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, 2018 The next cohort will not begin until May 2019.

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

Application Submission:


The first round of applications will be reviewed on January 11, 2019.  All materials (including official GRE scores) must be submitted and the admission interview must be completed no later than January 11, 2019 to be considered for full admission during the first round.  Admission decisions will be provided to applicants by February 11, 2019.

The final round of applications will be reviewed starting March 1, 2019.  All materials (including official GRE scores) must be submitted and the admission interview must be completed no later than this date to be considered for full admission during the final round.  Applicants will be notified by April 1, 2019.

Application fees are non-refundable, even if the application and/or admission materials arrive after the March 1, 2019 application deadline.



  • Complete the Student Information Sheet
  • 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 and Master's degrees 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
    • Copy of teacher service record (can be obtained from your district's Human Resources office)
    • Statement of Purpose (described on the Student Information Sheet)
    • Three letters of recommendation (one must be by your current principal)
  • International Applicants
    • If the applicant's bachelor's degree is from a non-US institution, it must be evaluated by an approved International Transcript Evaluation company. Also, a total TOEFL iBT score of 79 with a speaking subsection score of 26 or higher is necessary for admission.

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 ogs@uttyler.edu


  • 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.

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 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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