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Special Education

Master's Degree Program


Graduate opportunities

The graduate programs in Special Education at the University of North Texas strive to make a positive impact on programs and provisions for children, youth and young adults with exceptionalities.

Our primary focus is training you in autism intervention, emotional and behavioral disorders, educational diagnostics, and mild/moderate disabilities.

We offer course work leading to a Master of Education degree in Special Education and endorsements, certifications and concentrations in:

  • Autism intervention
  • Behavioral specialist
  • Educational diagnostician
  • Mild/Moderate disabilities
  • Instructional Model to Prepare Adept Certified Teachers in Special Education (IMPACT)
  • Transition specialist

Gain new perspectives

Graduates of the program are teachers, diagnosticians, coordinators and supervisors in schools, juvenile correctional facilities, psychiatric hospitals, regional service centers and private or governmental agencies.

Many of our faculty members are nationally known in their field. They remain current on practices through research experiences, high levels of academic preparation and the service projects they coordinate. They have expertise in programs and procedures for gifted learners; establishments of partnerships to facilitate services for exceptional individuals; and behavioral management systems for special populations, parent and professional communication and collaboration.

In addition to specialized courses, we provide you many opportunities to participate in interdepartmental studies, become involved in community-based programming, and network with other special education professionals.

The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 202-466-7496). This accreditation means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education. The college is also one of Texas’ top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals.

Research centers and opportunities

The Department of Educational Psychology provides faculty and students research and development opportunities through its research and intervention centers.

The UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center offers opportunities for research and intervention among individuals with autism.

The Center for Parent Education engages in research and outreach to support parent and family educators, family support professionals and other students.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You’ll need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and provide the department the following items:

  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can give evidence of your reading, critical thinking, writing and mathematical skills (These letters can be sent from the reference, signed and on letterhead.)
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae that includes previous career and/or educational experiences
  • One- to three-page personal statement describing your goals, reasons for applying to the program, and any related job experiences such as teaching, working with special populations or research and evaluation experiences
  • GRE scores that are less than 5 years old

The educational diagnostician concentration also requires a copy of your teaching certificate and two years experience as a fully licensed teacher.

All program application materials, including GRE scores, must be received within two months of the submitted application.

Program advisors

Miriam Boesch, Autism intervention

Lyndal M. Bullock, Emotional/Behavioral disorders

Bertina Hildreth Combes, Mild/Moderate disabilities Mary Bailey Estes, Mild/Moderate disabilities; IMPACT alternative certification in special education Endia Lindo, Mild/Moderate disabilities Smita Shukla Mehta, Autism intervention Pamela Peak, Educational diagnostician Degree requirements These requirements vary based on the specialization you pursue. Specific courses are outlined at coe.unt.edu/educational-psychology. General requirements are:

  • 9 credit hours of department core course
  • 9 credit hours of common special education courses
  • 18 credit hours of concentration courses

Financial assistance

Several special education areas receive scholarships and financial aid through the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs, which provides tuition and stipend support. Contact faculty in the emphasis areas for details.