Be the teacher
every student, with & without disabilities, deserves.
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?
Meet a collective of special education teachers from across the state who share about how they got into the profession and what they love about teaching special education! If you're curious about the types of characteristics and motivations that are often found by those interested in this profession, check out a summary of some recent local research findings.
What is it like teaching in Hawai‘i?
Hawai‘i is a unique state, with its rich and diverse culture, beautiful landscapes, and focus on community and family. Learn more about some of the unique features of the state that makes it even more special.
Watch this video to hear the experiences of special education teachers who moved to Hawai‘i to teach and share tips for others who may be considering making the move!
should I start? How can I get experience?
There are many ways to get involved or find employment in working with individuals with disabilities:
- Volunteer with a local organization.
- Join the Hawaii-CEC Community unit.
- Work in a non-teaching position, such as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), Educational Assistant, Part-time Teacher, or Substitute.
- Work in a teaching position as an emergency-hire teacher if you already have a bachelor's degree and pursue one of our licensure programs.
is special education so special? Why is it important to have good special education teachers?