Stephen F. Austin State University

Special Education

Special Education

The mission of the Special Education Program is to prepare knowledgeable caring educators equipped with valuable tools for classrooms that serve students with exceptionalities. To meet this mission, the program embraces cultural and linguistic diversity, emphasizes the importance of evidence-based practice, critical thinking skills, interdisciplinary collaboration, ethical principles and continued professional development throughout one's career.

The Special Education Program at SFA is housed in the Human Services/Telecommunications Building (HSTC). Faculty offices are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Classrooms are located on the third floor. Undergraduate special education programs are offered online and face-to-face. Graduate programs are offered online. Numerous school districts in the area cooperate with the program in placing special education teaching candidates for field experiences. A Special Education Advisory Board provides input and feedback to the faculty from practitioners in the field including special education directors, educational diagnosticians, and teachers. Special education programs at SFA are aligned with national standards for special educators and state standards for special education teachers. A performance based assessment system is used in which candidate performance is rated on key assessments in various classes in order to provide data for accreditation and for program improvement.

The undergraduate program in EC-12 Special Education and the graduate M.Ed. programs for EC-12 Special Education and Educational Diagnosticians are all nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children.

In 2017, College Choice ranked our innovative BSIS program as #8 for best online special education degrees (https://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/best-online-special-education-degree/).

In 2018, Master's Program Guide ranked our graduate Special Education program as #21 out of the top 50 institutions for online M.Ed. in Special Education (https://www.mastersprogramsguide.com/rankings/best-online-masters-special-education/).

In 2016, Best Choice Schools ranked our graduate Special Education program as #14 among the 30 best schools for a masters degree in Special Education (http://www.bestchoiceschools.com/masters-in-special-education-online/).

For more information about the program contact the appropriate program coordinator or a faculty member.

Special Education Programs

Undergraduate Program

Students who want to teach Special Education major in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Special Education. The degree awarded upon completion of the program is a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS). The undergraduate program is designed to prepare students for certification as an EC-12 Special Education teacher and an EC-6 Generalist teacher. Consideration will be given to students who desire a different content area certification rather than the EC-6 Generalist. Students must be advised each semester through the Education Advising Center - College of Education Student Services and Advising Center

The Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) is a way for interested students to become more involved here at Stephen F. Austin State University serving and learning about individuals with exceptionalities as well as the professional field of special education. Students in SCEC engage in a variety of social and professional activities, but most of all they have fun! SCEC is a division of the international organization of Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). CEC, a nonprofit association, accomplishes its mission, which is carried out in support of special education professionals and others working on behalf of individuals with exceptionalities, by advocating for appropriate governmental policies; by setting professional standards; by providing continuing professional development; by advocating for newly and historically under- served individuals with exceptionalities; and by helping professionals achieve the conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

The Online Special Education Degree Completion Program is an innovative program will allow paraprofessionals (instructional aides) working in Texas public schools and other qualified individuals who have completed at least 45 hours at community colleges to seamlessly transfer to SFASU and complete online a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS) degree with a concentration in special education and EC-12 special education teacher certification. Paraprofessionals can earn a Texas teaching certificate while remaining in the schools and classrooms where they work, with the addition of one semester of full-time student teaching.

Minor in Special Education

A minor in special education is available to students with a major leading to teacher certification at the EC-6, 4-8, or 8-12 levels. Required courses include: SPE 329, 432, 439, 438, 434, and 461 (TExES 163 required). The minor available for students seeking EC-12 certification includes SPE 329, 432, 439, 438, 434, 461, RDG 318, 320, and ELE 303 (TExES 161 required).Admission to the Educator Certification Program is required and students must work with a special education advisor for course sequence and additional requirements.

