supporting you on your path to teaching!
can I get EXPERIENCE?
Search our database for Hawai‘i State Dept. of Education employment opportunities.
are SPED teachers in such high demand?
Being a SPED teacher is challenging, demanding and definitely not for everyone. But, if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re a good fit. And, if you’re a good fit, this will be the most rewarding “job” you’ve ever had.
Licensure Programs in Special Education
Bachelor's Degree with 2 teaching licenses at early childhood(PK-3) level – Statewide
Bachelor's Degree with 2 teaching licenses at elementary (K-6) level – Oahu
Post Baccalaureate Certificate for those who already earned a degree – Statewide
Masters's Degree dual licensure program in Secondary & Special Education – Statewide