UT Tyler

UT Tyler School of Education

Master of Education in Special Education With Diagnostician Certification - Online (For Texas Educators Only)

Applications for the 2020 cohort for the M.Ed. in Special Education and for the Certification Only program will be open August 1, 2019 and will remain open until March 16, 2020. All application materials must be submitted by March 16, 2020 to be considered for admission to the May 2020 cohort. Applications submitted after March 16, 2020 will not be considered and you will need to reapply to be considered for the 2021 cohort.

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.

Online Master of Education in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification

  • Complete coursework online
  • Graduate in 24 months
  • M.Ed.= 36 hour program
  • Total program tuition and fees costs approximately $9,228 based on the 2019-2020 tuition and fees schedule
  • TExES passing rates among the best in Texas with 100% pass rate putting our graduates among the best prepared in Texas
  • Currently employed full-time, K-12 teachers are eligible for up to $200 off the first graduate semester by applying for the Teachers in Excellence Scholarship.  Awards are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Marketable Skills:

The student will have the following marketable skills:

  • Understanding of state and federal regulations relevant to the role of educational diagnosticians
  • Understanding of laws and legal issues related to the assessment and evaluation of individuals with educational needs
  • Understanding of models, theories, and philosophies that provide the basis for special education evaluations
  • Understanding of issues, assurances, and due process rights
  • Understanding of rights and responsibilities of parents/guardians, schools, students, teachers and other professionals
  • Effective and forceful writing, speaking, and listening skills
  • Articulate the purpose of evaluation procedures and their relationships to educational programming
  • Conduct evaluations of individuals related to educational programming
  • Ability to administer and interpret various instruments and procedures
  • Ability to write assessment reports for parents/guardians, school personnel, etc.
  • Creation of quality educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities
  • Knows characteristics of individuals with disabilities
  • Collect evidence to determine background and other factors that influence an individual’s ability to be successful
  • Test and measurement theories and practices
  • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders and individuals
  • Strong time management skills
  • Select, adapt, or design forms to facilitate planning, scheduling, and time management
  • Knows varied learning preferences of individuals with disabilities
  • Curricula for the development of motor, cognitive, academic, social, language, affective, career, and functional skills
  • Interpret and use assessment and evaluation data for planning
  • Holding high expectations for students and self
  • Classroom management
  • Ethical conduct toward students and professional colleagues
  • Ethical conduct, practices, and performance
  • Detection and education of students with dyslexia
  • Instruction regarding mental health, substance abuse, and youth suicide
  • Knowledge and implementation skills for Texas Knowledge and Skills and English Language Proficiency Standards
  • Sense making: the ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed.
  • Social intelligence: the ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions.
  • Novel and adaptive thinking. Proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based.
  • Cross-cultural competency: The ability to operate in different cultural settings.
  • Computational thinking: The ability to translate vast amounts of data into concepts and to understand data-based reasoning.
  • Transdisciplinary. Literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines.
  • Data-informed decision making
  • Critical thinking
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Creative thinking
  • Advocacy for others
  • Collaboration with others

Application Submission Process:


The first round of applications will be reviewed on January 13, 2020.  All materials (including official GRE scores) must be submitted and the admission interview must be completed no later than January 13, 2020 to be considered for full admission during the first round.  Admission decisions will be provided to applicants by February 10, 2020.

The final round of applications will be reviewed starting March 2, 2020.  All materials (including official GRE scores) must be submitted no later than March 16, 2020.  The admission interview must be completed no later than March 31, 2020 to be considered for full admission during the final round.  Applicants will be notified by April 13, 2020.

Application fees are non-refundable, even if the application and/or admission materials arrive after the March 16, 2020 application deadline.


  • 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 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, which you will need to obtain 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 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.

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.

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.

For more information, see Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation.

Requirements for Admission:

  • Bachelor’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.
  • Admission is determined based on undergraduate GPA and, if necessary, satisfactory scores on the GRE in combination with the undergraduate GPA, successful admission interview, letters of recommendation, successful completion of the Statement of Purpose, and the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study.
  • The applicant must either have a GPA of 3.25 or higher on the last 60 hours or earn at least 5 points from the following table:


Points Awarded

GRE Verbal

Points Awarded

GRE Quantitative

Points Awarded



151 +


141 +















Additional Information:

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

*Note: Students admitted to the program 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/Experience:

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 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.

UT Tyler