Minor in Early Intervention
An 18 hour minor is available for students majoring in rehabilitation, speech language pathology, psychology or other related fields who are interested in becoming an Early Intervention Specialist (EIS) working with infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. Required courses are: SPE 329, 464, 463; HMS 236,443, 459. For students majoring in Human Sciences, the minor includes 18 hours from the following: SPE 329, 439,434, 463, 464, 465, and 466.
Non-Teaching Minor
An 18 hour minor is available for those seeking additional training in working with special populations, but who are not seeking teacher certification. This minor is appropriate for students in programs such as psychology, orientation & mobility, kinesiology, rehabilitation, social work, and those seeking the Bachelors of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree. Required courses are: SPE 120, 329, 432, 460, 463, 464.
Graduate Programs Online

There are 4 options for candidates seeking a master's degree or certification with a major in special education:

  1. M.Ed. in Special Education Online (non-teacher certification seeking)
  2. M.Ed. in Special Education Online (initial teacher certification in Special Education)
  3. M.Ed. in Special Education Online (Educational Diagnostician certification seeking)
  4. Educational Diagnostician Certification Seeking Only (For individuals who hold an M.ED and teacher certification)
M.Ed. in Special Education Online (non-teacher certification seeking)

M.Ed. in Special Education (non-teacher certification seeking)

The M.Ed. in Special Education program provides graduate level preparation in the area of disability awareness, instructional strategies, formal and informal assessment, and law. Individuals who typically choose this type of M.Ed. are certified teachers who desire to expand on his or her knowledge base and/or individuals who works for a state agency such as Early Childhood Intervention, Mental Health Mental Retardation (MHMR), other state facilities, hospitals, or like agencies.

Required courses:

  • SPE 532, 538, 539, 560, 561, 562, 564, 565, 566, and 567
  • plus 6 hours of elective concentration planned with the graduate advisor
M.Ed. in Special Education Online (initial teacher certification seeking)

M.Ed. in Special Education Online (initial teacher certification seeking)

The M.Ed. in Special Education program provides graduate level preparation in the area of disability awareness, instructional strategies, formal and informal assessment, and law. This M.Ed. and its accompanying certification would qualify an individual to teach in a Texas special education PK -12 public or private school setting. Before you complete the pre-admission process, please contact Dr. Paige Mask (maskp@sfasu.edu) for details and resources regarding the required PACT test prior to program entry.

Note: This type of M.Ed. will require both a degree plan as well as a certification plan from the Teacher Education Department. The program consists of master's level coursework and preparation for certification as a special education teacher. To obtain a professional certification as a special education teacher, an individual person must pass 3 TExES exams: 1) #161 EC-12 Special Education TExES, 2) #160 All-Level Professional Roles and Responsibilities TExES, and 3) an additional content area based on coursework, the candidate interests and career goals, and planned with the graduate program coordinator.

Required courses for the M.Ed. in Special Education with EC -12 Special Education Certification:

  • SPE 532, 538, 539, 560, 561, 562, 564, 565, 566, and 567
  • plus 6 hours of elective concentration planned with the graduate advisor. These electives will be used to fulfill the teacher certification courses on your certification plan (SED and RDG courses).

Note: SPE 561 should be taken as one of the last courses due to preparation for the #161 EC-12 Special Education TExES and field experience requirements.

More information regarding teacher certification may be found on the following site: http://www.sfasu.edu/coeadvising/266.asp

M.Ed. in Special Education Online (Educational Diagnostician certification)

M.Ed. in Special Education Online (Educational Diagnostician certification)

The Educational Diagnostician program provides graduate level preparation in the area of disabilities, instructional strategies, formal assessment, and law. An educational diagnostician is a master's level professional who works within the public school system to ensure than special education services are provided to eligible students in accordance with all applicable federal laws, regulations, state statutes, Texas Education Agency, and the Commissioner of Education. The program consists of master's level coursework and preparation for certification as an Educational Diagnostician.

Required courses for the M.Ed. in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification:

  • SPE 560, 561, 562, 567, 565, 571, 564, 566, 545, 544, 554, and SPE 555

Note: SPE 554 and 555 will be taken as one of the last courses due to preparation for the #153 Educational Diagnostician TExES and 160 required practicum hours.

