PB Certificate in Special Education

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Upon successful completion of this certificate, you will be recommended for initial teacher licensure to the Hawai`i Teachers Standards Board (HTSB) to teach students in special education (PK-3, K-6, 7-12) with a Mild/Moderate or Severe/Autism specialization.

Special Education Career Expectations/Info

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

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About the Programs (Campus-Based Day and Statewide Hybrid )

  • Two-year cohorted program
  • Applications accepted for Fall semester only
  • Field experience with a mentor teacher
  • Coursework in the program is linked closely with students’ field experience placements
  • Pass Praxis II Content Knowledge test prior to student teaching
  • 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 students
  • confirm your interest and comfort level with these students


Students listening intently in class

Quick Facts

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