Educational Diagnostician Certification

It is the goal of the Educational Diagnostician Program to provide teachers at the graduate level with the tools needed to support exceptional learners’ educational needs in K-12 schools. The Educational Diagnostician Certificate Program is a 21-credit hour program designed for teachers who want to specialize in Educational Diagnostician work in the K-12 setting. Candidates must hold a master’s degree and have 3-years’ teaching experience in a K-12 setting. Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to take the Educational Diagnostician certification exam. The program can be completed in a little as 9 months with continuous enrollment. 

Students seeking certification as an Educational Diagnostician who are enrolled in either the M.Ed. Special Education-Educational Diagnostician or Certification as Educational Diagnostician program, will need to make arrangements with respect to access to test kits for the following assessment instruments (Woodcock Johnson- Achievement, Woodcock Johnson- Cognitive, WISC) AND retain a certified Educational Diagnostician from within their school  and/or district who will supervise their use of such instruments. Lamar University, the College of Education and Human Development, and the Special Education program do not provide such test kits or make arrangements for site mentors.  

Your Responsibilities:

As certification requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to:  

  • Confirm the requirements for certification in their home state 
  • Evaluate and understand state requirements related to online education, and out-of-state educational programs requirements 
  • Find out if any additional coursework, practice, and/or testing requirements must be met in order to be eligible for certification. 

Careers Relating to Special Education

Educational Diagnosticians are highly-prepared professionals who work in schools, co-ops, and private practices. Their work is to provide diagnostic information about students for success in the classroom. They work closely with the Special Education Program and provide leadership in RTI. Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana are the only states that offer the educational diagnostician certification area. In the remaining states, the educational diagnostician is referred to as a school psychologist. 

Learn more about the Special Education profession, occupational outlook, and median salary.