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.
The Department of Special Education provides Baccalaureate and Post Baccalaureate degrees in Special Education that prepare educators to become eligible for licensure in Special Education. The Department of Special Education offers undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, Master’s and PhD programs for individuals pursuing licensure to teach students with disabilities and for those not pursuing teacher licensure.
Licensure programs are available in conjunction with Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees and a post-baccalaureate certificate program. Program options include mild/moderate disabilities and severe disabilities/autism, at preschool through secondary grade levels. In addition, the Department offers Masters and Doctorate Degrees for those who wish to work as professionals in human service areas that serve individuals with disabilities or those who want to take a leadership position within the field of Special Education.
Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing educators who desire to help children reach their potential. Prepare to make a difference!
Jenny Wells Professor, Department Chair
"Our highly trained and experienced faculty are always in pursuit of excellence in their field, ensuring that students receive the most current and relevant training available."
Rhonda Black Professor
"We learn when we relate to someone or something. That sparks our interest and attention so that we can create meaningful connections."
Sara Cook Associate Professor
"As a professor, I feel it is my responsibility to ensure that all students I work with become smart consumers of educational practices, understand the importance of and how to implement practices with fidelity, and know how to advocate for appropriate services for students with disabilities."