Educational Diagnostician Certification Seeking Only Online (for individuals who hold an M.Ed. and teacher certification)

Educational Diagnostician Certification Seeking Only (for individuals who hold an M.Ed. and teacher certification)

To be eligible for a professional certification as an educational diagnostician, an individual must have a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education and have three years of classroom teaching experience in a public or accredited private school. An individual possessing a master's degree in a related field and teacher certification may be eligible for the option of seeking certification for the educational diagnostician certificate. If you meet this criteria, please submit the following information to Dr. Paige Mask (maskp@sfasu.edu) for review before completing the pre-admission process:

M. Ed. in Special Education with Orientation and Mobility

Candidates who have previously earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university are eligible to apply for admission to the SFASU O&M program at the graduate level. Admission typically occurs once per year, with initial coursework beginning in the first summer term. Some students may be accepted into the program at other times, however course options may be limited due to prerequisites (e.g., summer coursework SPE 500 and SPE 516). Students in the graduate O&M program are required to come to the SFASU campus for approximately six weeks to receive intensive, hands-on training in basic orientation and mobility (SPE 500). Housing and meals are provided through grant funding while students reside on our campus. Following completion of SPE 500 and SPE 516, candidates are typically able to finish the remainder of training from their home location. Required coursework includes:

  • SPE 500-Beginning Clinical Practicum in O&M (blindfold) (6 hours)
  • SPE 516-Structure and Function of the Visual System
  • SPE 515-Foundations in Visual Impairment
  • SPE 518-Basic Concepts in O&M
  • SPE 519-Low Vision
  • SPE 552- Instructional Strategies for Individuals with Visual and Multiple Impairments
  • SPE 593-Intermediate Clinical Practicum in O&M
  • SPE 594-Advanced Clinical Practicum in O&M
  • SPE 595-Internship in O&M (6 hours)

Completion of the above courses is required in order to become eligible for certification through our national certifying body, ACVREP. Candidates may apply for and take the national certification examination during internship placement.

Grant funding is available for graduate students in the O&M training program, allocated on a competitive basis. Applications for grant funds are due the third Monday of March each year.

We offer three tracks:

M.Ed. in Special Education with concentration in Orientation and Mobility

M.Ed. in Special Education with dual certification as a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments and Orientation and Mobility Specialist.

Graduate Program for Orientation and Mobility Certificate only

For more information, visit our program website: http://www.sfasu.edu/humanservices/122.asp

M. Ed. in Special Education with Visual Impairment

The Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) program will prepare you to teach children with visual impairments from birth through 22 years of age. This 21 credit-hour program (7 courses) trains graduate level students who already hold a valid Texas teaching certificate. Instructional arrangements and schedules are designed with the needs of the non-traditional student or working adult in mind. The requirements of the program can be completed in approximately one calendar year. TVI candidates are primarily admitted once per year in cohorts beginning during the summer term (admission at other times is limited to courses without prerequisites). Training begins with two summer classes:

  • SPE 517 - Communication Skills for Students with Visual Impairments (aka the "Braille Course")
  • SPE 516 - Structure and Function of the Visual System (aka the "Eye Course")

These two classes are taught here at SFASU and are delivered to remote locations through participating Education Service Centers (ESCs) over the TETN video conferencing platform. After these six credit hours have been successfully completed, your school district can apply for an emergency permit so that you may serve as their Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) while you continue enrollment in your training program. Candidates will be eligible to work and perform all duties of a TVI under the emergency permit. Instructions for obtaining an emergency permit as a TVI are linked below. All candidates beginning their TVI careers receive onsite support from experienced TVI mentors and from university supervisors.

Upon completion of the braille course, Texas candidates are permitted to take the Texas Examination of Educators Standards (TExES) test for Braille (TExES 183- Braille), one of two TExES tests required for full certification in Visual Impairment in the state of Texas.

After passing the two summer courses described above, the following courses* must be successfully completed in order to fulfill TVI certification requirements:

  • SPE 515 - Foundations in Visual Impairment (Fall semester)
  • SPE 552 - Instructional Methods for Students who have Multiple Impairments including Visual Impairment (Fall semester)
  • SPE 518 - Basic Orientation and Mobility (Spring semester)
  • SPE 551 - Methods for Working with Students with Visual Impairments (Spring semester)

*The fall and spring courses listed above are delivered in evenings via the Internet, and do not require travel to your local ESC.

