UT Tyler School of Education

Master of Education in Special Education With Diagnostician Certification - Online & Face-to-Face Options

Note: The application window is now closed for the Educational Diagnostician program. Our next cohort will begin May 2017. The process for applying will open on August 1, 2016 for the next cohort. Thank you for your interest in our program!

Program Distinctive Features

  • Online program to meet the needs of busy educators.
  • Cohort system for increased support by faculty and peers.
  • Opportunities to engage in assessment in your school setting and in synchronous and asynchronous environments.
  • Work with faculty who are leaders in the Council for Exceptional Children – Texas: The premiere organization in special education.

The Master's Degree in Special Education fulfills the educational qualifications necessary to meet the course requirements to become an Educational Diagnostician certified by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC). In addition, courses have been aligned with the Council for Exceptional Children Advanced Special Education Diagnostician Specialist Standards.

Work with highly committed special educators and mentors:

  • Dr. Frank Dykes
  • Dr. Jessica Rueter

Applicants for the Master of Education with a major in special education must meet General Degree Requirements of the College of Education. Applicants must meet the standards for admission to and retention in the program. Applications for program admission are available in the Office of Graduate Studies and the College of Education and Psychology and should be completed and returned with all required data.

A student may transfer a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit in which a grade of "B" or better has been earned from approved institutions. Transfer credit must be approved by the student's advisor. Transfer credit cannot be approved unless an official transcript of all transfer work is on file in the Office of Graduate Studies. Transfer credit should be evaluated and approved prior to the completion of the degree plan.

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 ibt TOEFL score of 79 with a speaking subsection score of 26 or higher is necessary for admission.

Although the primary delivery format for the M.Ed. in Special Education is online, when we have sufficient enrollments a face-to-face delivery format can be used to form on-campus cohorts.

Additional Information

We also offer a Certification-Only program for people who already have master's degrees.

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 Credit/Experiences

In compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and in accordance with the policies of the UT Tyler Graduate School, transfer of graduate credit from a regionally accredited institution is limited to six (6) hours for the master’s degree. All transfer credit must have been completed with a grade of “B” or better, completed within the last seven years, and approved by the degree-granting program. 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 and Director of the School to determine if those work experiences cover course content. Students should work with their advisor to have courses evaluated for transfer.


For Admission Information:

Georgia Glazebrook

For online graduate advising or for an admissions interview, schedule your appointment using the online scheduling system.

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