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.

Class Type, License, & Certification

Statewide Program (online/hybrid format):  This program is for those who already have a Bachelor’s Degree but wish to obtain their teaching license in special education. Upon completion of this certificate, you 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. Possibility to teach in an appropriate special education setting while in the program, upon department approval.

Possible stipends (31 credits) may be available to candidates who commit to teaching SPED in a Hawai'i DOE school for a minimum of 3 years. Please contact SPED advisor for more information.

Coursework Total Credits: 31

Candidates must complete a total of 31 credits of coursework. Coursework includes prerequisites, core courses and field work.

*Prerequisites

Take one of the following, according to chosen program emphasis:

  • SPED 304: Foundations of Inclusive Schooling (Mild/Moderate program)
  • SPED 412: Individuals with Severe Disabilities (Severe/Autism program)

*Prerequisite courses are offered online in the summer prior to the start of the program. A prerequisite SPED Orientation weekend is required right before the start of the program in Fall. Information to register for orientation is provided upon admission.

Core Courses

Mild/Moderate Program

  • SPED 611: Methods and Strategies
  • SPED 603: Principles of Behavior
  • SPED 601: Technology for Diverse Learners: Access, Accommodations, and Universal Design
  • SPED 613: Advanced Assessment and Curriculum Development
  • SPED 620: Strategies Across Content Area
  • SPED 621: Language Arts Strategies—Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • SPED 635: Procedures for Early Childhood Special Education

OR

  • SPED 652: Transition/Supported Employment

Severe/Autism Program:

  • SPED 462: Assessment, Planning, and Instruction—Severe/Autism
  • SPED 603: Principles of Behavior
  • SPED 614: Assessment and Instruction—Severe/Autism
  • SPED 630: Positive Behavioral Support—Severe/Autism
  • SPED 632: Language /Communication Intervention—Communication Disorders/Autism
  • SPED 618: Adaptations and Special Procedures—Severe/Autism
  • SPED 635: Procedures for Early Childhood Special Education

OR

  • SPED 652: Transition/Supported Employment

Field Work

  • SPED 526 a/b: Field Experience in Special Education (2 credits each)
  • SPED 528 a/b: Student Teaching Internship (3 credits each)

Candidates will be placed with a cooperating special education teacher in a DOE school or, upon approval from the department, they may teach in an appropriate special education setting while in the program.

Careers

Graduates can become special education teachers of children with disabilities according to their program emphasis (Mild/Moderate or Severe/Autism). Graduates can also seek employment opportunities in child-serving nonprofit agencies serving children with disabilities (ie. Easter Seals).

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Quick Facts

Credits:
31
Teacher Licensure:
Yes
Online Classes:
Yes
Evening Classes:
Yes
Admissions:
Fall
Typical Length (Months):
24

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