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, educational diagnostics, and high incidence 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 (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.
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 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.
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. The admission requirements for the graduate school are outlined at gradschool.unt.edu and catalog.unt.edu.
Miriam Boesch Autism intervention
Mary Bailey Estes High incidence disabilities; IMPACT alternative certification in special education
Pamela Peak Educational diagnostician
These requirements vary based on the specialization you pursue. Specific courses are outlined at coe.unt.edu/educational-psychology. General requirements are:
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 coe.unt.edu or financialaid.unt.edu for financial assistance and scholarship opportunities.
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.
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, Principal Lecturer; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Charter schools and students with disabilities; emotional/behavioral disorders; bilingual collaboration in teacher preparation.
Cornelia Izen, Lecturer; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Methods of teaching and providing support for individuals with severe disabilities; behavior management; best practices in intervention with individuals who have severe disabilities; teacher training.
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, Senior Lecturer; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Academic assessment; learning disabilities; bilingual collaboration in teacher preparation.