BEd, Exceptional Students & Elementary Education

How to Apply Instructions

Fall admission only*:

Priority Deadline: Feb. 1

Final Deadline: Mar. 1

Applications are not currently being accepted. Please submit the “Request More Info” form to receive a notification when the application has been re-opened.

COE Mākālei Application (free)

  • Degree: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program: BEd, Exceptional Students and Elementary Education
  • Select Program Options
    • Verify everything is correct:
      • Fall 2020
      • Licensure
      • Merged-Exceptional Students & Elementary Ed
      • Manoa Campus
      • Yes/No – if you have already received a bachelor’s degree
  • Complete Licensure Track Application Checklist
    • Apply to UH System
      • Check this box if you are already a UHM student or if you already transferred via the Ka‘ie‘ie program
      • Otherwise, apply using the steps provided below and then check the box
    • Cumulative GPA (2.75)
      • Check off that you understand. If your GPA is a little below, you can check the box with the understanding you are aware of the minimum requirement. If your GPA is below a 2.5 you would have needed to contact an OSAS advisor to discuss your options.
    • Completed 55 Credits
      • You should have verified these first with an OSAS advisor. Check the box if you have completed or are in the process of completing the requirements.
    • Completed UHM General Ed Core Requirements (may include associate degree from community college)
      • You should have verified these first with an OSAS advisor. Check the box if you have completed or are in the process of completing the requirements
    • Completed licensure track pre-requisite courses
      • You should have verified these first with an OSAS advisor. Check the box if you have completed or are in the process of completing the requirements
    • 40 hours of documented group leadership experiences
      • Upload the form, a copy can be found under “Forms & Documents”
    • Interview with program
      • Follow instructions on the link given to schedule your interview. Download the copy, mark the date in your calendar, and then check the box.
    • Personal statement/essay
      • You can draft your response in Word or another word processor and then copy and paste into the box. Don’t check the box until it is complete, as you won’t be able to go back in and edit.
    • Three professional references
      • You need to include the name, email, phone number, and relationship for three references
    • Repeated courses, if any
      • If you have repeated courses, you can list them here. Otherwise, just check the box.

If you are not currently a UH Mānoa student, you must also complete and submit the online application to UH Mānoa ($70) and send official transcripts

  1. Start a new UH System Application:
    • Step 1: About You
      1. Personal Info
      2. Address
      3. Your Family (Optional)
        • Fill this out if you want your parents to receive marketing information for attending UH Mānoa
      4. Citizenship
        • International Students are not eligible to apply to this program.
      5. Ethnicity (Optional)
      6. Other Background (Optional)
    • Step 2: Your Academics
      • Enrollment Plans
        • Select Fall 2020
        • List estimated number of credits completed
        • Planned Course of Study: Elem Ed & Special Education – BEd
      • College Information
        • You can list up to 4
      • Unofficial Transcripts
        • Not required, but if you have them go ahead and upload them.
    • Step 3: Certify everything is correct
      • Submit Application and pay $70 fee (non-refundable)
graduation cap iconTranscripts
Official transcripts must be submitted directly from your college or university to UH Mānoa. You are required to submit transcripts from each post-secondary institution you have attended (excluding any University of Hawaiʻi System institution: UHM, UHH, UHWO, or any Hawaii Community College). Unofficial, faxed, hand-carried, or student copies of academic documents will not be accepted.
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Send transcripts to:
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Office of Admissions
2600 Campus Road, Room 001
Honolulu, HI 96822-2385
Due to campus closures, please send electronic transcripts for Fall 2020 admissions. The admissions office is unable to receive transcripts by mail at this time. If electronic transcripts are not available, please submit unofficial transcripts for now.
If submitting official electronic transcripts, please send them to:

If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact one of our academic advisors at the Office of Academic Services,, (808) 956-7915.