Online Educational Diagnostician Certification Only

For Texas Educators Only

Now accepting applications for the 2021 cohort.

The standard Educational Diagnostician Certification is an online twenty-seven (27) hour graduate program. Course work includes a concentration in assessment courses and practicum.


Applications for the 2021 cohort for the M.Ed. in Special Education and for the Certification Only program will be open August 1, 2020 and will remain open until March 19, 2021. All application materials, including official GRE scores if you do not meet the GRE waiver, must be submitted no later than March 26, 2021 and all admission interviews must be completed no later than April 2, 2021 to be considered for admission to the May 2021 cohort. Applications submitted after March 19, 2021 will not be considered and you will need to reapply to be considered for the 2022 cohort.

The first round of applications will be reviewed on January 15, 2021.  Admission decisions will be provided to applicants by February 12, 2021.

The final round of applications will be reviewed starting March 1, 2021. Applicants will be notified by April 9, 2021.

Application fees are non-refundable, even if the application arrives after the March 19, 2021 application deadline.

Application Submission Process:


  • Start by applying through our online application.  Once your application has been accepted and processed, you will receive your student ID through email.


  • After you have received your student ID, submit a completed reference request form.  Provide the name and email address for three people you would like to complete a reference form for you.  Please provide professional references including your current principal if you are employed, or your former principal if you are not employed.
  • After you have received your student ID, complete the Department Information Sheet and Statement of Purpose.  The Statement of Purpose prompt is as follows: 
    • Implementing inclusion in schools is not without its critics and proponents. Please share your thoughts on inclusive settings in public schools. In the statement, include a minimum of two scholarly sources to support your position (not to exceed approximately 1 typewritten page). 
  • Send all of the following directly 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 obtained in the past five years.  The GRE scores will be waived if your master's degree overall GPA is 3.0 or higher or your last 60 hour GPA is 3.25 or higher.
    • Copy of your Texas teacher certification
    • Copy of your complete teacher service record, obtained from each of the district's Human Resources office.

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

You may also email documents to


  • This program requires an admission interview.  Within a week of receipt of all admission documents, you will receive an email providing you a link to our online scheduling system.  Once you receive this email, you may schedule a Zoom admission interview.  You must wait to receive this email to schedule the admission interview.

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.

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

Criminal History Acknowledgement:

As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following.

    1. In order to receive an educational diagnostician certification, you must pass a criminal history background check.
    2. If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educational diagnostician, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
    3. You have a right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency.  The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation.


Requirements for Admission:  

  • Bachelor’s and Master's Degree from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education
  • Texas Teacher Certification (any field)
  • Have an appropriate GPA in degree plan as set by Texas Administrative Code and other administrative units.
  • The applicant must either have a master's degree overall GPA of 3.00 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. Jessica Rueter at

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. Jessica Rueter

For Admission Information:


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