About the Special Education Program
In conjunction with the state of Texas, the special education program provides for coursework in the certification areas of generic special education, educational diagnostician, visual impairment, and deaf education. Additional national certifications are available in orientation and mobility and applied behavior analysis. Students in the graduate special education program are prepared to work with individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings, including the public schools, higher education, and the private sector. To obtain a professional certificate in the state of Texas, students must pass the TExES examination for their area as well as meet other State Board of Educator Certification requirements.
Specific areas of interest within the special education program include autism, applied behavior analysis, generic special education, orientation and mobility, visual impairment, deafblindness, and deaf education.
A minimum of 36 hours is required for the master’s degree. Additional hours are required for certain certificates. Students may select to write a thesis or complete the non-thesis route. A majority of the courses in the master’s program in special education are available online.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Special Education requires 90 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate. Courses in the doctoral core are generally available throughout the year, including the summer sessions. The doctoral courses are available online.
Special education program applicants for the certification, master’s, or doctoral program must complete an application found at www.depts.ttu.edu/education/graduate/. Acceptance to the master’s program does not guarantee later acceptance to the doctoral program. For additional information, visit www.educ.ttu.edu. For information about the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies leading to a special education teaching certificate, refer to the Department of Teacher Education section .