MA in Special Education, Educational Diagnostician Track

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Special Education, Educational Diagnostician Track Program Overview

Our CAEP-accredited online Master of Arts in Special Education, Educational Diagnostician track, is designed for individuals who want to diagnose and assess the learning needs of students. This program provides in-depth training on using standardized and curriculum-based assessments to diagnose learning and developmental disabilities in students.

 

This affordable 48-credit online program can be completed in as little as two years and will equip you with the specialized skills and knowledge you need to:

 

  • assess and perform cognitive and achievement testing on students who may have learning difficulties;
  • diagnose learning difficulties, prescribe IEPs to teachers and parents, and implement interventions; and
  • intervene and mitigate learning and developmental disabilities by providing recommendations for therapies, classroom interventions, behavior plans, and conduct reevaluations. 

The Master of Arts in Special Education, Educational Diagnostician track includes a practicum capstone requirement in which students gain hands-on experience by working one-on-one with an on-site supervisor for 160 contact hours over a 16-week period.

Educational Diagnostician Certification

Our master’s degree in special education, educational diagnostician track leads to Educational Diagnostician Certification in the state of Texas. If you are outside of Texas, visit your state’s certification agency to see if our program will make you eligible for certification in your state. Eligibility requirements for Texas are below:

 

  • Completion of an approved EPP for the Educational Diagnostician Certification
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Three years of classroom teaching experience in a public or accredited private school
  • Valid teaching certificate
  • Completion of the required test

TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant provides up to $4,000 per year to students who are completing coursework needed to begin a career in a high-need teaching field. UT Permian Basin participates in the TEACH Grant program.

To be eligible to receive a TEACH Grant, you must meet basic eligibility criteria for
federal student aid programs, complete the FAFSA, be enrolled at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant program, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25, receive TEACH Grant counseling for each year you receive the grant, and sign a TEACH Grant agreement. For more information about the TEACH Grant and its service requirements post-graduation, please click here.

Accreditation

UT Permian Basin’s College of Education is accredited by the prestigious Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Core Courses

9 Credits

Courses
Duration
Credits
EDUC 6302 - Cultural Diversity in Education and the Social Sciences
8 weeks
3
This course gives candidates the opportunity to develop cultural diversity competence in order to face challenges in education and the social sciences. Research and reflection are emphasized.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2021 Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
EDUC 6304 - Educational Psychology
8 weeks
3
Review of theories of behavior, learning, and instruction, research on human ontological development, and consideration of applications of such theory and research to classroom practices, including issues related to their measurement and evaluation.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2021 Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022
EDUC 6305 - Research Design in Education and the Social Sciences
8 weeks
3
This course is designed to acquaint students with how research is conducted in the fields of education and the social sciences. Students will select and evaluate research findings within their fields and learn how to design their own research studies.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2021 Whole Summer 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer B 2022
Special Ed Core

24 Credits

Courses
Duration
Credits
EDSP 6315 - Parent Involvement in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
8 weeks
3
The purpose of this course is for students to investigate, appraise, and apply evidence-based practices for early intervention of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and evaluate strategies for promoting parent education, parent training, and parent involvement in early childhood education.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Summer A 2022 Summer B 2023
EDSP 6341 - Behavior Management and Social Skills
8 weeks
3
This course will cover strategies for behavior management, functional behavioral assessment, positive behavioral supports, and social skills training for exceptional learners.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2021 Spring B 2022 Spring A 2023 Spring A 2024
EDSP 6343 - Programs and Practices for Exceptional Learners
8 weeks
3
This introductory course will examine the unique needs of students with cognitive and behavioral needs. Typical characteristics, identification, referral procedures, and effective educational practices will be examined.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2021 Fall A 2021 Summer B 2022
EDSP 6344 - Methods for Teaching Exceptional Learners
8 weeks
3
Learning strategies and methods for delivery of instruction for students with cognitive and/or emotional problems will be examined. Emphasis will be on developing strategic environments, curriculum, and models for inclusive settings.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Spring A 2022 Fall A 2022 Fall B 2023
EDSP 6345 - Transition Programming for Exceptional Learners
8 weeks
3
Models for transition to the community, work and post-secondary setting will be explored.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2021 Summer B 2022
EDSP 6346 - Foundation and Legal Aspects of Special Education
8 weeks
3
Legislation and litigation that form the foundations and present basis for special education practices will be presented and investigated.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2021 Summer A 2021 Spring B 2022 Fall B 2022
EDSP 6347 - Characteristics of ASD and Developmental Disorders
8 weeks
3
This course focuses on the typical characteristics associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disorders, identification procedures used, and the development of appropriate intervention programs.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2021 Summer B 2021 Summer A 2022 Fall A 2022
EDSP 6352 - Technology and School Change
8 weeks
3
This course is intended to help students develop a deep understanding of the impact of technology on education, particularly as it relates to students with disabilities. The purpose of the class is to understand not only what the impact has been, but what it can be, and consider how educators could use technology across all settings to positively impact the learning environment for students with and without disabilities.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2023
Diagnostician Specification

