Diagnostician Master's Degree Program


The University of Texas - El Paso's Educational Diagnostician Program shares the mission and vision of the Council for Exceptional Children's CCTR - TestingStandards for Educational Diagnosticians "to promote the most appropriate education of children and youth through appraisal, diagnosis, educational intervention, implementation and continuous evaluation of a prescribed program" for student success and achievement.

Who are Educational Diagnosticians?

Educational Diagnosticians are a group of qualified examiners who primarily serve as members of multidisciplinary teams in local school districts. They work closely with parents, teachers, school counselors, and school psychologists in using a wide variety of techniques to evaluate academic skills. Educational diagnosticians, in conjunction with other school personnel strive to help make CCTR-Testing 2education a positive and rewarding experience for students.

Information for Students Interested in Admission to the
Diagnostician Master's Degree Program

1. You must be a certified teacher with two years of teaching experience prior to beginning the Master's Degree in Educational Diagnostician.

  • You must have completed four specific courses in Special Education with grades of B or better. Those courses are SPED 3345, SPED 4330, SPED 4340 or SPED 5370, and SPED 5361.

If you have met the above criteria, you should apply for admission to the Graduate School indicating that you wish to be admitted to the Diagnostician program.

2. All students regardless of certification must take EDPC 5370: Learning and Memory as a prerequisite course.

3. Non Special Education certified teachers must complete three additional courses listed under SPED 5370: Special Topics, designated by departmental faculty.

4. Once we receive your transcript evaluation from the Graduate School, we will determine if you meet the criteria to be interviewed. If your GPA is at least 3.0 in your undergraduate course work (cumulative) OR in your major OR in your upper division course work and you have submitted all required documents, you are eligible to be interviewed and to take from 6 to 9 hours during the semester in which you are interviewed.

5. Ceritification Requirements: Requirements for the Issuance of the Standard Educational Diagnostician Certificate:

Successfully complete an educational diagnostician preparation program that meets the requirements of §239.82 (relating to Preparation Requirements) and §239.83 (relating to Standards for the Educational Diagnostician Certificate) of the Texas Administrative Code (Title 19; Part 7; Chapter 239; Subchapter C)

Successfully complete the assessments required

Hold a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education; and

You must be a certified teacher with two years of teaching experience prior to beginning the Master's Degree in Educational Diagnostician.

Please refer to the New Student Information Form which explains the interview and acceptance process in greater detail. Follow these links for admission information and the reference letter form.

Please contact program advisor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.