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Master of Education in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification Online

Housed within the Master of Education in Special Education, the Special Education in Educational Diagnostician program is a 36-credit hour, non-thesis master’s degree program and requires completion of a specialized field experience in a school setting. 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.

Apply by: 12/27/22
Start class: 1/17/23

Program Overview

Learn what our online M.Ed. in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification offers

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.

As an educational diagnostician student, you will benefit from one-on-one attention and continuous support from our compassionate, accessible faculty who are also educational leaders. Your success is our priority, and we are committed to nurturing your growth and empowering you with the most relevant and cutting-edge assessment practices.

This online special education master’s program meets the course requirements to become an educational diagnostician certified by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC). Graduates of this Lamar University program have a pass rate for the Educational Diagnostician Certification exam that consistently exceeds the state rate.**

**Based on Lamar University study examining 153 scores for the Educational Diagnostician Certificate exam, as well as pass rates for Lamar University and the state of Texas, from 2018-2021.

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, rules and regulations that affect exceptional students
  • Understand the importance of the child-centered process in all aspects of education
  • 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, rules and regulations that affect exceptional students
  • Understand the importance of the child-centered process in all aspects of education

Educational Diagnosticians Are in Demand

Total Tuition $11,682*
Duration As few as 20 months
Credit Hours 36

*Distance learning fee is included in the tuition listed

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Tuition

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The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Education in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification online. Our tuition is affordable and can be paid by the course.

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Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $11,682*
Per Credit Hour $324

Calendar

Here are important dates you need to know

Our Master of Education in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

5 week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlinePayment DueLast Class DayTEA Requirement DeadlineDepartment Required Deadline
Fall 311/14/2210/24/2211/7/2212/18/2211/7/2210/29/22
Spring I1/17/2312/27/221/9/232/19/231/4/2312/30/22
Spring II2/27/232/6/232/21/234/2/232/15/232/17/23
Spring III4/10/233/20/234/3/235/14/233/29/233/31/23

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 12/27/22
Class Starts 1/17/23

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Admissions

Learn how to be admitted into our online educational diagnostician certification program

The Master of Education in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • Teaching Certificate
  • Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: University requirements will be assessed by the online application through ApplyTexas.org. There is a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Conferred degree GPAs will be used for admission purposes. Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the conferred bachelor’s degree will be denied admission. Applicants with a conferred master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA and above will be accepted.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.

Department of Teacher Education Admission Requirements

In addition to University admission requirements, the Department of Teacher Education requires the following for admission to the department program. Instructions for the department application and reference will be e-mailed to you after your ApplyTexas application is processed. Instructions for submitting the other documents will be e-mailed separately if you are accepted to the program.

  • Department application with essay responses
  • Teaching Certificate: Must be valid.** This does not include a probationary or permit issued certificate.
  • Teaching Experience: 3 years required
  • 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 if 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.
  • Reference: Letter of reference from your principal

Many programs may lead to licensure or certification in other states, but additional coursework or other requirements may be required by your state. Please review this chart for guidance regarding whether a Lamar University program will meet educational requirements in your state. For additional questions, if considering any academic program that leads to professional licensure in a state outside of Texas, please contact our Out-of-State Licensure and Authorization Office.

Please note that out-of-state or out-of-country candidates cannot receive a Texas certification as an Educational Diagnostician.

**Please note that out of state students may not be required to meet this criteria.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710

OR

Submit electronically to [email protected]

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.

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.

Courses

Read about our M.Ed. in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification online classes

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).

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Duration: 15 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.
Duration: 15 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. Couse offered only in Spring and Fall term.

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