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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.

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; establishing 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 (1140 19th Street, Suite 400; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 202-223-0077). 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 students and faculty 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 Office of Family Science Education, Research and Policy 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 academic or professionally applicable sources
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae that includes previous career and 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 of experience as a fully licensed teacher.

All program application materials, including GRE scores, must be received within two months of the submitted application. The admission requirements for the graduate school are outlined at the grad school website and the UNT degree catalog .

Program advisors

Miriam Boesch- Autism intervention

Lyndal M. Bullock- Emotional/Behavioral disorders

Mary Bailey Estes- Mild/Moderate disabilities; IMPACT alternative certification in Special Education

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 courses
  • 9 credit hours of common special education courses
  • 18 credit hours of concentration courses

Financial assistance

Several of the special education graduate programs receive funding through the Office of Special Education Programs that provides tuition and stipend support. Other scholarships and stipends may also be available to help you pursue your graduate degree. Visit our website or the financial aid website for financial assistance and scholarship opportunities.