Special Education, Severe Disabilities and Autism (PK-12)

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Education (BEd)

Offering Campus

UH Mānoa


This baccalaureate program delivered through Distance Education has been established as a degree completion program for students who have ideally completed the first two years of coursework (freshman and sophomore) online at UH Mānoa, a community college in the UH system, or from an accredited institution outside of the UH System.

The Bachelor of Education in Special Education program allows candidates to earn their bachelor's degree along with teacher licensure in special education. The Severe Disabilities and Autism (PK-12) specialization track are for those looking to specialize in working with students who have more comprehensive needs, often teaching in preschool, fully self-contained, or community-based instruction settings at any grade level.

This cohort program is offered statewide and is a series of coursework taken as the final two years of the bachelor's degree in education. Funding may be available to cover almost all tuition costs in return for teaching at least three years as a special education teacher in Hawaii public schools after graduation.

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Attendance Information

Courses are online with class sessions held in the early evenings, typically 4:30 PM- 7:00 PM on weekdays. There are two face-to-face Saturday class meetings each Fall/Spring semester. Neighbor island candidates travel to Oʻahu and some financial support is provided to assist with travel costs associated with face-to-face program requirements. In addition, candidates will spend time in classroom settings during the day as part of their field placements each semester.

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Education (BEd)