Special Education MEd Degree with Diagnostician Certification

Graduate Admissions


The University of Texas at Tyler
Department of Education
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, Texas 75799
Phone 903.566.7133

Degree Information
Dr. Frank Dykes
Email: fdykes@uttyler.edu
Phone: 903.566.7087

Graduate Admission Information
The University of Texas at Tyler
Office of Graduate Admissions
Office: STE 345
Phone: 903-565-5772
Fax: 903.566.7492

Program Information

Degree: MEd with Diagnostician Certification

Hours: 36

College:  Education and Psychology

Admission Requirements

Application Instructions

Cost: Approximately $9,228 for Texas residents based on the 2019-2020 academic year

Scholarships/Financial Support:  Yes

Test Score Required: Satisfactory GRE score (obtained within the past five years). GRE exam waived for applicants with a masters degree or 3.25 or higher GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

GPA: Have an appropriate GPA in degree plan as set by Texas Administrative Code and other administrative units. 

Certification: Must hold a Texas teacher certification (any field). Must submit Texas teaching service record and any other documents required by Texas governing units.

Letters of Recommendation: Submit three (3) letters of recommendation. One of the recommendation letters must be completed by the current principal of the campus in which the candidate is currently employed.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae: No

Admissions Essay: Yes: Must submit a Student Information Sheet (SIS) which includes a Statement of Purpose Essay.

Interview: Yes

Must pay admission fee for entry into Educator Preparation program.

Deadlines:  Graduate School Calendar

In accordance with Texas Administrative Code, all applicants must be fully admitted prior to taking any coursework in the area in which they are seeking certification. Therefore, no provisional admission is allowed.

Career Outlook: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions for special education teachers are expected to grow by 17% through the decade ending in 2018, which is faster than the average rate for most occupations. Because of diagnostic improvements, more children with special needs are being diagnosed at an earlier age. In addition, more parents are seeking special services for their children with special needs.

Salary Information: See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is O*Net.

Meet a graduate student of The University of Texas at Tyler.

Gain Specialized Skills to Assist Students with Special Needs

Complete a master’s of education degree at The University of Texas at Tyler with a major in special education and certification to become a special education teacher or an educational diagnostician.

  • Complete your master’s in special education in just two years in a program designed for working professionals with classes offered in the evenings and online.
  • Graduates of the program are employed in Texas locations such as: Athens Independent School District (ISD); Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD; Cherokee County Shared Services Arrangement, Rusk; Dallas ISD; Henderson ISD; Jacksonville ISD; Pine Tree ISD and many others.

Learn more from the School of Education.

Master’s in Special Education: Outcomes-Driven. Student-Focused.

  • Focus on cognitive and educational assessments to determine the competencies of individuals in language, sociological, physical and behavioral/emotional areas, intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior, and educational performance.
  • Or choose an emphasis in special education to learn how to deal with academic and behavioral needs of individuals with special needs in a full continuum of educational settings.
  • Complete practicums in special education classrooms or perform testing in
    classrooms with students, depending on the certification you are seeking.
  • Gain skills that prepare you to work closely with parents, teachers and school
    administrators as part of assisting children with special needs.
  • Network with other educators in special education and learn about advancements in the field as a member of The University of Texas at Tyler Student Council for Exceptional Children (UT Tyler SCEC).

Special Education Faculty: Experienced. Supportive.

  • Learn from professors who have experience both as special education teachers and educational diagnosticians.
  • Deepen your understanding of the field with instructors who are published authors on such topics as Special Education Evaluation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners; National Implications: Overrepresentation of African Americans in Special Education Programs in East Texas Elementary Schools: A Multi-Case Qualitative Study; and Differentiated instruction: Big Ideas Share!
  • Benefit from one-on-one interaction with your professors in small graduate classes that provide frequent opportunities for classroom interaction.

Learn about UT Tyler’s education faculty.

Special Education Courses: Theory-Based. Practical.

Learning Theory as Applied to Individuals with Disabilities – Investigate major learning theories and consultation applied to programs for individuals with disabilities.

Adolescents and Adults with Disabilities – Study the characteristics and learning needs of the adolescent and adult with disabilities including career and vocational alternatives, transition and interagency cooperation.

Seminar: Learning and Neurological Disabilities – Explore the behavioral, motor and learning characteristics of individuals with learning and neurological disabilities.

More about UT Tyler’s Special Education with Diagnostician Certification graduate program of study.

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