  • SPE 558 - Practicum in Visual Impairment (a three to six semester hour practicum) is also required to complete the program. You will enter practicum in whatever semester you begin providing TVI service to students with visual impairments.

Those of you living/working in Texas are expected to successfully complete the state certification test in Visual Impairment (TExES 182 - Visually Impaired) at or near the end of your spring semester classes.

Candidates must successfully complete all instructional classes, examinations, and practicum assignments in order to be eligible to add "Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments" to their official educator certificate. Candidates from other states should contact the program faculty to work collaboratively to ensure that local requirements are met.

Grant funding is available for Texas candidates in the TVI program. These funds pay for tuition and most fees. Funds are limited, and are allocated on a competitive basis. Applications for this grant funding are due the third Monday of March each year. If selected, your grant funding is "paid back" through subsequent work in the field of visual impairment in Texas, as detailed in the grant agreement.

Candidates may wish to continue training and add certification as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS). This is referred to as dual certification. There may be funding assistance to add training toward national certification in O&M. Candidates may also obtain a Master's degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Visual Impairment and/or Orientation & Mobility. Currently, grant funds from our program can only be used cover courses required for certification, but most of these certification courses will count toward completion of the M.Ed. Candidates may seek outside funds or self-pay for their required Master's degree coursework.

We offer three tracks:

M. Ed. in Special Education with Visual Impairment Certification

M. Ed. in Special Education with Dual Certificate as a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments and Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Graduate Level Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments Certificate only

For more information, visit the program's website: http://www.sfasu.edu/humanservices/123.asp

Graduate Program Pre-Admission Requirements

The GRE is waived for individuals that have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (overall GPA or last 60 hours GPA) or for those who already hold a master's degree.

Step 1:
The first step towards initial teacher certification is to pass a content area TExES exam. Provided below is the link to TExES preparation manuals. Scroll down to see all the choices and look through manuals that you are interested in such as the #291 Core Subjects EC-6. The #291 Core Subjects test is recommended by our program, but is not the only option. Choose content areas rather than special education or deaf and hard of hearing or visual impairments. The areas are not considered content areas.

http://cms.texes-ets.org/texes/prepmaterials/texes-preparation-manuals/

Once you decide on an area, please consider using the CertifyTeacher software to study. You will want to purchase the ONLINE version of this software for $55.

Our recommendation is that you will need to study 3-5 hours in the software - Flashcards and Quiz/Study mode. Even if you get a question correct in study mode, you will still need to click on the Explanation button and read why an answer choice was correct or incorrect. This is where the true learning and review occurs Then, you will take the Random Full-Length Exam working to score a 250 or higher in order to see how you would do on the real TExES. When you have completed the test, it will let you know how you performed by competency. Use this competency information (scores of 85% or below) to create quizzes in Study Mode. Even if you get a question correct in study mode, you will still need to click on the Explanation button and read why an answer choice was correct or incorrect. This is where the true learning and review occurs. Students who score a 250 or higher on this random test with each competency being 80% or higher are likely to pass the state TExES exam.

Software may be purchased from CertifyTeacher.com

Step 2:
After you pass your #291 EC-6 Generalist TExES, then you will do the same type of study for your #161 All-Level Special Education TExES. You would order the online version of the #161 All-Level Special Education TExES and prepare for and pass this TEXES exam.

After passing both a content area TExES (e.g. #291 Core Subjects) and the #161 All-Level Special Education TExES, you can apply to SFA's PBIC program and complete approximately 18 hours of coursework and pass your #160 PPR TExES to become a certified teacher OR you could enroll in the M.Ed. in Special Education with initial teacher certification.


Step 3:
Please research the TEACH grant to learn about a grant money that pays for initial teacher certification.

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach

A Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is different from other federal student grants because it requires you to take certain kinds of classes in order to get the grant, and then do a certain kind of job to keep the grant from turning into a loan.

A condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach

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Step 4: (this pre-admission process is needed for both types of admission - M.ED. or the PBIC 18-hour certification program.

