UT Tyler

Online Educational Diagnostician Certification Only

For Texas Educators Only

Note: Applications for the M.Ed. in Special Education and for the Certification Only program will open on August 1, 2016. The next cohort will not begin until May 2017.

The standard Educational Diagnostician Certification is an online eighteen (18) hour graduate program. Course work includes a concentration in assessment courses and practicum.

Find out more about our program by watching our video.

How to Apply for Certification Only Program:

To be admitted to the UT Tyler Master of Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification program, a prospective student must submit all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, GRE Scores, and an online admission interview.

International Applicants: If the applicant's bachelor's degree is from a non-US institution, it must be evaluated by a service on this list. Also, a total TOEFL iBT score of 79 with a speaking subsection score of 26 or higher is necessary for admission.


Submit complete transcripts reflecting the reception of a Bachelor's degree and any other relevant undergraduate and graduate coursework. Students should request official academic transcripts be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Application Submission:


All application documents and interview must be completed and received by February 1, 2017.  No applications or documents will be accepted after February 1, 2017.  Application fees are non-refundable, even if the application arrives after the February 1, 2017 application deadline.

There are two portions of the application process:



  • Send all of the following to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the address below: 
    • All OFFICIAL academic transcripts reflecting the reception of a Bachelor's degree and any other relevant undergraduate and graduate coursework.
    • GRE scores.  The GRE scores will be waived if your last 60 hours GPA is 3.25 or higher or if you have a previous master's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • Copy of your teacher certification
    • Student Information Sheet
    • Statement of Purpose (described on the Student Information Sheet)
    • Three letters of recommendation (one must be by your current principal)

The Office of Graduate Admissions, ADM 345
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd
Tyler Texas 75799

You may also email documents to ogs@uttyler.edu


Note: All applicants may be subject to a background and fingerprint check from a university-approved vendor at applicants' expense.

Requirements for Admission:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Texas Teacher Certification (any field)
  • For consideration for admission to the program, the applicant must either have an undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours) of 3.25 or higher, or earn at least 5 points from the following table:
GPA Points Awarded GRE Verbal Points Awarded GRE Quantitative Points Awarded



151 +


141 +












To participate in this program, you will need to complete a Certification Plan Request Form. This form will be sent to you upon program admission.  Please note that this is in addition to your application.  Once completed, send this form directly to Dr. Frank Dykes at fdykes@uttyler.edu.

Please note that your scanned transcripts on file will be used, unless they are unreadable.  If unreadable, you will be notified to provide a second set of transcripts.

Also note: Students admitted to the Graduate School must pay a $250 admission fee to the School of Education Educator Preparation Program. This fee helps cover practicum supervision expenses. This fee is used to supplement program resources (i.e. needed assessment materials) and practicum supervision expenses.

Transfer of Graduate Credit

In compliance with SACS and in accordance with the policies of UT Tyler Graduate School, transfer of graduate credit from a regionally accredited institution is limited to 9 hours for the master’s degree. All transfer credit must have been completed with a grade of “B” or better, completed within the last six years, and approved by the degree-granting institution. Transfer credits should be evaluated and approved during the first semester. The course being transferred into a degree program should be a direct equivalent to the course within the certification/degree program. Students who have extended work experiences that cover the content of a course should work with their advisor to determine if those work experiences cover course content. Students should work with their advisor to have courses evaluated for transfer.


For Program Information:

Dr. Frank Dykes

For Admission Information:


For complaints about this certification educator preparation program, please follow the policy outlined in the Certification Program's Complaint Policy.

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