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Master of Education in Special Education and Diagnostician Certification Degree Plan

If you know the field of special education is where your passion is, consider the Educational Diagnosticians Certification. The program will help you develop the specialized skillset and knowledge base to assess and diagnose children with learning difficulties and will prepare you to take the TExES #153 certification exam.

Core: 9 semester hours

  • CUIN 6321 Principles of Curriculum Development
    or
    CUIN 6322 Principles of Curriculum Organization
    or
    CUIN 6332 Education in a Multicultural Society Society
  • FEDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research
  • FEDU 6331 Human Growth and Development

Major Concentration: 18 semester hours:

  • SPED 6321 Introduction to Special Education
  • SPED 6325 Applied Behavior Analysis
  • SPED 6326 Programming & Collaboration
  • SPED 6327 Appraisal, Instructional Coaching and Collaboration for Students with Disabilities
  • SPED 6331 Behavioral Assessment and Adjustment of Exceptional Children and Youth
  • SPED 6334 Diagnostic Teaching, Assistive Technology and Instructional Strategies

Diagnostician Concentration: 9 semester hours:

  • SPED 6345 Intellectual Assessment
  • SPED 6344 Educational Assessment of Students with Disabilities
  • SPED 6305 Educational Diagnostician Practicum

Total: 36 semester hours

Additional Requirements:

For students to obtain an Educational Diagnostician Certification they must

  1. Hold a valid Texas teacher certificate
  2. Have a Master’s Degree
  3. Have taught a minimum of two years in an accredited school
  4. Be admitted to graduate study within the School of Education, Health Professions and Human Development
  5. Complete course work toward the Educational Diagnostician Certification
  6. Pass the TExES # 153

Official degree plan will need to be completed with your Faculty Advisor and Educator Preparation Office (EPO) staff. All required signatures must be recorded before it is official.

Students are required to take comprehensive exams the semester before they intend to graduate or the semester they intend to graduate. Students will have to make arrangements to come to a testing site in Victoria or Katy to complete this requirement.

Master Comprehensive Exam Information

Official degree plan will need to be completed with your Faculty Advisor and Educator Preparation Office (EPO) staff.All required signatures must be recorded before it is official.

Course Rotation
Includes all graduate special education courses.  Not all courses are required for your concentration.

Fall, Spring, Summer

  • CUIN 6322 Principles of Curriculum Organization
  • CUIN 6332 Education in a Multicultural Society
  • FEDU 6331 Human Growth and Development

Fall, Spring

  • CUIN 6321 Principles of Curriculum Development
  • FEDU 6321 Foundations of Education Research

Summer

  • SPED 6321 Introduction to Special Education
  • SPED 6334 Diagnostic Teaching, Assistive Technology and Instructional Strategies
  • SPED 6335 Ethical and Professional Conduct for the Applied Behavior Analyst 1
  • SPED 6336 Behavior Applications: Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities 1

Fall

  • SPED 6325 Applied Behavior Analysis ** ,1
  • SPED 6327 Appraisal, Instructional Coaching and Collaboration for Students with Disabilities
  • SPED 6332 Principals of Behavior for the Educator ***,1
  • SPED 6337 Teaching Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Spring

  • SPED 6326 Programming and Collaboration
  • SPED 6331 Behavioral Adjustment of Exceptional Children and Youth ** ,1
  • SPED 6338 Behavior Intervention Procedures for Educators ***,1
  • SPED 6339 Communication Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

** SPED 6331 is a prerequisite for SPED 6325. SPED 6331 must be completed prior to starting SPED 6325 regardless of concentration/major.

*** SPED 6332 is a prerequisite for SPED 6338.

1 - Denotes BACB Verified Course Sequence

For more information about the program, or questions contact us:
University West Suite 213
Phone: (361) 570-4371 or toll free (877) 970-4848 x4371
Fax: (361) 580-5580
Email: education@uhv.edu