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Major in Educational Diagnostician Standard Professional Certificate

(Major Code: 5460)

Overview

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 an emphasis on assessment, research-based practices, and interventions. All classes are online and easily accessible for students across the United States.

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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;
  • Provide current records of teaching service;
  • Provide a current resume;
  • Obtain 2 professional letters of recommendation to the program;
  • 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).

Completion of 36 hours, plus leveling courses, if applicable

Leveling Courses

The following 3 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 3.0 GPA) was not taken within 6 years of admission to the diagnostician program:

  • EPSY 6350 - Exceptional Children in the Mainstream of Society 3

Required Education Graduate Core Courses (9 hours)

  • EDPD 6303 - Education Research 3
  • EDPD 6304 - Multicultural Education 3
  • EDPD 6329 - Human Development 3

Required Diagnostician Courses (27 semester hours)

  • EPSY 6322 - Individual Mental Testing I 3
  • EPSY 6374 - Individual Mental Testing II 3
  • EDSP 6354 - Instructional Programming for Students: High Incidence Disabilities 3
  • EDSP 6356 - Consultation and Collaboration, Exceptional Children 3
  • EDSP 6358 - Advanced Assessment & Interpretation in Educational Diagnostics 3
  • EDSP 6359 - Management of Classroom Behaviors-Exceptional Learners 3
  • EDSP 6352 - Instructional Programming for Students: Low Incidence Disabilities 3
  • EDSP 6364 - Legal Issues in Special Education 3
  • EDSP 6377 - Practicum in Diagnosis of Exceptional Students 3 Must have completed all course work prior to enrolling in the Practicum course. The 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.

All assessment courses (i.e., EDSP 6358 and EDSP 6377 and EPSY 6322 and EPSY 6374) must be taken at West Texas A&M University; assessment course work from other universities will not be accepted. Experience in the field of Special Education will not be considered in lieu of course work.

Comprehensive Exam

Candidates seeking the M.Ed. with certification, as well as, those seeking certification only are required to pass a comprehensive exam during the last semester of course work.

Record of Teaching Service

Three years of teaching experience as a classroom teacher and successful completion of the educational diagnostician certification exam are also required for certification.

Transfer Credits

The Educational Diagnostician Program allows candidates to transfer in up to 12 SCH from a previously completed master’s program depending on the discipline and the grade for each course. Please contact Dr. Michelle Simons at msimmons@wtamu.edu to discuss any questions about transfer credits.

English Language Proficiency

An applicant for certification in Texas must be able to communicate, listen, read, write, and comprehend the English language sufficiently to use it easily and readily in daily communication and teaching. English language proficiency shall be evidenced by ONE of the following:

  1. completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States; OR
  2. verification of minimum scaled scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing; (TOEFL scores must not be older than 2 years from the date of application) OR
  3. if an undergraduate or graduate degree was earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in TAC 230.11

Criminal Background Check

  • A criminal background check including fingerprinting will be performed by the Texas Education Agency before a candidate will be allowed to certify or gain employment on a non-teacher certificate. TAC 227.1(b)(1)(2).
  • Items on a candidate’s criminal history report may render the candidate ineligible for certification. 
  • Candidates may request a preliminary TEA background check for an evaluation of the criminal history.

Please note that applicants may request a preliminary TEA background check for an opinion of charge prior to starting a program https://tea.texas.gov/texas-educators/investigations/preliminary-criminal-history-evaluation-faqs

Field experiences, clinical teaching, practicums, and internships required for Texas Certification must be completed in a school accredited by the Texas Education Agency and approved by WTAMU. A non-certification option that does not require field experiences, clinical teaching, practicums, and internships in Texas is available for students whose residency is outside the state of Texas.

Contacts

Dr. Michelle L. Simmons
Assistant Professor of Education and Diagnostics Program Coordinator
West Texas A&M University - Amarillo Center
720 S. Tyler, Suite 375
Amarillo, Texas 79101
806-651-2626