Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Educational Diagnostician

Hybrid or 100% Online 30 major credits * 18 months

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Earn a Master of Education degree in Educational Diagnostics

Take the program in-person or online


Experienced educators having completed at least three years teaching in an accredited school who are interested in becoming educational diagnosticians.

What You Learn

Students learn skills necessary to perform professional duties as an educational diagnostician. Said duties include completing psychoeducational evaluations that involve cognitive and achievement assessment as well as identifying ways to support teachers and students in schools. This off-campus educational diagnostician program of 30 hours leads to the professional certification of the same moniker in the State of Texas.

How You Learn

Hybrid: This program is a hybrid program; that is, it involves face-to-face and on-line components. Students will take one course at a time, attending class one night a week from 5:00pm to 8:45pm, with three (3) hours of commitment in additional work every week. Every semester, students will complete two seven week courses. During Summer Sessions, students will attend two different night classes. Summer Session begins the last week in May and continues until the first week in July. Summer Session hours run from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Online/ Virtual Classroom: The Educational Diagnostician Program at the University of St. Thomas is excited to launch the virtual classroom! This is also a cohort program: Students enrolled in our online program will take some classes online, while other courses are done from the comfort of home using Zoom.

Career Outcomes

Students will earn a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) in Exceptionality with certification as an Educational Diagnostician. Graduates will be prepared to identify students with disabilities and support teachers and students in both general education and special education programs.  For certification, candidates must achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) for Educational Diagnosticians (TExES #153).


For certification, candidates must achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) in the area of Educational Diagnostician (TExES #153).

Candidates must have 3 years of certified Texas classroom teaching. A pre-qualification interview may be conducted by the program director, prior to acceptance to the degree.

Degree Plan

Course  NumberTitleHours
EDUC 5320
Exceptionality in Today’s Schools
EDUC 6326
Educational Research and Scholarly Writing
EDUC 6327
Educational Research Design and Data Analysis
EDUC 5322
Evidence Based Strategies for Students with Emotional/ Behavioral Disorders
EDUC 5345
Evidence Based Strategies for Students with Mild Disabilities
EDUC 5327
Introduction to Assessment
EDUC 5341
Psychoeducational Assessment of Academic Achievement
EDUC 5342
Psychoeducational Assessment of Cognitive Abilities
EDUC 5343
Practicum (minimum of 160 unpaid clock hours)
EDUC 6307
Ethical and Legal Foundations in Special Education
 Total Credit Hours:30

Courses listed above may not be offered in this sequence.