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This program is intended for graduate students who possess a Texas Provisional Teaching Certificate and are interested in working with the Special Education system in the public schools. The applicant should confer with the Graduate Advisor to determine additional requirements for State Board of Educator Certification as a Professional Educational Diagnostician.

Basic Requirements: Completion of a minimum of 12 semester hours of advanced professional special education with a grade of B or better. The following courses are required:

SPED 4330Diagnosis and Placement3
SPED 4340Trans ED for Learners/Sp Needs3
or SPED 5370 Tch Sec Stdnts/Mild Disability
SPED 5361Applied Behavior Analysis3
or SPED 5363 Ed of Lrnrs w/Emot/Bhav Disord
EDPC 5370Special Topics-Ed Psyc/Counsel3
Total Hours12

The applicant must have two (2) years of teaching experience prior to applying to this program. Students who participate in internships with agencies or school districts requiring background checks must successfully pass the background check to complete this requirement. Additionally, a background check is required to be certified as a school diagnostician in the state of Texas.


Final Requirements: Students will present an oral presentation of their student portfolio to the faculty and achieve a passing score on the TExES for certification of Educational Diagnostician.

Certification: TExES exam (Texas Examination of Educator Standards)

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 36

Education Diagnostician - Basic Requirements (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Required Courses:
Special Topics-Ed Psyc/Counsel
Diagnosis and Placement
Culture Requirement:
Applied Behavior Analysis
Ed of Lrnrs w/Emot/Bhav Disord
Learners Requirement:
Trans ED for Learners/Sp Needs
Tch Sec Stdnts/Mild Disability
Education Diagnostician Program (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required courses:
EDPC 5310Applied Research Design for Ed3
EDPC 5334Responsive Classrm Assessment3
EDPC 5336Advanced Educational Appraisal3
EDPC 5344Use/Interpret of Cog. Measures3
EDPC 5348Assess/Instruction for Student3
EDPC 5375Internsip for Ed. Diagnostics3
SPED 5320Spec Ed-Historical Legal Basis3
SPED 5330Early Inter Young Child/Family3
SPED 5337Assessment: Disability3
SPED 5345Interv Stud w/High Incid Disab3
SPED 5347Wrkng/Parents Lrnrs Sp. Needs3
SPED 5371Teach Students/Severe Disabled3
Total Hours36