Special Education Master's Degree Program
Generic with EBD/Autism Emphasis: MS, MEd or MA (download pdf)
Generic Certification: MS, MEd, or MA (download pdf)
Generic No Certification: MS, MEd, or MA (download pdf)
Special Education: Certification and Non-Certification Programs
The Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education offers majors and minors in special education resulting in the M.A., M.S., and M.Ed. A variety of specific coursework options exist, including those that do and do not lead toward certification. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.
Students attending Texas A&M University-Commerce as special education students may select to participate at one or all of our three campus locations: the main campus in Commerce, the Metroplex Campus in Mesquite or the Navarro location. Designated courses are offered online and web enhanced. Faculty members in Special Education are diverse in training, backgrounds and interests creating an excellent opportunity for graduate student preparation in this high-needs field.
Graduates can obtain one of three degrees: the Master of Arts, Master of Science, and the Master of Education according to the area of student interest and degree requirements sought. Minors in special education graduate studies are also available at the Master's level (12 hours in an area of concentration) and Doctoral level.
The Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education offers a Master's Degree leading to certification as an Educational Diagnostician. This program includes 45 hours of coursework including specific training in diagnosis and intervention strategies for individuals with special needs. We are pleased that our graduates approach 100 percent employment throughout Texas. For more information, contact Dana Sutherland(email@example.com).
Coursework for Educational Diagnostician Degree Path (download pdf)
I. Foundation and Professional Roles (6-9 hours)
SpEd 520 Introduction to Exceptional Children
SpEd 524 Characteristics of Students with Mild Disabilities
SpEd 526 Characteristics of Students with Moderate Disabilities
Sped 540 Autism: Assessment and Intervention
II. Law (3 hours)
SpEd 528 Special Education Law
III. Assessment and Evaluation (12 hours)
Psy/SpEd 572 Foundations of Psychological Assessment
Psy/SpEd 573 Assessment I
SpEd 574 Appraisal of Exceptional Children
Psy 635 Advanced Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
IV. Curriculum and Instruction (12 hours)
Psy/SpEd 535 Applied Behavior Analysis
SpEd 553 Cognition, Learning, and Development
SpEd 580 Adaptive Behavior in Exceptional Children
SpEd 586 Inclusion
V. Practicum (3 hours)
Psy 691 Clinical Practicum in Psychology
VI. Research (6-9 hours)Psy/Sped 605 Single Subject Design
SpEd 518 Thesis (6 semester hours)
SpEd 595 Research Literature and Techniques
Psy 612 Psychological and Educational Statistics
Prerequisites:1. Admission into Graduate School;
2. Acceptance into department’s Master’s Degree program for educational diagnostician certification;
(If Master’s Degree is currently held, acceptance into the educational diagnostician certification program is required.)
3. Hold valid classroom teaching certificate prior to development of Certification/Degree Plan;
4. Admission to the Center for Educator Certification and Academic Services;
5. Completion of deficiency/degree plan; (Coursework applied to certification cannot exceed 6 years of age at the time of program completion.)
6. Successful completion of the comprehensive exam by non-thesis candidates (may be taken after 18 hours in psychology/special education as identified on deficiency/degree plan);
7. Two years teaching experience (approved by SBEC and may be obtained concomitantly with degree/deficiency plan completion);
8. Transfer of maximum of 4 courses from a non-degree to a degree program;
9. Required approval to register for Psy 691;
10. A minimum of 12 graduate semester hours taken at Texas A&M University-Commerce as certifying institution;
11. Approval for TExES when all coursework is completed or during the last semester of coursework (not to exceed 6 SH);
12. Requirement of a GPA of 3.50 on SpEd 520, Psy/SpEd 572, Psy/SpEd 573, SpEd 574, Psy 691 and overall GPA of 3.50 on ALL certification coursework.
Generic Special Education Certification (Thesis or non-thesis):
The Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education offers a Master's Degree leading to Generic Certification in Special Education. This 36 hour program includes areas of coursework concentration in identification and diagnosis of and intervention for learners with special needs. For more information, contact Dana Sutherland (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Master's Degree Program (no certification):
The Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education offers a Master's Degree with no certification. This 36 hour program can be designed to address an array of interests in serving individuals with special needs. The student may select from a thesis or non-thesis program. For more information, contact Dana Sutherland (email@example.com).
Admission: Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Education in Special Education
In addition to meeting the general university requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants to the Master’s Degree program in special education must:
1. Have a grade point average of at least “B” (3.00) in all advanced or graduate special education courses taken.
2. Have a satisfactory background in education, psychology, or related areas.
3. Have all deficiencies removed prior to admission to the program.
4. Submit three letters of recommendation.
5. Submit a statement of goals.
6. Submit scores for the quantitative, verbal, and writing sections of the GRE. (Undergraduate seniors who plan to apply for graduate training should arrange to take the GRE during their senior year.)
In addition, applicants may submit for departmental review additional materials or a portfolio to support their application, including items such as awards, certificates of merit, examples of innovative program/curriculum development, publications, and a resume. Students seeking admission will be required to have approval of the department’s graduate faculty.