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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Great faculty

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

You can pursue a M.Ed. in Special Education with a focus on interventions or a M.Ed. in Special Education plus Educational Diagnostician certification.


  • A valid teaching certificate and at least three years of teaching experience are required to seek a M.Ed. with diagnostician certification.
  • If you are seeking initial teaching certification, you will need to apply for our MAT program.

Course rotation

M.Ed. in Special Education Degree Plan

Online convenience

A great thing about the M.Ed. 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

Educational Diagnostician Certification

Do you want to earn a Texas Educational Diagnostician Certification? 

Educational Diagnostician Handbook

Post-Master's Certificate - Educational Diagnostician

Preparation that counts

The community within the program was my favorite part. Professors were supportive and knowledgeable, and classmates are now friends that serve as a resource network. I use what I learned DAILY in my job diagnostic testing for evaluations and interpreting results for identification purposes. TWU shaped my dream into reality. I am forever grateful. Dawn Farlow, Educational Diagnostician-Certificate Only

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.

Course rotation

TWU Ph.D. in Special Education Handbook

Ph.D. in Special Education Degree Plan

Top resources with family feel

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

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

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

How to Apply

There are two steps to apply for our program:

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

Note. We cannot begin reviewing your application until you complete both steps.

Program Contacts

Ph.D. in Special Education

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

M.Ed. in Special Education seeking Educational Diagnostician Certification

Maria Peterson, Ph.D.
Visiting 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

  • 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.

Page last updated 11:35 PM, March 15, 2021