Every Student Deserves Someone Special

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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?

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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?

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Who,

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 wants to be viewed as the best in their profession.

What,

is the role of a SPED teacher?

Serve as an educator and advocate for students with special needs

Adapt general education curriculum to meet individual student needs

Communicate and collaborate with parents, administrators, counselors and other school professionals to discuss the student’s progress, success, and needs

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When,

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!

Where,

can I get EXPERIENCE?

Search our database for Hawai‘i State Dept. of Education employment opportunities.

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Why,

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.

How,

do I earn a SPED Teaching degree?

  • First, consider your current degree status. Candidates can earn their teaching license while pursuing a bachelor or master degree. For those who already have a degree, part-time certificate program options are also available.
  • Second, decide whether you prefer campus-based learning, online learning, or a combination of both (hybrid). Not all formats are available for program options, therefore understanding your preference can help you narrow down your options.
  • Third, discuss your options with an academic advisor. Below are links to special education licensure programs at UH West O‘ahu, UH Mānoa, and UH Leeward Community College. Advisors are ready to help you learn more about the various SPED certification programs available to you.
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Licensure Programs

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

Oahu Face-to-Face
Bachelor's Degree with an Add-a-Field
K–6, 6–8, or 9–12

Online, Statewide
Post Baccalaureate Certificate
K–12