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Educational Diagnostician Certification Preparation Program

The coursework for the Educational Diagnostician Certification Preparation Program can be pursued independently or as an area of emphasis with the Master of Education in Special Education. Either way, the classes are completely online, making it possible to advance your career in education without stepping into a classroom.

Program Overview

  • 36-39 credit hours
  • Coursework is completed online.
  • Prerequisite: bachelor’s degree, teaching certificate
  • A master’s degree and two years of teaching experience is required to take state certification tests for Educational Diagnostician.
  • Students are not required to enroll in a designated number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by individual.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any one of the four semesters throughout the year.
  • Learn more
Related degrees:
Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Educational Diagnostician
Bachelor of General Studies
Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies

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Contact the program coordinator by phone.

  • Name: Pam Smith
  • Phone: 806-834-2969

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months prior to projected initial enrollment. Learn more.

Due to the nature of the Educational Diagnostician program, all applicants must apply as master's students. Once accepted, students who already have a master's degree will be able to pursue the certification preparation program only.

  1. Complete the ApplyTexas application.
    • Apply as a master's student if you plan to pursue the Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Educational Diagnostician or the Educational Diagnostician Certification Preparation program. After admission, students who qualify to pursue only the certification preparation program will be transferred.
    • Be sure to select the degree program listing that correctly corresponds with the location from which you plan to pursue the program.
  2. Complete additional admissions requirements as outlined by the Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • The initial application fee is $60. Each subsequent application is $50.
    • Students who plan to pursue a Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Educational Diagnostician or the Educational Diagnostician Certification Preparation program must submit Graduate Records Exam scores to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than five years old at the time of application.
    • Applicants must have official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School.
    • The admissions process is viewed holistically by the College of Education and the Graduate School, so there are no stated minimum GRE or GPA requirements. Learn more.
  3. Apply to Texas Tech University's College of Education.
  4. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships and College of Education Graduate Scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. Learn more.
  5. Upon your acceptance into the Graduate School and the College of Education, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan. If you receive notification of rejection, you may contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research, 806.742.1998, ext. 436, for advisement regarding the admissions appeals process.
    • The Graduate School and the College of Education will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

Interested in taking only one or two courses? Use Texas Tech University's Graduate Temporary Status to apply and take as many as 12 credit hours without completing the application process to a degree program.

Program Requirements

Certificate Programs can be pursued independently or concurrently with a master's program. All coursework is offered online; some courses may require the use of Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC).

Leveling Course (if applicable)
EDSP 5300 Exceptional Children & Youth
Required Core (9 credit hours)
EDSP 5303 Applied Behavior Analysis in Special Education
EDSP 5331 Human Development in Education
EDSP 5390 Diverse Cognitive Abilities in Theory and Practice
Diagnostic Sequence (27 credit hours)
EDSP 5301 Educational Appraisal of Exceptional Children
EDSP 5389 Individual Intelligence Testing*
EDSP 5093 Internship in Special Education
EDSP 5094 Advanced Internship in Special Education
EDSP 5307 Problems and Trends in Special Education
EDSP 5320 Children and Youth with Low Incidence Disabilities
EDSP 5330 Children and Youth with High Incidence Disabilities
EDSP 5304 Instructional Strategies for Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities
EDSP 5308 Authentic Assessment for Students with Exceptions

*Courses require the use of IVC.

For a Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Educational Diagnostician, three to six additional credit hours of coursework and a comprehensive evaluation or thesis are required (EDSP 5094, EDSP 5390, EPSY 5379).