Become a Licensed Special Education Teacher

Apply Now Instructions

Deadlines to apply: (Fall admission only)

Priority Deadline: Feb. 1

Final Deadline: Mar. 1

You must submit two online applications:

1. COE Makalei Application (free)

  • Select:
    • Degree: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
    • Program: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Special Education
    • Semester: Fall
    • Major: Mild/Moderate or Severe/Autism
  • Licensure Track Application Checklist, check off all to submit application:
    • Apply to UH System (Information provided below)
    • Completed Baccalaureate Degree
    • Cumulative GPA 2.75
    • Completed licensure track pre-requisite courses (pre-requisite courses may be taken the summer after applications, just check the box acknowledging you are aware of this requirement)
    • Video-Recorded Responses (use link provided)
    • Upload resumé
    • Three professional references (i.e., name, email, phone number, and relationship)
    • Repeated courses, if any
    • Statement of Objectives
    • Praxis Core: Writing (must be registered at time of submitting application, please check the box and email confirmation of registering to

2. UH Mānoa System Application ($70)

  • Go to First Time Users: “Create a Login ID and Pin(You can use this even if you were a UH student in the past. Be sure to write down your login and pin number down somewhere safe so you can come back to the application later if needed.)
    1. Institution: UH Manoa
    2. Site: UH Manoa Main Campus
    3. Application Type: “Undergrad Transfer and Returning
    4. Application Term: Fall
    5. Planned Course of Study: Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Special Education
    6. Concentration: leave blank, as options are not provided
  • Application fee $70 (non-refundable) (if you see $100 as your payment, it means you completed the wrong application)


Official transcripts must be submitted directly from your college or university to UH Mānoa. You are required to submit transcripts from each institution you have attended (excluding any University of Hawaiʻi System institution). Unofficial, faxed, hand-carried, or student copies of academic documents will not be accepted.
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Mail transcripts to:
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Office of Admissions
2600 Campus Road, Room 001
Honolulu, HI 96822-2385

If submitting official electronic transcripts, please email them to:

If you are not a U.S. citizen, are a non-native speaker of English, or have been educated in a country other than the United States, refer to the International Admission Process.


If you have any questions regarding these requirements or need assistance with the application process, please contact

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