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The M.Ed. in Special Education-Interdisciplinary 30 credit (plus 1 credit ETEC 501) is a state-wide program designed for those who:

  • (a) are already licensed in special education and wish to pursue a master's degree for career advancement, or 
  • (b) desire a master's degree without teacher licensure, such as those working in non-classroom-based services/settings or working with adults with disabilities.


Delivery Options

These programs will incorporate “hybrid” classes that are taught online in addition to condensed weekend formats. The nature of such a program requires a moderate amount of computer literacy and comfort. It also requires self-discipline to maintain the pace of the course between classes. If you are unsure of your comfort in working online or your ability to maintain progress between face-to-face classes, consult an advisor prior to applying.

  • Accommodates candidates who are employed
  • Classes taught online, via interactive web-based course delivery (Elluminate & Laulima/Sakai) or face to face on your island during non-working hours. 
  • Face to face interaction and student travel may be required. Options include: up to 3 weekends (Friday - Sunday), face to face meetings with instructor on your island, & scheduled synchronous sessions online or HITS. 
  • Classes may include Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays
  • A stipend covering partial air travel and overnight accommodations (double occupancy) will be provided to students who must travel inter-island Students are responsible for meals, taxes, travel to/from airport(s) and other travel-related expenses
  • Access to a computer (Windows XP/Vista; Macintosh System OSX 10.3+); Microsoft Office software (MS Access not required), printer, and an Internet connection are required
  • It is strongly recommended that the above resources are available in the student’s home or another location with immediate and convenient access


Special Education Core (15)

  • SPED 602: Special Education Laws & Compliance (3)
  • SPED 641: Seminar in Issues in Special Education (3)
  • SPED 642: Seminar on Applied Research/SPED (3)
  • SPED 688: Research Practicum in Special Education (3)
  • SPED 695: Plan B Master's Project (3)

Electives (15)

15 credits of electives to inform the area of study of special education. Approved by advisor.

*Interdisciplinary program does not lead to a teaching license.


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