Educational Diagnostician Certification

The Department of Educational Psychology offers an Educational Diagnostician Certification for candidates who already hold a master’s degree. This certification is designed for students who want to be employed as an Educational Diagnostician or for teachers who are interested in assessment issues in the classroom. A focus of this concentration is on Curriculum Based Assessment and the implications it holds for teachers making curricular decisions. In addition, upon completion of the certification requirements, students will be certified to administer standardized tests including the WISC-IV, Stanford Binet V, WJ-COG, WIAT-III and various other individual measurements.

This is a certification program, not a Graduate Academic Certificate.  The application procedures for students seeking certification only are the same as for students seeking MEd with certification. See Educational Psychology Admissions for application procedures.  

Faculty Contact: Dr. Pamela Peak (

Admission Requirements

The Academic Certification in Educational Diagnosticians requires faculty to holistically review application materials to determine specific course sequence and can be up to 27 graduate level hours.

Individuals seeking the Professional Certification in the area of Educational Diagnostician must possess a Master's Degree and have satisfactorily met all the requirements of the UNT Educational Diagnostician program.

Students seeking recommendation for a professional certification at UNT must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at UNT. This is a university requirement.

During your enrollment in EDSP 5540, you must file a deficiency plan with the Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105. In preparation for obtaining the deficiency plan, you must meet with a faculty advisor who will complete an Educational Diagnostician Deficiency Plan. This worksheet along with copies of your teaching certificate, teaching service record, and official transcripts for all college/university credit completed will be required by the Student Advising Office.

Once the official deficiency plan is completed by the Student Advising Office, the student must provide a copy to the Special Education Office for his/her official student file.

Course Requirements for Certification (applicant must meet course prerequisites, if any)

1) Special Education Common Core (9 hours)

EDSP 5240 - Collaboration with Parents, Para-educators, and Professionals (3 hours)
EDSP 5710 - Special Education Programs and Practices (3 hours)
EDSP 5330 - Classroom and Behavior Management (3 hours)

2) Educational Diagnostician Courses (minimum 18 hours)

EDSP 5510 - Educational Appraisal of Exceptional Learners (3 hours)
EDSP 5360 - Assessment of Autism (3 hours)
EDSP 5530 - Individualized Diagnostic Assessment I: Practicum (3 hours)
EDSP 5540 - Individualized Diagnostic Assessment II: Practicum (3 hours)
EDSP 5560 - Assistive Technology (3 hours)
EPSY 5210 - Educational Statistics (3 hours)

Each student must have a valid Texas teaching certificate in Special Education or a related area and two years of teaching experience as a fully licensed teacher.

Students who are accepted to the program must agree to abide by the attached Policy Manual.