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Master of Arts in Special Education: Educational Diagnostician

Course Description


This degree is designed to provide students with expertise in special education with a focus on effective assessment. After being admitted to the TWU Graduate School and the Teacher Education Special Education Graduate Program, the student should meet with a Special Education faculty member to complete the M.Ed. in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification worksheet.


 Bachelor’s degree
 Texas teaching certification
 Three years’ teaching experience by completion of program (service record on file)
 EDSP 5003: Psychology of Exceptional Children or an introductory course in special education (undergraduate or
graduate level)

 One of the following courses or a course in human development (undergraduate or graduate level)

o FS 5223: Child Growth and Human Development
o FS 5003: Lifespan Human Development
o FS 5113: Theories of Human Development

Exceptionalities (9 hours):
 EDSP 5103: Developmental Disabilities
 EDSP 5413: Individuals with Learning Disabilities
 EDSP 5303: Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

Interventions (6 hours):
 EDSP 5423: Instructional Interventions for Students with Disabilities
 One of the following courses:
o EDSP 5313: Behavioral Interventions for Students with Disabilities
o EDSP 5343: Instructional Interventions: Applied Behavior Analysis

Support (9 hours):
 EDSP 5033: Using Assessment for Effective Interventions
 EDSP 5013: Collaborating for Effective Interventions
 EDSP 5043: Legal and Administrative Issues in Special Education
Assessment (9 hours):

Note: These courses can only be taken after (a) official admission into the TWU Educational Diagnostician Program and (b) obtaining
permission from the instructor.
 EDSP 5833: Clinical Instruction in Psychoeducational Assessment
 EDSP 5843: Clinical Instruction in Intellectual Assessment
 EDSP 5853: Advanced Assessment and Evaluation of Students with Disabilities

Research (6 hours):
 One of the following courses:
o ELDR 5203: Research in Education
o EDSP 5903: Single-Subject Research
 EDSP 5973: Professional Paper

Entry Requirements

Resume3 reference lettersTeacher Service RecordCopy of professional certificationsProfessional position statement of 1000 words or lessLetter of intent to pursue special education doctoratePlease see TWU's website for more details

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