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 (Diagnostician Certification* and Intervention Specialist options)*
*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. If you do not have a teaching certification, we recommend that you apply for the program.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

*Admission to the M.Ed. in Special Education

Program Contact

Diane Myers, Ph.D.
940-898-2402
dmyers1@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

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

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of study
  • Applicants seeking Educational Diagnostician certification only must have completed a masters’ degree in special education or related field.

How to Apply

Applicants seeking certification as an Educational Diagnostician as part of their M.Ed. in Special Education should select the Educational Diagnostician track when applying; Applicants seeking Educational Diagnostician certification only should select that option when applying.

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Collect and submit the following documents as separate pdf files in ONE email to teachereducation@twu.edu with the subject line (YOUR LAST NAME)-(YOUR FIRST NAME)-M.Ed. in Special Education. Please attach all items as PDFs.
    • Current résumé.
    • Letter of intent detailing the candidate’s reasons for pursuing an M.Ed. in Special Education and/or Educational Diagnostician certification.
    • Teaching service record(s) from district Human Resources offices showing at least two years as teacher of record at an accredited school.
  3. At least two professional references should submit letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate’s ability to do graduate work and (if applicable) be a successful Educational Diagnostician as PDFs on institutional or organization letterhead to teachereducation@twu.edu. Recommenders should include student name and "M.Ed. in Special Education" in the subject line.
  4. Applicants seeking certification as an Educational Diagnostician should also submit
    • Teaching certificate(s)
    • Teaching service record(s) from district Human Resources offices showing at least two years as teacher of record at an accredited school

Applicants seeking certification as an Educational Diagnostician either as part of their M.Ed. in Special Education or as a stand-alone certification program will also need to complete the following tasks after admission to the university; these students will receive an email from the Office of Educator Preparation Services directing them to do the following:

  • Apply to the Educator Preparation Program;
  • Successfully complete a pre-admission written interview protocol;
  • Sign a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics;
  • Complete a digital literacy pre-assessment;
  • Submit a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee; and
  • Acknowledge and accept admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

Educational Diagnostician Certification

Do you want to earn a Texas Educational Diagnostician Certification? 

Admission Requirements

  • A master’s degree in a field of education (You may work on a special education master’s degree concurrently with diagnostician certification)
  • Valid Texas Teaching Certification
  • Three years of teaching experience
  • 36 hours of specified coursework (A minimum of 18 graduate hours and a minimum of 12 graduate hours taken from TWU is required)

Certification Plan

Educational Diagnostician Handbook

After being admitted to the Graduate School and the Teacher Education Special Education Graduate Program, the certification candidate must meet with a diagnostician coordinator to complete an Educational Diagnostician Certification Worksheet.

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

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.

*Admission to the Ph.D. in Special Education

Program Contact

Diane Myers, Ph.D.
Chair and Admissions Coordinator
940-898-2402
dmyers1@twu.edu

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

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Collect and submit the following documents as separate pdf files in ONE email to teachereducation@twu.edu with the subject line (YOUR LAST NAME)-(YOUR FIRST NAME)-Ph.D. in Special Education. Please attach all items as PDFs.:
    • Current résumé
    • Letter of intent detailing the candidate’s reasons for pursuing a Ph.D. in Special Education
    • teaching certificate(s), if applicable
    • teaching service record(s) from district Human Resources office (if applicable)
  3. Three professional references should submit letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate’s ability to do rigorous graduate work and potential for leadership in the field of special education as PDFs on institutional or organization letterhead to teachereducation@twu.edu. Recommenders should include student name and "Ph.D. in Special Education" in the subject line.
  4. Successfully complete an interview with Special Education faculty members.

Admission to the doctoral program in special education takes into consideration several factors deemed as important for success in graduate studies. No single factor determines an individual’s eligibility for admission.

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