PB Certificate in Special Education

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The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Special Education is a statewide, two-year, field-based program designed for those pursuing careers in teaching who have earned baccalaureate degrees in fields other than education. This program has two options:

1. The Mild/Moderate program prepares candidates to work with the largest population of students with disabilities. These students typically have learning disabilities, ADHD, or other high incidence disabilities. They typically follow an academic curriculum in the general education setting or special education resource setting.

2. The Severe/Autism program prepares candidates to work with individuals with disablities who need support learning functional academic and life skills (communication, social competence, and adaptive behavior). This emphasis focuses on improving the quality of life for students who may require more comprehensive support. This includes students with low-incidence disablities (e.g. intellectual disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, multiple impairments).

Class Type, License, & Certification

STATEWIDE PROGRAM (online/hybrid): Part-time, cohorted program. Primarily online courses with limited face-to-face meetings each semester. Neighbor island candidates travel to Oahu on select weekends; some financial support is provided to assist with travel. Field placements* are assigned by the field coordinator for candidates to teach in a special education classroom with a licensed special education teacher. Upon completion of this program, qualified candidates will be recommended for initial teacher licensure in special education (PK-3, K-6, OR 6-12) with a mild/moderate or severe/autism specialization.

*Candidates who are/will be employed as a special education teacher, and are considering using their position to fulfill field requirements, must obtain departmental approval.

Coursework

Mild/Moderate Emphasis

Fall 1 (8 credits)
  • SPED 611: Methods and Strategies (3 credits)
  • SPED 603: Principles of Behavior (3 credits)
  • SPED 526a: Field Experience in Special Ed. (2 credits)
Spring 1 (8 credits)
  • SPED 613: Adv. Assessment & Curriculum Devel. (3 credits)
  • SPED 621: Language Arts Stategies (3 credits)
  • SPED 526b: Field Experience in Special Ed. (3 credits)
Fall 2 (8 credits)
  • SPED 620: Strategies Across Content Areas (3 credits)
  • SPED 601: Technology for Diverse Learners (3 credits)
  • SPED 528a: Field Experience in Special Ed. (2 credits)
Spring 2 (6 credits)
  • SPED 528b: *Student Teaching (6 credits)

*Candidates must pass PRAXIS Subject Assessment prior to student teaching

Summer (3 credits)
  • SPED 635: Procedures for Early Childhood Special Ed. (3 credits)

OR

  • SPED 652: Transition/Supported Employment (3 credits)

Severe/Autism Emphasis

 

Fall 1 (8 credits)
  • SPED 462: Assessment, Planning, & Instruction (3 credits)
  • SPED 603: Principles of Behavior (3 credits)
  • SPED 526a: Field Experience in Special Ed. (2 credits)
Spring 1 (8 credits)
  • SPED 614: Assessment & Instruction (3 credits)
  • SPED 618: Adaptations & Special Procedures (3 credits)
  • SPED 526b: Field Experience in Special Ed. (2 credits)
Fall 2 (8 credits)
  • SPED 630: Positive Behavior Support (3 credits)
  • SPED 632: Lang./Communication Intervention (3 credits)
  • SPED 528a: Field Experience in Special Ed. (3 credits)
Spring 2 (6 credits)
  • SPED 528b: *Student Teaching (6 credits)

*Candidates must pass PRAXIS Subject Assessment

prior

Summer (3 credits)
  • SPED 635: Procedures for Early Childhood Special Ed. (3 credits)

OR

  • SPED 652: Transition/Supported Employment (3 credits)

 

Advise Me!

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PB SPED: Mild or Moderate Disabilities                              PB SPED: Severe Disabilities or Autism 

 

 

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Quick Facts

Credits:
33
HSTB Add A Field:
No
Teacher Licensure:
Yes
Online Classes:
Yes
Evening Classes:
Yes
Admissions:
Fall
Typical Length (Months):
24

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