College of Education
Educational diagnostician students learn how to assess, identify, advocate for and instruct K-12 students and younger who need extra help to learn. Teacher certification is a requirement for this program that includes an additional diagnostician certification. Graduates become better instructional and campus leaders who support special and general education teachers, students with disabilities and their families.
Graduates with this degree are in high demand, especially with school districts, and earn good salaries
Students have extremely high pass rates for the state certification exams in Texas and other states
Students get hands-on training with assessment and evaluation in the El Paso region
After 20-plus years in the classroom, special education teacher Sunny Williams wanted a better idea of how educators selected services for students with special needs. She returned to UTEP to become a diagnostician. Sunny said the program expanded her knowledge of the diagnosis process, and raised her professional judgement. Today she is a diagnostician with the Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso.
Graduates of the program become educational diagnosticians, but also are in demand as special education leaders or advocates in schools as well as nonprofit, community or governmental agencies. Some also decide to enter private practice.