Become a Licensed Special Education Teacher

How to Apply Instructions

Applications will begin on December 1, 2020 for the Fall 2021 enrollment period.
Fall admission only:

Priority Deadline: Feb. 1

Final Deadline: Mar. 1

You must submit BOTH online applications prior to the deadline to be eligible for admissions:

(1) COE Mākālei Application, and (2) UH Mānoa System Application.

You do not need to complete the applications in the given order, as both applications can be worked on and submitted up until the final deadline.

COE Mākālei Application (free)

Go to: makalei.coe.hawaii.edu

  • Degree: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, 
  • Program: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Special Education (PBSPED)
  • Select Program Options
    • Verify everything is correct:
      • Fall 2021
      • Licensure
      • CHOOSE TRACK: Mild/Moderate or Severe/Autism
      • Statewide
      • CHOOSE LOCATION: Which island you will be pursuing the program from
  • Complete Licensure Track Application Checklist
    • Gainful Employment Information
      • This is an institutional requirement for certificate programs. You can read the information if interested. Check the box.
    • Apply to UH System
      • The directions for submitting this application are shared after this application. Check the box when complete. 
    • Completed Baccalaureate Degree
      • Check the box if you have a bachelor’s degree or will finish your degree prior to Fall 2021.
    • Cumulative GPA
      • Check off that you understand. If your GPA is a little below the 2.75 requirement, you can check the box with the understanding you are aware. If your GPA is below a 2.5 you would have needed to contact an OSAS advisor about pursuing amnesty otherwise you will not be admissable. Those who already pursued amnesty can check the box.
    • Video Recorded Responses
    • Statement of Objectives
      • You can draft your response in Word or another word processor and then copy and paste into the box. Don’t check the box until it is complete, as you won’t be able to go back in and edit.
    • Resumé
      • Upload using the link and naming conventions provided
    • Three Professional References
      • You need to include the name, email, phone number, and relationship for three references. They will automatically be emailed a form to fill out on your behalf. 
    • Repeated courses, if any
      • If you have repeated courses, you can list them here. This is needed if your GPA is close to or below the 2.75 requirement. Otherwise, check the box.

UH Mānoa System Application ($70) + Official Transcripts

  1. Start a new UH System Application: https://www.uh-manoa.org/transfer/
    • Step 1: About You
      1. Personal Info
      2. Address
      3. Your Family (SKIP)
      4. Citizenship
        • International Students are not eligible to apply to this program.
      5. Ethnicity (Optional)
      6. Other Background (Optional)
    •  Step 2: Your Academics
      • Enrollment Plans
        • Select Fall 2021
        • List estimated number of credits completed (SKIP)
        • Planned Course of Study: Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Special Education
          • It’s all the way at the bottom of the list
          • Do not choose secondary, that is a different program
      • College Information
        • You can list up to 4
      • Unofficial Transcripts
        • Not required, but if you have them go ahead and upload them.
    • Step 3: Certify everything is correct
      • Submit Application and pay $70 fee (non-refundable)
graduation cap iconTranscripts
Official transcripts must be submitted directly from your undergraduate institution to UH Mānoa. For the Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Special Education program, you are only required to submit transcripts from the institution you received your bachelor’s degree. However, if you received your degree from a University of Hawaiʻi System institution: UHM, UHH, UHWO, or any Hawaii Community College, official transcripts do not need to be sent as they are already in the UH System.
Unofficial, faxed, hand-carried, or student copies of academic documents will not be accepted as official transcripts. 
When possible, please send official electronic transcripts for admissions to: manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu.
If electronic transcripts are not available, please submit unofficial transcripts for now and then mail an official transcript to the address below:
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Send transcripts to:
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Office of Admissions
2600 Campus Road, Room 001
Honolulu, HI 96822-2385

If you have any questions regarding these requirements or need assistance with the application process, please contact spedinfo@hawaii.edu.