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Diagnostician Certification - 24 hours

Designed For

Professionals with a Master’s degree  interested in evaluation and programming for individuals with disabilities in P-12 school or clinical settings.

Your Future

Educational Diagnosticians provide educational, intellectual and social/emotional diagnostic information to help determine the most appropriate programs for individuals with disabilities.

Certification Area Advisor

Dr. Lisa Cavin,

The Program

Coursework Required for Certification
Credit Hours Subject Course Course Title
3 EDSP 5305 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
3 EDSP 5311 Behavior Management in Special Education
3 EDSP 5315 Advanced Study of Developmental Disabilities
3 EDSP 5329 Assessing Cognitive Abilities Exceptional Learners
3 EDSP 5325 Appraisal of Exceptional Learners
3 READ 5375 Literacy Assessment
3 EDSP 5328 Case Management for Educational Diagnosticians
3 EDSP 5399 Internship for Educational Diagnosticians
3 PSYC 5381 Assessment and Evaluation of Fundamentals

Additional Texas Certification Requirements:

  • Master's Degree
  • Minimum of 2 years credible school teaching experience
  • Successful completion of TExES examination
  • Valid classroom teaching certificate
Professional Reading Specialist

Designed For

Professionals who already have a Master's degree seek expertise in reading.  Classes are available online and hybrid to accommodate the working professional.

Your Future

Reading Specialist work collaboratively with classroom teachers.  They also plan and deliver instruction to meet the needs of individuals with reading difficulties.

Certification Area Advisor

Dr. Rebecca Putman,

** ** Certification area advisors direct students' enrollment advisement and release of advising holds.

The Program

Credit Hours Subject Course Course Title
3 READ 5373 Foundations of Reading
3 READ 5374 Reading Resources and Materials
3 READ 5375 Reading Research and Assessment
3 READ 5376 Organization and Administration of Reading Programs
3 EDTC 5349 Educational Media and Technology
3 PSYC 5390 Special Topics
18 Total Hours

These courses may be counted toward a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Tarleton State University and toward the Professional Reading Specialist Certificate.

Other Requirements:

  • Master's degree
  • Valid Texas Teaching Certificate
  • Two years classroom teaching
  • EDUC 3320 Professional Development 1: Understanding Learners or ENGL 3370 An Introduction to Linguistics or PSYC 3320 Psycholinguistics

Program Costs

Visit the Registrar to view current tuition and fee rates.

*Tuition and fees are established by the Texas legislature and are subject to change. The Master Reading Teacher Exam and Certification fees are set by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).