Department of Education

Major in Educational Diagnostician (Standard Professional Certificate)
(Major Code: 5460)


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

More about the Masters Degree Program for Educational Diagnostician. Click this link for Program Objectives.

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;
  • 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 - Theories of Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders 3
  • EDSP 6356 - Advanced Remediation Techniques 3
  • EDSP 6358 - Seminar in Students with Multiple Impairments 3
  • EDSP 6359 - Management of Classroom Behaviors-Exceptional Learners 3
  • EDSP 6352 - Instructional Programming for Students with Intellectual Disabilities 3
  • EDSP 6364 - Legal Issues in Special Education 3
  • and, for students seeking certification in Texas:

  • EDSP 6377 - Practicum in Diagnosis of Exceptional Students 3 Must have completed all course work prior to enrolling in the Practicum course. The Practicum course cannot be taken concurrently with another 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.
  • or, for students not seeking certification in Texas, the following course:

  • EDSP 6360 - Assistive Technology 3

All assessment courses (i.e., EDSP 6376 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.


Candidates seeking the M.Ed. with or without certification as well as those seeking certification only are required to pass a comprehensive exam during the last semester of course work. Also, two years of teaching experience as a classroom teacher and successful completion of the educational diagnostician certification exam are also required for certification.

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.

For more information about the program or program application, please email Dr. Michelle Simmons, Ed. Diagnostics Program Coordinator at