Complete the Pre-admission process below:

You will upload the following pre-admission items to a shared folder provided by Dr. Paige Mask (maskp@sfasu.edu). Items to upload include the following:

  1. Copy of your undergraduate transcript and, if applicable, a copy of graduate transcript.
  2. Copy of your passing general education content area TExES results (e.g., #291 Core Subjects TExES Results).
  3. Copy of your passing #161 All-Level Special Education TExES results.
  4. Three letters of recommendation (two of a professional nature and one can be a community member who has known you for some time). Please make sure these letters are signed.
  5. Current resume
  6. Essay - submit a typed double-spaced written statement (minimum 3-5 pages in length) that includes your responses to the following items:

    Academic Excellence
    - Please provide a brief sketch of your academic history and/or professional experience that will help to prepare you to teach.
    - What does academic excellence mean?

    Openness/Integrity
    - Describe a time when you were open to change or to differing ideas of others.
    - What does the word ethics mean to you?

    Educational Philosophy
    - Your philosophy on educating students with special needs.
  7. A video-recording introducing yourself to program faculty in a professional manner. This video is to be no longer than 5 minutes in duration. A free video recording resource may be found at http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/. Please include the following information in your video.
    · name
    · current employment
    · Qualities and competencies you possess that make you a good candidate for our program and a future quality educator.
    · Statement regarding your ability and motivation to participate in a rigorous certification program.
    · Examples of your organizational skills and strategies.

    Collaboration/Service
    o Describe a team project you have worked on and your role
    o What does service mean to you?
    o How could service enrich the teaching profession?

    When the above items have been completed and submitted, you will be asked to participate in a short online video-conferencing interview session where you may be asked up to 5 additional questions. You will access this interview via a provided web link. Once this process is completed and you been notified of your acceptance to the program, you may apply to the Graduate School. The application can be accessed and submitted electronically from the following website: http://www.sfasu.edu/graduate/101.asp. Please complete the application as an M.Ed. seeking student. Please do not submit a Graduate School application before completing these requirements, as the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

Graduate Program Admissions Process

Admission to any of the graduate Special Education Programs is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School; therefore, a student applying to Special Education graduate program must meet the criteria for admission to the graduate school. Criteria for admission to the Graduate School include a 2.5 GPA overall GPA for provisional admission, and a 2.8 overall GPA for Clear Admission. The GRE is waived for individuals who hold an M.Ed. in a related field or for individuals with an undergraduate (overall or last 60 hours) GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Before you complete an application to the Graduate School at Stephen F. Austin State University, please contact Dr. Paige Mask (maskp@sfasu.edu) for a shared folder invitation that will allow you to electronically upload the pre-admission items listed below for your chosen M.Ed. or certification seeking only track. Each applicant's pre-admission items will be reviewed by the program faculty members. Please do not submit a Graduate School application before completing these requirements, as the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

All pre-admission items will be uploaded to a shared folder (via invitation email sent by Dr. Paige Mask). In order to receive the shared folder invitation, you will need to create a free Microsoft account that uses your current email account. Directions for creating this account may be obtained from Paige Mask. When your Microsoft account has been created and you are ready to upload your pre-admission items, please email Dr. Paige Mask (maskp@sfasu.edu) to request a shared folder invitation.

When the above items have been completed and submitted, you may be asked to participate in a short, online video-conferencing interview session in which you will be asked up to five additional questions. You will access this interview via a provided web link. Once this process is completed and you been notified of your acceptance to the program, you may apply to the Graduate School. The application can be accessed and submitted electronically from the following website: http://www.sfasu.edu/graduate/101.asp. Please complete the application as an M.Ed. seeking student. Please do not submit a Graduate School application before completing these requirements, as the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

Review Process

Candidates for admission will only be considered following the submission of a completed pre-admission folder. The applicant's pre-admission folder is reviewed by program faculty. An applicant is then notified by email regarding the program recommendation on his/her application.

