Program Overview

University of Hawaii offers a Post-Bachelors Certificate in Special Education for students who want to work with children from Kindergarten to 12th grade who require special assistance in order to function and learn. Through the program, educators will learn how to work with students who live with physical, emotional, educational, and mental disabilities and handicaps that prevent them from functioning in a classroom without special preparation and care to help them learn and interact with others. Students may learn how to create specialized curriculum to facilitate learning of individuals with disabilities, as well as how to employ assistive technology and strategies to promote higher levels of student engagement and learning.

Students in the program will take part in a curriculum that aims to help them learn to plan for educating special needs children and help them learn to interact with special needs children. Some classes in which students will participate include Foundations for Inclusive Schooling, Professional Development in Educational Technology, and Methods and Strategies.

Upon completion of the program, students will should have the ability to advocate for legal and ethical policy that supports high quality education for individuals with exceptional learning needs, to provide leadership through effective communication and use of technology to promote practices and procedures that support and respect all individuals and result in positive, productive work environments, and to use educational research to increase expertise. Students should also be able to improve instructional and intervention techniques and materials, and foster an environment that supports instructional improvement and to plan, present, and evaluate professional development for self and others that focuses on supporting student access to learning through effective teaching strategies, curriculum standards, and assistive technology.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    School Overview

    The University of Hawai’i System first opened as a land grant institution called the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Honolulu in 1907. By 1920, the school gained university status, changing its name to the University of Hawai’i. By the 1930s, UH began expanding its physical campus by adding other schools and awarding its first doctorate degree. World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor halted growth for a short period. However, expansion resumed in the 1950s, as the university introduced the Hilo Branch and the Asian Theater program. Throughout the twentieth century, campuses were established on the various islands, and academic programs continued to develop. The main campus in Manoa is the largest and oldest of the college campuses and is a land grant, sea grant, and space grant research facility. 

    More than 600 degree programs are offered through the University of Hawai’i, including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and graduate and professional certificates. Distance learning degrees extend from certificate and bachelor’s degrees to online master’s and doctorate programs.


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