MASTER’S OF EDUCATION DEGREE (M.ED.) IN EDUCATIONAL DIAGNOSTICIAN
This program is intended for graduate students who possess a Texas Provisional Teaching Certificate and are interested in working with the Special Education system in the public schools. The applicant should confer with the Graduate Advisor to determine additional requirements for State Board of Educator Certification as a Professional Educational Diagnostician.
All applicants to the program must have three (3) years of teaching experience and a valid teaching certificate prior to applying to this program. Students who participate in internships with agencies or school districts requiring background checks must successfully pass the background check to complete this requirement. Additionally, a background check is required to be certified as a school diagnostician in the state of Texas.
Final Requirements: Students will present an oral presentation of their student portfolio to the faculty and achieve a passing score on the TExES for certification of Educational Diagnostician.
Certification: TExES exam (Texas Examination of Educator Standards)
EDPC 5310: Applied Research Design for Educators
Course focuses on the use of qualitative research methods in educational setting which serve diverse and/or special populations. Research design will include descriptive statistics, single-subject and qualitative research methods.
SPED 5320: Special Education-Historical and Legal Basis
Emphasis on litigation, legislation, and laws pertaining definitions of exceptional children including learning and behavior disorders, physical, mental, and sensory handicaps and the exceptionally gifted and talented student.
EDPC 5334: Classroom Based Appraisal
Theory and use of norm and criterion referenced instruments in the classroom, including curriculum based, performance, and informal assessments. Emphasis will be placed on response to intervention and working with culturally and linguistically diverse students.
SPED 5330: Early Interventions for Young Children and Families
Focuses on recommended intervention strategies for children from birth to eight years of age who have disabilities or who are at risk of having developmental delays; emphasizes typical and atypical development, family involvement, assessment, and natural setting interventions.
EDPC 5336: Advanced Educational Appraisal
This course will provide students with experience in analysis, evaluation, administration, and interpretation of standardized achievement, diagnostic, and adaptive behavior measures. Interpretation and evaluation of results through written educational reports is required. (Only offered in the fall semester)
SPED 5337: Assessment: Disability
Course content will focus on language acquisition, assessment of cultural variance in educational settings, selection of appropriate norm referenced assessment tools, administration and analysis of selected tests as it applies to students with, or suspected to have, a disability.
EDPC 5344: Use and Interpretation of Cognitive Measures
Students will be instructed in techniques and procedures associated with standardized administration of several verbal and non-verbal cognitive assessments. A special emphasis is placed on the interpretations of results and connecting these to school-level programming decisions. (Only offered in the spring semester and requires successful completion of EDPC 5336 with a B or better)
SPED 5345: Interventions for Students with High Incidents Disabilities
Focuses on the role of the special educator in providing services to students with high incidence disabilities. Incorporates strategies in team building, collaborative planning, and implementation as well as instruction in curricular and instructional modifications.
SPED 5347: Working with Parents of Learners with Special Needs
Relevant approaches and techniques for professionals to work with parents of learners with special needs; includes strategies for developing knowledge and skills associated with facilitating child growth by cooperative home-school planning.
EDPC 5348: Application of Assessment for the Delivery of Instruction for “At-Risk Students.”
This is a pre-internship course that includes the supervised practice of testing procedures, full-written evaluations, and side-by-side comparisons of federal and state regulations for identifying and serving at-risk students in special education. (Only offered in the summer semester and requires successful completion of EDPC 5344 with a B or better)
SPED 5371: Teaching Students with Low Incidents Disabilities
Characteristics of students with severe disabilities, including assessment, program development, teaching methodology, and design of learning environments; focuses on inclusionary/mainstreaming educational and community settings.
EDPC 5375: Internship in Educational Diagnostician
This course includes supervised experience working in public schools alongside certified diagnosticians. Students will gain experience in completing comprehensive assessments, preparing written reports of assessments and other required paperwork, attending ARD meetings, and presenting tests data to educators and families. Periodic meetings with University faculty are required to establish goals and monitor progress. (Only offered in the fall semester and requires successful completion of EDPC 5348 with a B or better)