M.Ed. Special Education Educational Diagnostician - Admission Requirements

Step 1 – University Application

Complete the application form via ApplyTexas and pay a one-time application fee of $25. For more information about admissions to the Lamar University graduate program, click here.

Submit official, sealed, transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Mail to: Lamar University Online Admissions – P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, TX 77710,


Submit electronically to luadmtran@lamar.edu

GRE Policy

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (institutional bachelor’s degree) – requires no GRE
  • Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the institutional bachelor’s will not be admitted
  • Upon acceptance and eligibility to remain in the program, you must maintain a 3.0 GPA average

Step 2 – Department Application*

If you are seeking certification as an educational diagnostician and are enrolled in either the M.Ed. special education-educational diagnostician or certification as educational diagnostician program, you 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 your school and/or district who will supervise your use of such instruments. LU, the College of Education and Human Development and the special education program do not provide such test kits or make arrangements for site mentors.

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree for an accredited institution of higher education that was accredited at the time recognized by the Texas Higher Education coordinating board
  2. Hold a valid teaching certificate
  3. Have three years of teaching experience
  4. In order to obtain Texas certification as an educational diagnostician, you must be employed on a TEA approved public or private school campus, where you will obtain the required practicum hours for certification (to determine whether your school is TEA approved, please use the following links: Public School Private School).
  5. Reference from your principal

Instructions for submitting the department admission requirements will be emailed to each applicant after the ApplyTexas application is received and processed.

*Please note that out-of-state or out-of-country candidates cannot receive a Texas certification as an educational diagnostician

For out-of-state candidates, it is your responsibility to contact the appropriate licensing board in your home state before beginning this program. You should confirm with the licensing agency that this program meets the requirements for licensure in your state.