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Diagnostician Certification - 24 hours

Designed For

Professionals with a Master’s degree  interested in evaluation and programming for individuals with disabilities in P-12 school or clinical settings.

Your Future

Educational Diagnosticians provide educational, intellectual and social/emotional diagnostic information to help determine the most appropriate programs for individuals with disabilities.

Certification Area Advisor

Dr. Lisa Cavin, cavin@tarleton.edu

The Program

Coursework Required for Certification
Credit Hours Subject Course Course Title
3 EDSP 505 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
3 EDSP 511 Behavior Management in Special Education
3 EDSP 515 Advanced Study of Developmental Disabilities
3 EDSP 529 Assessing Cognitive Abilities Exceptional Learners
3 EDSP 525 Appraisal of Exceptional Learners
3 RDG 575 Literacy Assessment
3 EDSP 528 Case Management for Educational Diagnosticians
3 EDSP 599 Internship for Educational Diagnosticians
3 PSYC 5381 Assessment and Evaluation of Fundamentals

Additional Texas Certification Requirements:

  • Master's Degree
  • Minimum of 2 years credible school teaching experience
  • Successful completion of TExES examination
  • Valid classroom teaching certificate
Master Reading Teacher - 9 hours

About the Texas Master Reading Teacher (MRT) Program

In 1999, the 75th Texas Legislature established the $36 million Master Reading Teacher (MRT) Program to support advanced training for reading educators and offer additional support in reading for all classroom teachers. The Master Reading Teacher Certificate is being implemented as part of the Texas Reading Initiative to ensure that all Texas students are reading on grade level by the end of the third grade and that their reading knowledge and skills grow throughout their public school careers.

The goals of the Master Reading Teacher Program are to provide proficient teachers with the tools to:

  • enhance their expertise in the content and pedagogy of reading; and
  • guide fellow teachers in improving their reading instruction.

A Master Reading Teacher may be eligible for a state stipend if serving as a MRT on a designated “high-need” campus. Details about the MRT Program can be found on the web site for the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC)

Designed For

Professionals who seek expertise in reading. Classes are offered as online and hybrid courses to accommodate the working professional.

Your Future

Master Reading Teachers work collaboratively with classroom teachers to plan and deliver instruction to meet the needs of individuals with reading difficulties.

Certification Area Advisor

Dr. Laurie Sharp, lsharp@tarleton.edu

** ** Certification area advisors direct students' enrollment advisement and release of advising holds.

The Program

Certification: 9 hours
Credit Hours Subject Course Course Title Semester
3 RDG 573 Foundations of Reading Summer
3 RDG 575 Literacy Assessment Summer
3 PSY 590 Advanced Psycholinguistics Summer

These courses may be counted toward a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Tarleton State University and toward the Professional Reading Specialist Certificate.

Requirements and Admissions:

For information regarding requirements and the admission process for Tarleton's MRT program, please contact Dr. Laurie Sharp at 254-968-0530 or lsharp@tarleton.edu

Program Costs

Visit the Registrar to view current tuition and fee rates.

*Tuition and fees are established by the Texas legislature and are subject to change. The Master Reading Teacher Exam and Certification fees are set by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

Professional Reading Specialist

Designed For

Professionals who already have a Master's degree seek expertise in reading.  Classes are available online and hybrid to accommodate the working professional.

Your Future

Reading Specialist work collaboratively with classroom teachers.  They also plan and deliver instruction to meet the needs of individuals with reading difficulties.

Certification Area Advisor

Dr. Laurie Sharp, lsharp@tarleton.edu

** ** Certification area advisors direct students' enrollment advisement and release of advising holds.

The Program

CERTIFICATION: 9 HOURS
Credit Hours Subject Course Course Title
3 READ 5373 Foundations of Reading
3 READ 5374 Reading Resources and Materials
3 READ 5375 Reading Research and Assessment
3 READ 5376 Organization and Administration of Reading Programs
3 EDTC 5349 Educational Media and Technology
3 PSYC 5390 Special Topics
18 Total Hours

These courses may be counted toward a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Tarleton State University and toward the Professional Reading Specialist Certificate.

Other Requirements:

  • Master's degree
  • Valid Texas Teaching Certificate
  • Two years classroom teaching
  • EDUC 3320 Professional Development 1: Understanding Learners or ENGL 3370 An Introduction to Linguistics or PSYC 3320 Psycholinguistics

Program Costs

Visit the Registrar to view current tuition and fee rates.

*Tuition and fees are established by the Texas legislature and are subject to change. The Master Reading Teacher Exam and Certification fees are set by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).