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UT Tyler School of Education

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

Applications for the M.Ed. in Special Education and for the Certification Only program are open until March 15th. All application materials must be submitted by March 15 to be considered for admission to the May 2019 cohort. Applications submitted after March 15, 2019 will be considered for the May 2020 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 $9,150 based on the 2018-2019 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.

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 no later than March 15, 2019.  The admission interview must be completed no later than March 31, 2019 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 15, 2019 application deadline.




  • Complete the Department Information Sheet and Statement of Purpose (Note: Please wait to complete until you have your student ID number, which is required for this form.)
  • 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.
    • Statement of Purpose described on the Student Information Sheet
    • Three letters of recommendation.  One of the recommendations letters must be completed by the current principal of the campus in which you are currently employed.
    • Copy of your teacher certification
    • Copy of teacher service record (Can be obtained from your district 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.

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.

For more information, see Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation.

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.

Requirements for Admission:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education
  • Texas Teacher Certification (any field)
  • Have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA or last 60 hour GPA.
  • 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.

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