12 Credits

Courses
Duration
Credits
EDSP 6386 - Learning Theory & Assessment
8 weeks
3
This course will examine learning theory, learning styles, and assessment techniques. Students will administer and interpret the results of achievement tests in basic skill areas. Prerequisites: Advisor Approval Required
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021 Whole Summer 2022 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Summer 2024
EDSP 6394 - Cognitive Assessment
8 weeks
3
This course will examine the use of individual intelligence tests in the evaluation and educational planning for children, youth, and adults. Prerequisites: Advisor Approval Required
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021 Whole Summer 2022 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Summer 2024
EDSP 6392 - Practicum
8 weeks
3
Supervised practice as a diagnostician in a school setting. Students are expected to meet regularly with their University supervisor to ensure continued growth throughout their practicum experience.
Prerequisites: EDSP 6386 - Learning Theory & Assessment EDSP 6394 - Cognitive Assessment EDSP 6395 - Seminar: Professional Practice
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Fall 2023
EDSP 6395 - Seminar: Professional Practice
8 weeks
3
This course is an in-depth exploration of topics related to diagnostic testing such as the use of authentic assessment and cross-battery assessment in today’s schools. Prerequisites: Advisor Approval Required
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021 Whole Summer 2022 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Summer 2024

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution 
  • Upper-division GPA of at least 3.0
  • Essay that answers the following prompt:
    • What personal characteristics, experiences, and educational background influenced your decision and helped prepare you for this role as a diagnostician? 
  • Two years of teaching experience
  • Teacher certification (if in Texas)
  • Official transcripts

Conditional Admission Requirements

If you do not meet the GPA requirements for this program, you may qualify for conditional admission with the following requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Upper-division GPA between 2.5 and 3.0
  • Essay that answers the following prompt:
    • What personal characteristics, experiences, and educational background influenced your decision and helped prepare you for this role as a diagnostician? 
  • Two years of teaching experience
  • Teacher certification (if in Texas)
  • Two of the following:
    • GRE score of 282 (verbal and quantitative combined)
    • Statement related to the circumstances surrounding your lower GPA and why you believe you are ready for this graduate program.
    • Two professional letters of recommendation from school administrators who have supervised your work in the classroom.
      • If you can only secure one from such a person, the second must be a professional letter from someone who can speak to your capacity to be a special education teacher.
  • Official transcripts                                                                                                                         

Official Transcripts

Official copies of transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and should be mailed to:

UT Permian Basin
Office of Admissions
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu.

Supporting Documents

All supporting documents related to a graduate program, such as letters of recommendation, essays, statements of interest, resumes, professional work experience, and awards should be sent to the Graduate Studies Office:

UT Permian Basin
Graduate Studies
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762-0001

Electronic versions of supporting documents may be emailed to gradstudies@utpb.edu. 

Application Fee

The application fee is $40

If you have any questions regarding the admission requirements, please email Rosenblatt_k@utpb.edu

Faculty Bios

Special Education Program Coordinator
Department Chair – Literacy, Language, and Special Populations
Associate Professor
College of Education
rosenblatt_k@utpb.edu

Dr. Rosenblatt is an associate professor of special education and the department chair of the Literacy, Language, and Special Populations Department at UT Permian Basin. She received her PhD in Exceptional Education from the University of Central Florida in 2009. In her current role at UT Permian Basin, Dr. Rosenblatt teaches graduate-level special education courses and is the special education program coordinator. Her research interests focus on technology for teachers and students with high-incidence disabilities and teacher preparation.

Assistant Professor
College of Education
balderaz_l@utpb.edu

Dr. Balderaz joined UT Permian Basin in 2015 as an assistant professor in the special education program and currently serves as the founding director of the Transformative Leadership Academy in Monahans, Texas. She holds a master’s degree and PhD in special education from the University of North Texas and has more than 10 years of experience working in schools. Her research interests include autism interventions, technology-based interventions, universally designed learning, innovative school designs, and improving teacher preparation programs.

Assistant Professor
College of Education
wade_w@utpb.edu

Dr. Wade joined UT Permian Basin in 2020 as an assistant professor. Prior to this, she worked at various universities, where she served as facilitator for the training, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of the Video Coaching Model. Dr. Wade earned a PhD in Exceptional Education from the University of Central Florida. Her current focus is ensuring teacher preparation programs integrate contemporary technology solutions as a means for training, mentoring, coaching, and evaluation of both student teachers and those transitioning into their initial classrooms.

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