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.
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.
Educational Diagnosticians Are in Demand
"I have never encountered such a consistent response when talking to stakeholders for a need in in a particular area as I did when I first came to Texas. … We would like to be able to provide to the state of Texas as many [Educational Diagnosticians] as possible."
- Robert Spina, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Education and Human Development
Learn more about our affordable tuition
The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing Master of Education in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification. Our tuition is affordable, and can be paid by the course.
Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice due to action by the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature.
Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.
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.
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.
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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.
Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.
Submit documentation of your valid, state-issued teaching certificate. Applicants must have at least three years of teaching experience.
Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA
Applicants with a GPA below a 2.5 in the institutional bachelor’s degree will be denied admission. Applicants with a Master’s Degree with a GPA over 3.0 will be accepted.
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*
- Applicants with a GPA below a 2.5 in the institutional bachelor’s degree will be denied admission. Applicants with a Master’s Degree with a GPA over 3.0 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
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.
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).
*Price includes distance learning fee.
Meet the Professor and Program Coordinator of the Educational Diagnostician Program
Mentorship in the Educational Diagnostician Program
Dr. Michelle Botos goes into detail on how the course instruction in the educational diagnostician program works in tandem with in-district mentorship to give students hands-on experience assessing students.
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