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We are excited to announce a new funding & program opportunity available through a partnership between the Hawaii DOE (HIDOE) and UH – Mānoa, Department of Special Education. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to increase the level of reading intervention expertise within the HIDOE by training personnel to become eligible for certification and licensure as a Reading Specialist, who focuses on reading instruction with students with disabilities in public and charter schools.

Presentation Slides from the April 18, 2022 Information Session

The Reading Interventionist Program trains candidates to apply the Science of Reading to meet the needs of their current and future students. With integrated practica each semester, program candidates receive expert guidance as they learn to apply their new knowledge with real students in need of additional support. Our candidates learn the foundations of reading development and oral language, advanced assessment and intervention planning skills, and diagnostic-prescriptive reading intervention practices to meet the needs of each and every student.

This program can be completed in one year (Summer – Fall – Spring) and includes 4 content courses (12 credits) and 3 clinical practicums (6 credits). This program incorporates International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Standards and candidates will be eligible to sit for the IDA, Center for Effective Reading Instruction: KPEERI exam in order to receive the CERI Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist (C-SLDS) certificate.

The Reading Interventionist program funding opportunity will support a total of 60 candidates – three cohorts of 20 candidates each. The first cohort began in Summer 2022, the second cohort will begin Summer 2023, and the third cohort will begin Summer 2024. 

Eligibility Criteria & Priority Considerations

This funding opportunity is intended to support the training of educators to provide intensive reading intervention to students with disabilities in Hawaii public and charter schools.  All candidates who receive funding must accept/maintain a position that focuses on providing intensive reading intervention for special education students in the public school for three years. There is a 3-year service payback required within that role.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Employed by Hawaii DOE
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Licensed in special education or dual certified in general education and special education
    • Note: candidates will need to teach in a special education position and serve in this capacity after completion of the program

Additional Priority Considerations for Funding

  • Employed in a Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI)  or Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school, and/or geographically hard-to-fill school
  • Currently in a PreK-6 special education teaching line, or a district resource teacher who provides instructional support to special education teachers
  • Signed principal agreement and letter of recommendation form to support goals of the program

Master in Special Education (MEd SPED) Option

For those interested in also obtaining a master’s degree in special education, the four content courses (12 credits) for the Reading Interventionist program may be applied towards the MEd in Special Education, Interdisciplinary-Track (MEd SPED). Interested candidates would apply for the Reading Interventionist course sequence first, and then would apply to the MEd SPED program for the following Fall admissions cycle.

Note. The DOE stipend would not cover additional courses as required in the master’s degree program option, which would be an additional 19 credits. If interested in pursuing this option, please let the recruitment specialist know you can be notified when applications to the master’s degree option opens (spedinfo@hawaii.edu).

Application Materials

All applicants must submit a College of Education, Makalei application, which will include submitting the following:

  • Outreach College Application
  • Transcripts (unofficial accepted)
  • Copy of HTSB license in special education
  • Video Recorded Responses & Essay: Complete a web-based recorded interview and write a 30-minute timed personal statement response
  • Provide 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • One letter must be from your principal or direct supervisor if employed at the district level. Please share this Principal/Direct Supervisor Agreement and Letter of Recommendation Form with your recommender.
    • Your second letter can be from anyone else of your choosing that would be able to attest to your experiences, qualifications, and ability to complete this program.
Service Agreement Requirements

If accepted and awarded funding, candidates must:

  • Sign contract/promissory note with HIDOE for stipend payment of tuition for coursework in return for a 3-year commitment to teach in a special education setting in a Hawaii public or charter school that focuses on remediation of students with disabilities or at-risk for identification for SPED due to reading deficits. Eligible employment options include:
    • As a full-time special education teacher who provides targeted reading and writing instruction, and support to individual and small groups of SWDs with complex reading and writing profiles, including dyslexia, and serves SWDs who are at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of reading, spelling, and writing instruction. or

    • As a full-time complex area/district/state resource teacher who provides professional development and coaching to school level staff regarding reading and writing instruction for SWDs and/or conducts academic assessments for SWDs.

  • Complete course and associated practicum requirements each semester with a B- or better
  • Complete registration in a timely manner each semester
  • Complete the Reading Intervention Program within two (2) years from the date of execution of their Contract.  Recipient understands and agrees that he/she is required to complete all program coursework (12 credits)  and practicum (6 credits) requirements.  In addition, Recipient must pass the Knowledge and Practice Examination for Effective Reading Instruction (KPEERI) exam, and obtain the CERI Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist (C-SLDS) certificate within one (1) year of the completion of the Reading Intervention Program.
    • If Recipient fails a required course or practicum, Recipient agrees to retake and successfully complete the required course or practicum within the original time period for program completion.  Recipient understands a stipend is a set amount and that any and all costs related to retaking or delaying courses shall be borne solely by Recipient.
Coursework

Reading Intervention Program Course Sequence for each cohort (2022, 2023, 2024)

Note. All practicum coursework will provide access to students for applied projects.

Summer 

Fall 

Spring 

Session I

Session II

SPED 421 Developing Oral Language and Phonetic Awareness for Diverse Learners SPED 423 Vocabulary, Comprehension, & Writing Interventions for Diverse Learners SPED 655 Reading Assessment and Tiered Intervention for Students with Disabilities SPED 656 Advanced Diagnostic Prescriptive Reading Intervention
SPED 499 Directed Reading/Research SPED 629 Clinical Practicum SPED 629 Clinical Practicum
Program Format

Classes are online, with regular online synchronous class sessions each semester. All synchronous class sessions are typically held between the hours of 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm, and will never be more than 2 ½ hours in duration. There will not be more than 2 synchronous sessions per week throughout the entire program.  

Tuition & Funding

The Reading Interventionist program funding agreement will support a total of 60 candidates – three cohorts of 20 candidates each. The first cohort began in Summer 2022, the second cohort will begin Summer 2023, and the third cohort will begin Summer 2024. 

Candidates who are taking the one year reading interventionist program course sequence (12 credits) and practicum (6 credits) will have a 3-year service payback to the HIDOE. Candidates who are unable to fulfill their years of service will have to pay back the HIDOE the funding that had been given to them.

Candidates must be employed as one of the following to meet the service obligation requirement:

  • As a full-time special education teacher who provides targeted reading and writing instruction, and support to individual and small groups of SWDs with complex reading and writing profiles, including dyslexia, and serves SWDs who are at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of reading, spelling, and writing instruction. or

  • As a full-time complex area/district/state resource teacher who provides professional development and coaching to school level staff regarding reading and writing instruction for SWDs and/or conducts academic assessments for SWDs.

In addition, candidates may pursue applying coursework to reclassification credits, however, all reclassification requests must receive approval from the candidate’s administrator.  Please refer to the Hawaii DOE Reclassification Guidelines for more detailed information.

Contact Information

Please contact one of the following, depending on the type of inquiry:

  • For general program inquiries or assistance with the application: Janet Kim, spedinfo@hawaii.edu
  • For more specific program details regarding coursework and/or supervision: Dr. Kim Brennan, kmbrenna@hawaii.edu
  • For DOE-related inquiries regarding eligibility or service agreement: Amy Ruhaak, Amy.Ruhaak@k12.hi.us
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Kimberly Brennan

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