Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Special Education (Mild/Moderate, Severe Disabilities/Autism)

Degree Awarded

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Offering Campus

UH Mānoa

Delivery Method



The PBSPED program is designed for those pursuing careers in teaching who have earned baccalaureate degrees in fields other than education. Choose from two specialization options: (Options 1) Mild/Moderate Disabilities and (Option 2) Severe Disabilities/Autism

The Mild/Moderate program prepares candidates to work with the largest population of students with disabilities, typically having learning disabilities, ADHD, or other high incidence disabilities. They typically follow an academic curriculum in the general education inclusive setting or special education resource setting.

The Severe/Autism program prepares candidates to work with individuals with disabilities who need support learning functional academic and life skills (communication, social competence, and adaptive behavior). This emphasis focuses on improving the quality of life for students who may require more comprehensive support. This includes students with low-incidence disabilities (e.g. intellectual disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, multiple impairments) and may be taught in a fully self-contained classroom setting.

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Total # of Credit Hours


Course Format

16-weeks (semester long)


Attendance Information

Online synchronous class meetings typically held on weekdays from 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM HST. Face-to-face sessions are held twice each semester on Saturdays. Neighbor island students can travel to Oahu; some financial support is provided to assist with travel

Degree Awarded

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


COE Special Education Department
Phone: (808) 956-7956