Special Education

Special Education teachers are in rising demand. With outstanding faculty, 100% online convenience and preparation that counts, our programs prepare you to become the best a school can offer.  

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Texas Woman's offers multiple advanced degrees in special education:

Our degree programs in special education prepare teachers and researchers to work with students who have exceptional needs. You can enhance your research knowledge in special education, become a master teacher in areas of exceptionality, and obtain teaching certification in specialized areas with our advanced degrees.

With schools across the state of Texas in desperate need of special education teachers, many now offer stipends and bonuses to recruit more special education teachers. Texas teachers also may be eligible for student loan forgiveness.

Looking for Bachelor of Science in Education with Special Education?

The Teacher Education department also offers a Bachelor of Science in Education with the opportunity to specialize in Special Education in grades EC-6 or grades 4-8. There is also an Accelerated Bachelor's-to-Master's in Special Education.

These programs have created and maintained my solid foundation as a teacher. They prepared me for responsibilities I face daily in education. The faculty’s dedication is second to none and they truly want to help students be successful now and in the future. Jennifer Reid, Special Education Teacher

Master's Degree Options

Pursue a MEd in Special Education focusing on interventions or a MEd in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician certification. Both programs offer 100% online coursework.

To pursue the MEd in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician certification, a valid teaching certificate and at least three years of teaching experience are required. 

And if you're working ahead, take a look at the new Accelerated Bachelor's-to-Master's in Special Education.

For initial teacher certification, see the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

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Degree Plan - MEd in Special Education

Degree Plan - MEd in Special Education (Diagnostician)


MEd in Special Education

Minkowan Goo, PhD
Associate Professor

MEd in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification

Maria Peterson-Ahmad, PhD
Associate Professor

A great thing about the MEd in special education at TWU is that you don’t need to physically be there at all. Online fit my schedule, but I still felt on campus because of professional, resourceful, empathetic faculty always ready to help. I had a great experience and I’m so prepared for my next step. Ali Alenizi, International student

Post-Master's Certificate - Educational Diagnostician Certification

The 100% online Educational Diagnostician certification program provides a path for graduate students to pursue Educational Diagnostician certification in compliance with the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Educational Diagnosticians are highly-trained specialists with skills to assess academic, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral needs of students and to work with teachers to recommend accommodations, modifications and interventions based on assessment results.

Diagnosticians work closely with parents of students being evaluated and special educators, school psychologists and other specialized personnel (e.g., speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists) to ensure all students, including those with disabilities, receive appropriate and effective services based on individualized needs. 

For more information, see the Educational Diagnostician Handbook.

Certificate Plan - Educational Diagnostician Certification


Maria Peterson-Ahmad, PhD
Associate Professor

TWU provided wonderful opportunities to prepare us. Whether bringing in seasoned diagnosticians currently in the field, preparing us for the hiring process, or just being ready and willing to hear our concerns and offer a guiding hand, I am grateful for the education provided by TWU and the way they prepared me for my career as a diagnostician. Donna Moreland, Educational Diagnostician, Plano ISD

PhD in Special Education

The PhD in Special Education is offered in person through a cooperative program of the Federation of North Texas Area Universities, allowing students to access faculty, library, computer facilities and research opportunities at both Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas.

Research coursework and experiences are major emphases of the TWU doctoral program in special education. Those experiences include designing, conducting and disseminating new knowledge gained through firsthand examination of special education issues.

Graduates typically assume leadership positions in public and private schools, higher education institutions and federal, state and local agencies.

For more information, see the PhD in Special Education Handbook.

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Degree Plan - PhD in Special Education


Randa Keeley, PhD
Associate Professor

What a wonderful journey I had at TWU! I enhanced my skills, learned about publishing and disseminating research, and found opportunities to serve. I developed my professional network through collaboration with scholars across disciplines and institutions. TWU has a very special place in my heart. It is my family, forever cherished and loved. Mariya Davis, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Admission Requirements

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TEA Admission Requirements for Educational Diagnostician

  1. Three years as a full-time classroom teacher of record in a public or private, accredited school
  2. Valid teaching certificate at time of admission and at time of recommendation
  3. 3.0 grade point average in last 60 hours
  4. TOEFL iBT score if bachelor’s degree was earned out of the U.S. in a country not approved by TEA

Admission to the M.Ed. or Ph.D. in Special Education

Program Contacts

Ph.D. in Special Education

Randa Keeley, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Special Education
(940) 898-2278

M.Ed. in Special Education seeking Educational Diagnostician Certification

Maria Peterson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Special Education
(940) 898-2267

M.Ed. in Special Education

Minkowan Goo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Special Education
(940) 898-2047

Application Deadlines

Fall – August 1
Spring – December 1
Summer – May 1

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of study
  • Resume/CV (Uploaded to graduate application)
  • Statement of Intent (Uploaded to the graduate application.)
  • Valid teaching certificate (M.Ed. and Post-master's Diagnostician programs only.)
  • Teaching Service Record (M.Ed. and Post Master's Diagnostician programs only)
  • Interview - PhD only

Note: Summer 2024 and Fall 2024 applicants to the Diagnostician programs will submit copies of teaching certificate and teaching service record to the program director via email at the address shown above. Beginning with Spring 2025 applicants the teaching certificate and teaching service record will be uploaded to the graduate application.

For additional information about the program, please see the Department of Teacher Education. For additional information about obtaining educator certification for candidates who already have a bachelor’s degree, please contact TWU’s Office of Educator Preparation Services and visit the Master of Arts in Teaching and Post-Baccalaureate Initial Teaching Certification websites.

Graduate Admission

Begin by reviewing your program's website to see if there are additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs  via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal following instructions below.  
  2. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU. See the International Admissions website for more details.
  3. Submit Recommendation Requests
    If your program requires you to submit names for recommendations you will need to do it in the application.
  4. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants, can be paid by:
    1. Credit card - Pay Online through the application as the last step before submitting the application. The second portion of the application will not be available until the application fee has been received.
    2. Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - Payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 304 Administration Drive, Suite 102, Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    3. Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (down the hall in ACT).
    4. Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar Application Fee Waiver. TWU Alumni may be eligible for the Alumni Advantage Fee Waiver. Check your eligibility here: https://twu.edu/alumni-advantage/. If eligible submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission
    5. Following fee payment return to the application dashboard where supplemental application documents can be uploaded. The online application will list which documents are needed to fulfill the program admission requirements. You can also check the program's website.

For more information or assistance with the application or graduate admissions, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants

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