Become a Licensed Special Education Teacher (PK-3, K-6, or 6-12)

Apply Now Instructions

Spring admission only:

The application process consists of TWO parts. Both parts must be completed prior to the deadline. The application period is open from May 1 to Oct 1. If you have any questions regarding these requirements or need assistance with the application process, please contact coeinfo@hawaii.edu

COE Mākālei Application (free)

Start your College of Education Mākālei application: makalei.coe.hawaii.edu

  • Category: Apply to a Licensure Track Program
  • Program:  Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Special Education (PBSPED)
  • Semester: Spring 2025 
  • Select Program Options
    • CHOOSE LICENSURE TYPE: Make sure you choose Licensure (Note: Add-a-Field option is for those who are already licensed teachers in other fields)
    • CHOOSE MAJOR (SPECIALIZATION TRACK): Mild/Moderate or Severe/Autism
    • CHOOSE LOCATION: Which island you will be pursuing the program from
  • Complete Licensure Track Application Checklist
    • Verify you read the Gainful Employment Information
    • Verify you understand you will also need to submit your UH System Transfer Application once it is open.
    • Upload unofficial transcripts to Verify Eligibility (i.e., bachelor’s degree or higher, GPA of 2.75 or higher)
    • Complete your Video Recorded Responses & Essay
    • Write your Personal Statement/Essay
      • Think of the most influential teacher you have had.
        1. Tell us who that person is (including their name, level, and school) and how/why that person impacted you the most.
        2. Then tell us what unique qualities and skills you have that would make you a successful teacher.
    • Upload your Resumé
    • Input contact information for Three Professional References
    • Input Repeated courses, if any
    • Verify Prior Post-Secondary Program Enrollment
  • Submit Makalei Application

Note: More detailed information and tips for completing these checklist requirements are automatically shared with those who start their Mākālei application. 

UH Mānoa System Application ($70 – fee waiver available for Hawaii residents)

Note: The UH System Application will not be open until July. Please work on your College of Education Mākālei application for now and we will notify you once the UH System application is available.

Because this program is charged undergraduate tuition rates, please do not submit a Graduate Division application when applying to this program. Use the link provided.

Start a new UH System Application

Note: Please only use one email address for your UH application – if you log into your application and change the email address in your file during or after you submit your application, it will delay processing and admissions decisions.

    • About You
      • This section includes: Personal Information, Your Address, Your Family (skip), Citizenship, Race & Ethnicity, and Other Background
    • Your Academics
      • Your UH Mānoa Plans
        • Choose 2nd Bachelor
        • Planned Course of Study: Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Special Education (Spring Admission only)
        • Number of transfer credits: You can skip by putting ‘0’
      • Previous College Coursework: Please list the institution where you received your bachelor’s degree and any coursework thereafter.
      • Unofficial Transcripts: Upload a copy if you have them
      • SKIP – Personal Statement & Achievement sections (not needed)
    • Final Steps
      • Tuition Classifications – Complete the Residency Classification information
      • Request an Application Fee Waiver – All Hawaii residents are eligible for the application fee waiver. Submit and wait for confirmation of approval prior to fully submitting the application.
      • Final Step: Verify everything is correct by checking ‘Yes’

Once you finish submitting your UH application, please send official transcripts if you received your bachelor’s degree or higher from a non-UH institution. If you received your degree from a University of Hawaiʻi System institution (i.e., UHM, UHH, UHWO, or any Hawaii Community College) you do not need to send any official transcripts.

graduation cap iconOfficial Transcripts
Official transcripts for non-UH institutions must be submitted directly from the 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 and any additional institutions you attended thereafter. Unofficial, faxed, hand-carried, or student copies of academic documents will not be accepted as official transcripts. 
Email for Electronic Official Transcripts: manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu
Mailing Address for Official Transcripts:
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Office of Admissions
2600 Campus Road, Room 001
Honolulu, HI 96822-2385

Apply Now Through Makalei