Guidelines for Graduate Advisees: Special Education and Educational Diagnostician Programs
The department of Educational Psychology and Special Services (EPSS) at UTEP offers graduate programs in the following specialization areas (1) Special Education (High Incidence or Low Incidence), (2) Educational Diagnostician and (3) an online certificate in Early Intervention Studies (EIS).
If you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree or a certificate in EIS you may contact (915) 747-5221 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or begin your application for admittance to the Graduate school by clicking on the Start My Application link.
Submit your application to the UTEP Graduate School: All application requirements need to be submitted to the Graduate School. The process for applying to the Graduate School can be found here: http://graduate.utep.edu/prospective.html. Once your application packet is complete, the Graduate School will forward your application materials to our Department for our faculty to review. The Department and the Graduate School will then generate an email response to you regarding your acceptance.
Meet with your Faculty Advisor: After you receive your notification from the Graduate School and the Department of your conditional admission into the program, the Department will email you the name and contact information of your Faculty Advisor along with other informational documents. It is your responsibility to contact your Faculty Advisor as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for program advising purposes.
During your initial meeting, your Faculty Advisor will review and explain the areas of specialization with you and will develop your Preliminary Program of Study (PPS). Also at this time, you will sign a Conditional Acceptance Agreement and a copy of your Preliminary Program of Study (PPS) that will outline the program requirements for your specialization.
Your Faculty Advisor will help you plan your coursework for the upcoming semesters. It is very important that you follow the PPS for classes and the schedule as some of our courses are offered only once every two years. If you do not follow the plan/schedule, it may delay your completion and consequently graduation.
Conditional to Unconditional status
Midway through your program of study, your progress will be reviewed and your status in the program updated accordingly. If you have met the program requirements and have a good academic standing, your status should change from conditional acceptance to full acceptance. It is suggested that you meet with your Faculty Advisor to update your progress towards program completion
GRADUATION (only for Master Degree seeking students)
Apply to graduate: During your last semester of coursework you must submit an Application for Graduate Degree form to the Graduate School by the semester deadline (check the Academic Calendar at https://www.utep.edu/graduate/graduation/masters-students.html
and look for the date listed next to “Graduation application deadline for degree conferral” – this changes each semester). The form may be found at https://www.utep.edu/graduate/graduation/how-to-graduate.html. At this time, you should check your PPS and unofficial transcript to be sure that all courses on the PPS have been completed. Once your application is complete, you should submit it to the Department’s Graduate Advisor. International students and students with financial aid or scholarships that require a full-time status should plan to maintain eligibility up until the last semester of graduation.