M.Ed. in Special Education

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Program Description

This 36-hour degree plan is designed for those holding a valid teaching certificate. Candidates seeking Educational Diagnostician Certification must complete an additional 9 hours of coursework (SPED 6310 <SPD 677>, SPED 6311 <SPD 678>, and SPED 6312 <SPD 679>). The degree plan originates in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations. The candidate must successfully complete a departmental comprehensive examination. Candidates must be enrolled in coursework during the semester they take comprehensive examinations.


To be regularly admitted to the graduate school, applicants must submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, both undergraduate and graduate (Note: A minimum GPA of 2.5 in undergraduate and graduate work is expected)
  4. Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test

NOTE: Candidates may be permitted to enroll for one semester while their admission file is incomplete.

Applicants with completed files are reviewed for regular admission by graduate faculty in each program area and are selected by faculty based on information in the completed file.

Applicants must submit to the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations:

  1. Two letters of recommendations (the form is available from the LLSP Office)
  2. A copy of applicant’s teaching certificate if the intention is to sit for the Texas Reading Specialist Certification Exam
  3. Acceptable writing sample

In addition, applicants must complete an online questionnaire that shows that (1) they are presently teaching (or have access to a class) so that assignments can be applied and (2) they possess the necessary technology skills for graduate work/research.

Degree Requirements

M.Ed. in Special Education 36 SCH (with preparation for Educational Diagnostician certification)

M.Ed .Special Education

Choose all from:
SPED 5301 <SPD 535>Education of Individuals with Disabilities
SPED 5302 <SPD 537>Assessment in Special Education
SPED 6305<SPD 631>A Study of Behavior Disorders in Children
SPED 6304 <SPD 635>In-Home Training and Family Issues
SPED 6307 <SPD 637>Classroom Management and Parent Involvement In Special Education
SPED 5303 <SPD 562>Study of Cognitive and Low Incidence Disabilities
SPED 5304 <SPD 568>Teaching Methods for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
SPED 5305 <SPD 595> Individual Assessment of Cognitive Functioning
SPED 6308 <SPD 538>Practicum and Methods in Special Education
SPED 6310 <SPD 677>Assessment of Young Children and Low Incidence Populations
SPED 6311 <SPD 678>Seminar in Special Education
SPED 6312 <SPD 679>Practicum for Educational Diagnosticians



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