Special Education

The vision of the UHM Department of Special Education is an inclusive society that values the abilities and contributions of all. Our mission is to promote equity, access, and inclusion for individuals with exceptionalities.

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Program

BEd Early Childhood/Early Childhood SPED

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Michael Samiano

Michael Samiano ESEE 2013-2015 Cohort, Exceptional Students and Elementary Education Alumnus

"Even now, my coordinator still meets with us and lets us vent, talk strategy, and bounce ideas off of each other. The support doesn't end after graduation."

Research
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Victims and victors: Representation of physical disability on the silver screen

Black, R. S., & Pretes, L. (2007). Victims and victors: Representation of physical disability on the silver screen. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 32(1), 66–83.

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Zellie Kamahele

Zellie Kamahele ESEE 2017-2019 Cohort, BEd in Exceptional Students and Elementary Education (ESEE) Student

"I hope to make a difference in the special education field by helping students receive the inclusive and individualized education they deserve."

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Denise Gallagher

Denise Gallagher Special Education MEd Alumna

"I heard about the Literacy Specialist Program and knew it would help me do right by ALL my students."

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A systematic review of teacher-delivered behavior-specific praise on K-12 student performance

Royer, D. J., Lane, K. L., Dunlap, K. D., & Ennis, R. P. (2019). A systematic review of teacher-delivered behavior-specific praise on K-12 student performance. Remedial and Special Education, 40(2), 112–128.

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Robin Dazzeo

Robin Dazzeo PBSPED, Mild/Moderate 2015-2017 Cohort, Special Education Post-Baccalaureate Student

"As an emergency hire for the Hawai‘i Department of Education, I am so grateful for the support I have received from the college’s MUSE mentoring program."

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Systematically applying UDL to effective practices for students with learning disabilities.

Cook, S. E. C., & Rao, K. (2018). Systematically Applying UDL to Effective Practices for Students With Learning Disabilities . Learning Disability Quarterly, 41, 179–191.