Miriam Boesch, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Purdue University. Augmentative and alternative communication; communication interventions for individuals with severe autism; systematic literature reviews; using AAC strategies for remediating problem behavior in school-age children with autism.
Lyndal M. Bullock, Regents Professor; Ed.D., University of Kansas. Designing appropriate educational environments and services for children/youth with severe emotional/behavioral disorders; behavioral assessment and positive interventions; parent-professional communication.
Bertina Hildreth Combes, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Transition of students with learning disabilities from high school to post-secondary settings; mentoring; teacher development; use of juvenile literature in teaching about disabilities.
Mary Bailey Estes Senior Lecturer; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Charter schools and students with disabilities; emotional/behavioral disorders; bilingual collaboration in teacher preparation.
Endia Lindo,Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. Effects of reading interventions and family background on elementary and middle school students’ vocabulary and comprehension; improving reading performance of students who are low-achieving/diagnosed with high-incidence disabilities.
Smita Shukla Mehta, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Oregon. Applied behavior analysis; functional behavioral assessment; positive behavior support; behavioral escalation and prevention of problem behavior; classroom and instructional management; severe disabilities and autism; philosophy and practice for inclusive education.
Pamela Peak, Lecturer; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Academic assessment; learning disabilities; bilingual collaboration in teacher preparation.
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:
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.
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.
You’ll need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and provide the department the following items:
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.
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:
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.