West Texas A&M University

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Educational Diagnostician Graduate Program

Department of Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree

Major in Educational Diagnostician (Standard Professional Certificate)
(Major Code: 5460)


The Educational Diagnostician Program at West Texas A&M University has been designed to emphasize the professional standards for Diagnostic Specialists recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children with emphasis in assessment, research-based practices and interventions. All classes are online and easily accessible for students across the United States.

The following 9 hours of leveling courses are required for students who do not have an undergraduate special education background or whose special education course work (with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average) was not taken within 6 years of admission to the diagnostician program.

Prefix Number Course Title
EPSY 6350 Exceptional Children in the Mainstream of Society
EDSP 6352 Instructional Programming for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
EDSP 6357 Teaching Secondary Students with Mild Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms

 More about the Masters Degree Program for Educational Diagnostician. Click this link for Program Objectives.

Admission Requirements

A candidate must:

  • Meet University Graduate School admission requirements;
  • Have a 2.75 undergraduate grade point average;
  • Complete a formal application and mandatory interview;
  • Hold a valid teaching certificate;
  • And secure an educational diagnostician mentor prior to enrolling in assessment courses.
  • Deadlines for Admission are:  August 1 (fall); December 1 (spring); and May 1 (summer).

Required Course Work (36 semester hours)

EDPD 6303, EDPD 6304, and EDPD 6329.
EPSY 6322 and EPSY 6374.
EDSP 6354, EDSP 6356, EDSP 6358, EDSP 6359, EDSP 6364, EDSP 6376, and EDSP 6377.

Note: All diagnostician students may graduate with a M.Ed. degree upon completion of 36 semester hours and successful completion of a comprehensive examination given during the last semester of course work. All 36 hours must be completed for educational diagnostician certification, as well as state-mandated proficiency test(s). Also, 2 years of teaching experience in an accredited public or private school and teacher certification are required. All assessment courses must be taken at West Texas A&M University. No assessment course work from other universities is accepted, and experience in special education is not considered in place of required courses. A practicum is required for Texas certification and must be completed in a school accredited or approved by the Texas Education Agency and approved by WTAMU; the student is responsible for securing a practicum site and obtaining approval from the program director.