*A. A. Jenkins, PhD (Chair)—mild/moderate disabilities, content
strategies, inclusive education, collaboration
Degrees and Certificates Offered: Basic teacher licensure in general education and special education, MEd in special education, BEd dual teacher preparation in elementary/special education, post-baccalaureate preparation in special education
The Academic Program
Special education (SPED) is a component of general education. Its basic purpose is to assist individuals who do not benefit from traditional educational programs. Special educators teach and help others teach persons who have special learning needs. They individualize and adapt instruction to help individuals with special needs become independent and contributing members of society.
Faculty in the Department of Special Education prepare students at the undergraduate and graduate levels to work in both school and non-school settings. Professional roles include teacher, resource manager, consultant, infant specialist and transition specialist. The program is field-based.
The special education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC).
Advising of students in the undergraduate program is the responsibility of the Office of Student Academic Services, College of Education.
Upon acceptance to special education graduate and post-baccalaureate programs, students are assigned to a faculty advisor. Advisors review program requirements and progress, plan program course work, complete departmental preregistration forms for the next semester, and sign course registration materials. Program advisors may waive course work (based on courses taken previously) on an individual basis. Advisors have the responsibility of reviewing and individualizing students’ programs to complement their needs. Advisors ensure that students have appropriate knowledge and applied skills to perform as competent special educators. Given this responsibility, advisors may require additional course work and/or practicum experience for certain students. Changes made in students’ programs must be approved by their advisors.
Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)
The Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) is an active organization open to anyone interested in special education. Chapter 78 at UH Manoa has received recognition by the International SCEC. SCEC members participate in professional development activities and sponsor special community projects. SCEC is an affiliate of the Council for Exceptional Children. For more information, call (808) 956-7956.
The College of Education offers a program option within the BEd in the elementary program that culminates in basic teacher licensure in general elementary and special education. The optional program consists of 30 credit hours in special education, including nine hours of supervised field experience, and one semester student teaching (as required for the BEd programs) in an educational setting with students identified as having disabilities.
The College of Education offers a post-baccalaureate certificate in special education for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in any field and desire licensure to teach special education. The program consists of 33 semester credit hours in special education, including 12 credit hours of supervised field experience. Program sheets listing the specific course requirements for the post-baccalaureate programs are available in the College of Education’s Office of Student Academic Services.
Admission is through the Office of Student Academic Services. Classified status in the College of Education is necessary for registration in the post-baccalaureate program. Program sheets listing the specific requirements are available in the Office of Student Academic Services. Students must fulfill all program requirements in effect for the semester in which they are admitted into the college.
All applicants to the post baccalaureate certificate in special education program will be evaluated competitively and considered for admission on the basis of a profile composed of the following criteria:
Admission requirements are subject to change. Call the Office of Student Academic Services for updated information.
The MEd program in special education offers two program options: (1) special education teacher training with a specialization in mild/moderate disabilities (mental retardation, specific learning disabilities, emotional/behavior disorders), severe/multiple disabilities, or (2) interdisciplinary studies for candidates wishing to work in non-classroom-based services for persons with disabilities. Both options are field based, consisting of at least 43 credit hours in a planned and approved program of study.
In addition to the application form and official transcripts required by the Graduate Division, materials must also be sent directly to the department. These include (a) scores on the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or computerized Pre-Professional Skills Test (C-PPST) of the Praxis series (reading, writing, and mathematics subtests), (b) three letters of recommendation attesting to academic and professional strengths, and (c) unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work. An interview by the department’s selection committee is required.
The MEd in special education consists of a minimum of 43 credits, including 9-12 credits of required professional courses, 12 credits of field experiences taken over three semesters, and 18 credits in the mild/moderate or severe program track.
The MEd in interdisciplinary studies/special education consists of a minimum of 43 credits, including 12 credits of required professional courses, 6-12 credits of field projects, and 18 credits in selected specialty areas. The specialty credits may be within special education or related areas (e.g., general education, psychology, social work, public health).
Both Plan A and Plan B are offered. Six credit hours of SPED 700 are required for Plan A, and additional work in statistical analysis and research design may be necessary. Plan B requires a master’s paper/project or a written comprehensive examination and a minimum of 1 credit of SPED 699.
Graduates of the teacher education option are eligible to be recommended for teacher licensure and receive the Hawai‘i professional teacher certification in special education. They are qualified to work with students who have mild/moderate or severe disabilities in a direct teaching, self-contained, or resource setting, at preschool, elementary, or secondary levels, or to act as special education resource managers and as collaborative consultants to general educators. Graduates of the interdisciplinary studies option do not qualify for teacher licensure but may seek positions in related fields and services.
The PhD program with a specialization in exceptionalities prepares professionals to work as leaders in the education and support of individuals who have unique needs, often due to disabilities. The field is broad, addressing life-span concerns and involving such services as advocacy, family support, community services, vocational training and support, and special education. Graduates of the program are expected to assume leadership roles addressing local, regional, national, and international issues related to research and higher education and/or program development and evaluation. The program varies in the number of credit hours required, depending upon the candidate’s qualifications, and includes course work required by the college, the specialization area, and a cognate field. In addition, students may be required to complete course work in an emphasis area. At least one field internship and the dissertation are also required. See the previous section on graduate programs in the College of Education.
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