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.

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 Master of Arts in Teaching program.

How to apply

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

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

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

Doctoral Student Handbook (PDF)

How to Apply

Students interested in the doctoral program should:

1. Apply to the TWU Graduate School (You should complete the GRE before applying.)

  1. Fill out the application at ApplyTexas
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit all official transcripts to:

Texas Woman’s University
Office of Admissions Processing
PO Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204

2. Submit (a) a letter of intent, (b) three letters of reference, (c) a copy of your résumé, (d) a copy of your Teaching Service Record, and (e) a copy of your Texas Teacher Certification to:

Special Education Program Coordinator
Texas Woman’s University
Department of Teacher Education
PO Box 425469
Denton, TX 76204-5769

3. Call 940-898-2271 to schedule an interview with TWU faculty in the special education program.

Page last updated 8:20 AM, August 2, 2017