Special Education at Lamar University

It is the goal of the Master of Education program to provide teachers at the graduate level with the tools needed to support exceptional learners’ educational needs in K-12 schools. Both master’s degree programs are 36-credit hour, non-thesis master’s degree programs and both require completion of a comprehensive examination upon completion of all required coursework.

The Department of Teacher Education at Lamar University offers online the following options for graduate work in Special Education:

  • M. Ed. in Special Education (Generalist)
    • This 36-credit hour degree program offers advanced coursework at the graduate level in the area of special education. This degree program provides graduate learners with the content, knowledge and skills they need to assess, instruct, and provide behavioral support for exceptional learners from an inclusive, collaborative perspective. Admission requirements: Teaching credentials in any K-12 certification area. This program does not provide eligibility for initial certification in special education. The program can be completed in 18 months with continuous enrollment.
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  • M.Ed. in Special Education (Educational Diagnostician)
    • This 36-credit hour degree program offers advanced coursework at the graduate level in the area of special education which includes coursework needed for certification as an Educational Diagnostician. This degree program provides graduate learners with the foundational knowledge in the field of special education and the content, knowledge, and skills they need to identify and place K-12 learners in special education services. There are two 5-week courses and a 15-week practicum course which is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters only. Admission requirements: a valid Texas teaching certification and 3 years teaching experience in a TEA-approved district. Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to take the Educational Diagnostician certification exam. The program can be completed in 21 months with continuous enrollment.
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  • Certification as Educational Diagnostician
    • This 21-credit hour degree program provides coursework to those students who have valid Texas teaching credentials, 3 years teaching experience, and already a hold a master’s degree in a related educational field (i.e., masters in Teacher Counseling, Education Administration, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Policy, and Special Education, Early Childhood Education, etc.). There are six 5-week courses, and a 15-week practicum course which is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. Upon completion of this 21-credit hour degree program students will qualify to take the Educational Diagnostician certification test. The program can be completed in 18 months with continuous enrollment.
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