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Master of Education in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification online

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Prepare for diagnostician certification and learn how to work within the public school system to ensure that special education services are provided to eligible students in accordance with all applicable federal laws and regulations and state statutes.

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Program Overview

The M.Ed. in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification online is designed to help certified teachers develop the specialized skillset and knowledge base to assess and diagnose exceptional students. This M.Ed. program will teach you how to understand special education law and policy, use evidence-based practices, monitor response to intervention and individualize intervention based on assessed needs.

This online program meets the course requirements to become an Educational Diagnostician certified by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).

icon $9,900* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 20 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours
icon $9,900* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 20 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours

Lamar University's College of Education and Human Development is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Upon completion of this M.Ed. program, you will be prepared to:

  • Interpret the results of evaluation data to parents and other professionals
  • Work with the multidisciplinary team to plan and incorporate appropriate teaching methods, materials and mastery level into the individual education plans of exceptional students
  • Assist public schools by possessing knowledge of compliance issues regarding federal and state laws and rules and regulations that affect exceptional students
  • Understand the importance of the child centered process in all aspects of education
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Tuition

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$9,900 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

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The M.Ed. in Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Professional School Counseling online program offers multiple start dates to accommodate your working schedule and busy lifestyle.

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5-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall III 2018 11/19/2018 10/22/2018 11/12/2018 12/21/2018
Spring I 2019 1/22/2019 12/20/2018 1/17/2019 2/25/2019
Spring II 2019 3/4/2019 2/4/2019 2/28/2019 4/8/2019
Spring III 2019 4/15/2019 3/14/2019 4/11/2019 5/20/2019

M.Ed. Special Education Educational Diagnostician Course Schedule

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Admissions

Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.

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Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

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Teaching Certificate

Submit documentation of your valid, state-issued teaching certificate. Applicants must have at least two years of teaching experience.

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Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the institutional bachelor's will not be admitted.

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University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: Upon completion of our online application form, you will be asked to create a username and password, complete your application via ApplyTexas and pay a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education that was accredited at the time recognized by the Texas Higher Education coordinating board.
  • Teaching Certificate: Must have a valid teaching certificate
  • Teaching Experience: Must have teaching experience: 2 years for admissions & 3 years for certification per TEA
  • Reference: Letter of reference from your Principal
  • Employment: In order to obtain Texas certification as an Educational Diagnostician you must be employed on a TEA approved public or private school campus where you will obtain the required practicum hours for certification. (To determine whether your school is TEA approved, please use the following links: public school or private school.)
  • Mentor: Mentor needs to be an Educational Diagnostician or Special Education Director with access to an educational diagnostician test kit.

Instructions for submitting the department admission requirements will be emailed to each applicant after the ApplyTexas.org application is received and processed.

*Please note that out-of-state or out-of-country candidates cannot be certified as an Educational Diagnostician.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710

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Submit electronically to luadmtran@lamar.edu

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution.

We reserve the right to review individual applicant qualifications for admission. Final determinations for admission are based upon a number of criteria. We reserve the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a student after admission to a program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student demonstrates unacceptable professional fitness to practice in their particular field of study with children, youth, and/or adults.

For students considering an academic program that leads to professional licensure in a state outside of Texas, such as Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Educational Diagnostician, Principal Certificate or Superintendent Certificate, please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside of Texas.

Courses

Courses in the M.Ed. in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification online meets the requirements to become an Educational Diagnostician certified by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).

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SPED 5301: Survey of Exceptional Learners

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

General survey of the learning potentials of those children deficient in basic integrities which can be categorized into central peripheral nervous system dysfunction and/or behavioral disorder. Prerequisites: Admission to the Graduate School or Post-Baccalaureate educator preparation program.

SPED 5302: Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Analysis and evaluation; types of test and measurement devices will be conducted. Methods of determining the reliability and validity of tests are investigated. Designs for testing programs and selection of appropriate tests will be included. Evaluation systems of individuals and programs will be discussed.

SPED 5303: Educational Psychology

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses the key concepts and ideas regarding educational psychology with a specific focus on students with exceptionalities. Topics to be addressed include the following: diversity and the specific characteristics of learners with exceptionalities, theories of human development and their application to teaching practice in general and in inclusive classrooms, theories of learning, and creating effective learning environments through the use of technology and differentiated instruction.

SPED 5304: Special Education Law

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course provides teachers a foundation to understand the legal, ethical, and policy dimensions of education. Special emphasis is given to the interpretation of case law, Texas Education Code, and federal and state statutes.

SPED 5305: Research in Special Education

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces teachers to the design, methodologies, and techniques necessary to understand educational research and to use "scientifically-based research" in making informed decisions which can positively impact student achievement. An emphasis is placed on action research.

SPED 5314: Reading & Language Arts for Diverse Learners

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Identification of skill deficiencies, modification of curriculum, designing and implementation of instructional strategies for pupils evidencing disabilities in reading and language arts.

SPED 5311: Instructional Strategies for High Incidence Disabilities

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Foundations in the modification of educational components such as content knowledge, methods of instruction, and student learning outcomes are explored through the authentic application of innovative, research-based strategies effective with high incidence disabilities.

SPED 5313: Instructional Strategies for Low Incidence Disabilities

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course provides foundations in the modification of educational components such as content knowledge, methods of instruction, and student learning outcomes are explored through the authentic application of innovative, research-based strategies effective with low incidence disabilities.

SPED 5315: Transition for Students With Exceptionalities

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course explores transition services and programs for students with exceptionalities. It emphasizes transition throughout the life span by addressing transition needs from early intervention to adulthood. Transition services stress moving from school to work and community.

SPED 5320: Psychoeducational Evaluation of Exceptional Children

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Simulated experiences in the use of formal and informal methods of appraising and communicating pupils' educational status and progress.

SPED 5321: Test Administration and Interpretation

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Theoretical and practical study emphasizing the administration, scoring, and basic interpretation of individual psychological tests. Students will be trained to administer, score, and interpret various individual assessment instruments for cognitive abilities, academic achievement, adaptive behavior or other individual assessment instruments.

SPED 5322: Practicum for Educational Diagnostician

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course provides practicum experience in the use of formal and informal instruments in the evaluation of the psychoeducational and social development of children. Focus is placed on the utilization of education and clinical data by the educational diagnostician to meet the individual needs of students.

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