BEd Dual Prep; Elementary & SPED

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Upon successful completion of this degree you will be recommended for initial teacher licensure to the Hawai`i Teachers Standards Board (HTSB) to teach kindergarten through sixth grade (K-6) in a general education classroom. You will also be recommended for licensure in special education (K-6). The dual preparation program prepares graduates to work with students with disabilities in a classroom setting.

Career Expectations and Information

  • Teacher candidates are eligible for two licenses
    • Elementary Education (K-6)
    • Special Education (SPED, K-6)

K-6 teachers are:

  • typically responsible for the instruction of all core subject areas for a class of approximately 25 students
  • expected to meet the academic, organizational, behavioral, and professional goals of highly qualified teachers in the United States
  • help provide the early academic and social experiences that build a foundation for future success

SPED teachers assist children who do not benefit from traditional educational programs by:

  • teaching students with special needs
  • helping others to teach students with special needs
  • adapting and individualizing instruction to help students with special needs

About this Program

  • Attend a two-year cohorted program
    • Groups of approximately 22 students
    • Cohorts take most of their courses together
  • Applications accepted for Fall semester only
    • Priority Deadline - February 1
    • Final Deadline - March 1
  • Expect to attend as a full-time student
  • Complete all courses prior to student teaching
  • Pass PRAXIS II Content Knowledge prior to student teaching
  • Gain field experience with a mentor teacher
    • Three semesters of field experience
    • One semester (final semester) student teaching
  • Program coursework is closely linked with field experience and student teaching
  • SPED requires additional coursework of 15 credits
  • Additional program requirements
    • Liability insurance
    • Laptop computer
    • Fingerprinting/background check

Getting Started

Spend time volunteering or working with these students
These experiences can help you:

  • gain insight into teaching
  • better understand the needs of these groups of students
  • confirm your interest and comfort level with these groups of students
  • fulfill one of your admissions requirements

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