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Master of Education in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification online

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 with the Master of Education in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification online.

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36 credit hours
$275 per credit hour*

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).

Upon completion of this M.Ed. program, you will be prepare 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.

For students considering Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Educational Diagnostician, Principal Certificate or Superintendent Certificate, or any other academic program that leads to professional licensure in a state outside of Texas, please contact the applicable licensure board(s) in the state you 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.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

Online 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).

Core Curriculum
SPED 5301 Survey of Exceptional Learners

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
SPED 5302 Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation

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
SPED 5303 Educational Psychology

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
SPED 5304 Special Education Law

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
SPED 5305 Research in Special Education

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
SPED 5314 Reading & Language Arts for Diverse Learners

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
Educational Diagnostician Courses
SPED 5311 Instructional Strategies for High Incidence Disabilities

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
SPED 5313 Instructional Strategies for Low Incidence Disabilities

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
SPED 5315 Transition for Students With Exceptionalities

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
SPED 5320 Psychoeducational Evaluation of Exceptional Children

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

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SPED 5321 Test Administration and Interpretation

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: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
SPED 5322 Practicum for Educational Diagnostician

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Calendar

Lamar University's online Master of Education in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification online offers multiple opportunities per year to enter your program. So once you're ready to start, you won't have wait long!

Upcoming Start Dates:

August 27,2018

Apply by July 30, 2018

October 8,2018

Apply by September 24, 2018

November 19,2018

Apply by by October 22, 2018

Tuition & Financial Aid

For nearly a century, Lamar University has been committed to offering a high quality education that is also accessible to students at all levels of financial need.

Tuition

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

$275

Per Credit Hour. Price includes distance learning fee.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online, but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.

Admissions

Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully.

* All applicants must submit official, sealed, transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Send transcripts to: Lamar University Online Admissions, P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, Texas 77710
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Online Application

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

Teaching Certification

Submit documentation of your valid, state-issued teaching certificate.

Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

Students with a GPA of 3.0 and higher are eligible for a GRE waiver.

Program-Specific Requirements

Verify the departmental and program-specific admission requirements for this program.