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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

1-3 years
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Give every student the chance to succeed by making sure their needs are met.
Earning a Master of Education in Special Education with the Educational Diagnostician concentration will teach you to assess and diagnose the special learning needs of students using a variety of standardized assessments and curriculum-based assessments, provide consultation and develop prevention and intervention strategies within an educational setting.

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Why Earn a Educational Diagnostician Special Education Master's?

Learn the precise skillset and knowledge base to assess and diagnose gifted students. You will be prepared to interpret the results of evaluation data for parents and other professionals. Better work to plan and integrated certain teaching methods that aid in the student's advanced learning capabilities.

Marketable Skills
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data
  • Advocate on behalf of underrepresented populations
  • Collaborate to improve educational outcomes
  • Oral and written communication
  • Creative problem-solving

Educational Diagnostician Special Education Master's Highlights

Our summer-to-summer option allows you to complete all degree requirements for the diagnostician program in 15 months.
Most courses for the diagnostician program are in an Accelerated Online Program (AOP) format.
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, which means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education.
The College of Education is one of Texas' top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals.
The Department of Educational Psychology, which oversees this degree program, is affiliated with various research and intervention centers that provide research and development opportunities for faculty and students.
We have five start dates throughout the year. The start dates vary slightly by year, but they are generally around mid-January, mid-March, May, August, and mid-October.

What Can You do With a Educational Diagnostician Special Education Master's?

Graduates are employed as Educational Diagnosticians or teachers who are qualified to address assessment issues in the classroom.

Top 3 Careers

  • Educational Diagnostician
  • ARD Facilitator
  • Special Education Teacher

Educational Diagnostician Special Education Master's Courses You Could Take

Classroom and Behavior Management Strategies for Exceptional Learners (3 hrs)
Introduces students to the principles and practice of applied behavior analysis (ABA) in school settings involving students with special needs. Focuses on the fusion of scientific or evidence-based practices with ethical principles in the design of a function-based behavior intervention plan (BIP) for a person with a disability who displays behavior problems.
Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 hrs)
Focuses on evidence-based practices for the assessment and identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The various components of a comprehensive evaluation are discussed. Various evaluation tools and procedures are reviewed and demonstrated.
Educational Appraisal of Exceptional Learners (3 hrs)
Examinations of basic testing procedures and terminology as related to the exceptional learner. Analysis of statistics used in test development and interpretation of test data. Use of test data in developing individual education plans. Focuses on the development and use of knowledge and practical skills necessary for effective administration and interpretation of authentic assessment and documenting student achievement gains among diverse and exceptional learners.
Assistive Technology (3 hrs)
Review of recent legislation governing the need and use for assistive technology for individuals with IEP or 504 plans. Issues concerning assessment, ownership, costs and availability are reviewed.
Educational Statistics (3 hrs)
Descriptive and inferential statistical concepts and techniques commonly used in educational research. Organization of data, graphical representation, measures of central tendency and variability, normal distribution curve, sampling theory and tests of significant differences between related and independent samples.
Collaboration with Parents, Paraeducators and Professionals (3 hrs)
Communication and collaboration models and strategies in working with parents, caregivers and professionals concerned about exceptional learners. Emphasis on the changing definition of families and changing demographics and the implications these changes have for effectively involving others in the decision-making for exceptional learners.

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