The College of Education Department of Special Education (SPED) is offering a new Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Special Education degree beginning Fall 2022. Funding is available for participants who commit to teaching at least three years in a Hawaiʽi Department of Education (HIDOE) public school.
The BEd in SPED is a 63-credit program that is completed in the final two years of a bachelor’s degree. Accessible from any island through online hybrid delivery, the program is available in two tracks – Secondary (mild/moderate) and PreK–12 (severe/autism).
SPED Chair Jenny Wells said, “We are excited to offer this bachelor’s degree program as it makes it possible for students to complete a teacher licensure program in special education from their home islands. There is a tremendous need for special educators across the state. Those exiting this program with their BEd in Special Education will be extremely well prepared to meet the challenges and reap the rewards of teaching students with disabilities.”
The SPED department provides baccalaureate and post baccalaureate degrees that prepare educators to become eligible for licensure in special education. The department offers undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, master’s, and PhD programs with track options in mild/moderate and severe/autism at preschool through secondary grade levels.
Students in the new BEd in SPED cohort who are currently working in special education or inclusive settings may be able to continue working throughout the program. Connect with the SPED Recruitment Specialist at http://go.hawaii.edu/QJx to find out if this program is a good fit for you and ask any additional questions you may have. Priority deadline for Fall 2022 is May 1, 2022.