Guidelines for Graduate Advisees in EPSS: Special Education and Educational Diagnostician Programs
We are very happy that you have taken an interest in one of the five specialization areas of the Master of Education programs we offer in the fields of special education and educational diagnostician within the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Services. We look forward to helping prepare you for your future career as educational diagnosticians and highly qualified special education teachers.
First, there are a series of steps you need to follow from admission to graduation. Below is a list of those steps with corresponding information. Please read through these steps before contacting the department.
Application Process for Admission to the Graduate School
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 materials to our department for a faculty review. The department will send its decision to the College of Education’s Center for Student Success (CSS), which will notify the Graduate School. The Graduate School will send an email response to you.
Meet with your Faculty Adviser: After you receive your notification from the Graduate School of your conditional admission into the program, the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Services Department will email you the name and contact information of your faculty adviser. It is your responsibility to contact your faculty adviser as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Be sure to print and take your Graduate School admission letter to the appointment.
During your initial meeting, your faculty adviser will review and explain the areas of specialization with you to help you select a concentration area and commit to a program of study. Also at this time, you will sign a Conditional Acceptance Agreement Form as well as develop and sign your Preliminary Program of Study. Your Preliminary Program of Study, or PPS, will outline the program requirements for your specialization.
Program Advising and Graduation
Register for courses: Your faculty adviser 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. If needed, the EPSS department or your faculty adviser can provide a registration form authorizing your class enrollment.
Newly admitted students who have not been able to meet with their faculty adviser prior to the start of classes should follow this registration guide to help prevent late fees. New students who already have taken classes in the program or elsewhere should meet or email their faculty adviser.
Request a review for full acceptance into the program: Please contact your faculty adviser regarding your acceptance status midway through your program of study. If you have met the program requirements and have a good academic standing, your status should change from conditional acceptance to full acceptance.
Apply to graduate: You must submit an Application for Graduate Degree form to the Graduate School by the semester deadline (check the Academic Calendar at http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=11145 and look for the date listed next to “Graduation application deadline for degree conferral” – this changes each semester). The form may be found at http://graduate.utep.edu/current.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 adviser. International students and students with financial aid or scholarships that require a full-time status should plan in advance to maintain eligibility up until the last semester of graduation.