Special Education

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

Special Education teachers are in demand

In the state of Texas, special education has been identified as a teaching shortage area. As a result, many schools now offer stipends and bonuses in order to recruit more teachers specializing in special education. Texas teachers also may be eligible for student loan forgiveness.

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Master’s Degree

M.Ed. in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification* 
*If you’re seeking your M.Ed. with diagnostician certification, you must have a teaching certification and at least two years' teaching experience to be admitted to this program.

Educational Diagnostician Certification

Do you want to earn a Texas Educational Diagnostician Certification? 

Certification Plan

Educational Diagnostician Handbook

Doctoral Degree

The Ph.D. in Special Education is offered 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.

The major emphasis of the TWU doctoral program in special education is on research coursework and experiences regarding designing, conducting and disseminating new knowledge gained through firsthand examination of issues in the field of special education. Graduates typically assume leadership positions in public and private schools, higher education institutions and federal, state and local agencies.

Degree Plan

Course rotation

TWU Ph.D. in Special Education Handbook

Admission Requirements

Students interested in any Special Education programs need to apply to the TWU Graduate School and send documents directly to the Department of Teacher Education, as indicated below.

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

Approval for admission to the Graduate School is required of all graduate students.

Graduate School admission does not imply admission to candidacy for an advanced degree. Candidacy will be granted only after a period of successful graduate work and after compliance with the conditions and course of study established by the University and its departments, schools, and colleges have been met.

The total enrollment of graduate students is limited. All applications to the Graduate School are subject to whatever provisions may limit the enrollment of graduate students. Admission is granted for not more than one academic year. Students who do not attend the University for four or more terms, including the term of admission, must reapply. Graduate students who have been enrolled, may stop out for a maximum of two years including the last semester of enrollment. If another institution is attended during the two year timeframe, the student must reapply.

Graduate students are subject to the general rules and regulations of the University and are expected to maintain the high standard of social and academic life of the University as well as the professional standards of their chosen field of study. Thus, graduate students are subject to all rules and regulations set forth in the Student Handbook, the Graduate Catalog, and the policy statements of the Graduate School and the academic components. All graduate students of Texas Woman’s University are expected to know and adhere to high standards of personal conduct and of academic integrity and scholarship. Any falsification, misrepresentation, or misapplication of information or research; any violation of professional or ethical standards; or any violation of the rules and regulations of the University may result in dismissal.

Send Required Documents to the Department of Teacher Education

How to Apply

    1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School (see above).
    2. Send required documents to the Department of Teacher Education by completing this application (allow moment for application to load)

Program Contacts

Ph.D. in Special Education

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

M.Ed. in Special Education

Mary Dell Donelson, Ed.D
Clinical Professor of Special Education
(940) 898-2267

Application Deadlines

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

Admission Requirements

  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of study

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.

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