When will we find out if we were admitted to the PhD program?

Graduate Division notifies each applicant of the decision on the application. Official notification of acceptance or rejection is generally mailed between February and June for all admissions, depending on when the application was completed and when the decision was reached. However, most notifications are sent in April and May. Incomplete applications are not considered for … read more of When will we find out if we were admitted to the PhD program?

What research areas do the program faculty specialize in?

Full Members of the Graduate Faculty (may chair or serve on dissertation committees): Rhonda S. Black, Ed.D., Professor (rblack@hawaii.edu) Research Areas: transition, secondary special education, social competence and integration, teacher education, disability in media Sara Cook, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (cothren@hawaii.edu) Research Areas: learning disabilities, evidence based practices, co-teaching, pre-service teacher education, assessment in special education … read more of What research areas do the program faculty specialize in?

Is there a cut-off score for the GRE?

There is no specific cut-off score used as the review committee will review the entire application package holistically to determine fit for the program. The GRE is one component of the entire application package.

Are there additional requirements for international applicants?

The foreign student application deadline is January 15. In addition to general application materials, a TOEFL score of 600 for applicants from foreign countries where English is not the dominant language (regardless of degree completion from other US institutions); and financial status verification is required. Please refer to the International Student website for more detailed … read more of Are there additional requirements for international applicants?

What is the field of Exceptionalities?

The field of Exceptionalities is concerned with services and education for individuals who have unique needs, often due to disabilities. The field is broad; addressing lifespan concerns, and involving such services as special education, advocacy, family support, community services, and vocational and postsecondary education and support services. A number of common underpinnings serve as the … read more of What is the field of Exceptionalities?

Do I need to take the GRE?

No, we no longer require the GRE as an admissions requirement to our MEd programs. However, instead you will be expected to write a timed, 30-minute essay as part of the video recorded response component of the application process.

What are synchronous online classes like?

For our online programs, classes will be presented through the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Laulima course site. Each course has a website that includes various components, such as the syllabus, course schedule, assignments, quizzes/tests, and other resources. Some courses may include recorded video lectures. Students should expect to study/work approximately 9 hours per week … read more of What are synchronous online classes like?

What is the Literacy Specialist Portfolio?

Candidates will complete a Literacy Specialist Portfolio as the capstone project as a part of this program. The portfolio for the Literacy Specialist program is an electronic portfolio in which candidates showcase their learning aligned with the International Literacy Association Standards for Reading/Literacy Specialists and International Dyslexia Standards. The Portfolio is comprised of artifacts based … read more of What is the Literacy Specialist Portfolio?