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.

How to apply

  1. Apply to the university.
    • Submit required Department of Teacher Education Professional Certificate Program Application if you are applying to the Educational Diagnostician certification program.
    • Submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
    • Achieve at least a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours chronologically.
  2. Submit a current resume and letter of intent to teachereducation@twu.edu.
  3. Submit at least two professional letters of recommendation (from people who can speak to your ability to do rigorous graduate work) to teachereducation@twu.edu.

For more information, visit the Office of Admissions and the TWU Graduate School website.

The MEd in Special Education prepares educator candidates for the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) exam (State Board for Educator Certification through the Texas Education Agency). If you are a resident of another state, contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services to determine whether our program fulfills requirements to take the certification exam in your home state.

Educational Diagnostician Certification

Do you want to earn a Texas Educational Diagnostician Certification? Our program requirements include:

  • 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

How to Apply

Students interested in the Ph.D. Program in Special Education at TWU should:

1. Apply to the TWU Graduate School. (Note: the GRE<https://www.ets.org/gre> is required for this program.)

  • Apply to TWU through ApplyTexas.Org
  • Pay the non-refundable application fee.
  • Submit all official transcripts to:
    Texas Woman’s University Office of Admissions Processing
    P.O. Box 425649 Denton, TX 76204

2. Submit (a) a letter of intent discussing why you want to pursue a Ph.D. in Special Education, (b) three professional letters of reference that speak to your ability to be an excellent doctoral student, (b) a copy of your résumé, and, if applicable (d) a copy of your Teaching Service Record and copies of any valid educator certifications to:

Special Education Program Coordinator
Department of Teacher Education
Texas Woman’s University
Department of Teacher Education
P.O. Box 425649 Denton, TX 76204-5769

Note: These documents can also be emailed to teachereducation@twu.edu.

3. You will be contacted by a faculty member if you are selected to have an interview. A faculty member may also contact you for additional supplementary materials (e.g., academic writing samples) if deemed necessary. If you are not selected for an interview, you will be contacted by the Graduate School.



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