Graduate Program Pre-Admission Requirements

M.Ed. in Special Education without initial teacher certification

M.Ed. in Special Education without initial teacher certification

  1. Copy of undergraduate transcript and, if applicable, a copy of graduate transcript
  2. Initial teacher certification only: Complete and return a provided initial teacher certification seeking tracking form. A copy of this form may be obtained from Paige Mask (maskp@sfasu.edu). This certification tracking form will not be submitted until you are admitted to the program and enrolled in your first semester of coursework.
  3. Three letters of recommendation (two of a professional nature and one can be a community member who has known you for some time). Please make sure these letters are signed.
  4. Current resume
  5. Essay - a typed, double-spaced written statement (minimum 3-5 pages in length) describing your experience in the field of special education, your philosophy on educating students with special needs, and how personal qualities and educational experience would make you an exceptional candidate for the special education graduate program.
  6. A video-recording introducing yourself to program faculty in a professional manner. This video is to be no longer than 5 minutes in duration. A free video recording resource may be found at http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/. Please include the following information in your video.
    • Name
    • Current employment
    • Years of teaching experience and/or types of teaching experiences
    • Teacher certifications (if applicable)
    • Qualities and competencies you possess that would make you a good candidate for our program and a future professional in the field.
    • Statement regarding your ability and motivation to participate in a rigorous program.

All pre-admission items will be uploaded to a shared folder (via invitation email sent by Dr. Paige Mask). In order to receive the shared folder invitation, you will need to create a free Microsoft account that uses your current email account. Directions for creating this account may be obtained from Paige Mask. When your Microsoft account has been created and you are ready to upload your pre-admission items, please email Dr. Paige Mask (maskp@sfasu.edu) to request a shared folder invitation.

When the above items have been completed and submitted, you may be asked to participate in a short, online video-conferencing interview session in which you will be asked up to five additional questions. You will access this interview via a provided web link. Once this process is completed and you been notified of your acceptance to the program, you may apply to the Graduate School. The application can be accessed and submitted electronically from the following website: http://www.sfasu.edu/graduate/101.asp. Please complete the application as an M.Ed. seeking student. Please do not submit a Graduate School application before completing these requirements, as the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

M.Ed. in Special Education with initial teacher certification

M.Ed. in Special Education with initial teacher certification.

  1. Copy of undergraduate transcript and, if applicable, a copy of graduate transcript
  2. Initial teacher certification only: Complete and return a provided initial teacher certification seeking tracking form. A copy of this form may be obtained from Paige Mask (maskp@sfasu.edu). This certification tracking form will not be submitted until you are admitted to the program and enrolled in your first semester of coursework.
  3. Three letters of recommendation (two of a professional nature and one can be a community member who has known you for some time). Please make sure these letters are signed.
  4. Current resume
  5. Essay - a typed, double-spaced written statement (minimum 3-5 pages in length) describing your experience in the field of special education, your philosophy on educating students with special needs, and how personal qualities and educational experience would make you an exceptional candidate for the special education graduate program.
  6. A video-recording introducing yourself to program faculty in a professional manner. This video is to be no longer than 5 minutes in duration. A free video recording resource may be found at http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/. Please include the following information in your video.
    • Name
    • Current employment
    • Years of teaching experience and/or types of teaching experiences
    • Teacher certifications (if applicable)
    • Qualities and competencies you possess that would make you a good candidate for our program and a future professional in the field.
    • Statement regarding your ability and motivation to participate in a rigorous program.

All pre-admission items will be uploaded to a shared folder (via invitation email sent by Dr. Paige Mask). In order to receive the shared folder invitation, you will need to create a free Microsoft account that uses your current email account. Directions for creating this account may be obtained from Paige Mask. When your Microsoft account has been created and you are ready to upload your pre-admission items, please email Dr. Paige Mask (maskp@sfasu.edu) to request a shared folder invitation.

When the above items have been completed and submitted, you may be asked to participate in a short, online video-conferencing interview session in which you will be asked up to five additional questions. You will access this interview via a provided web link. Once this process is completed and you been notified of your acceptance to the program, you may apply to the Graduate School. The application can be accessed and submitted electronically from the following website: http://www.sfasu.edu/graduate/101.asp. Please complete the application as an M.Ed. seeking student. Please do not submit a Graduate School application before completing these requirements, as the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

M.Ed. in Special Education with the educational diagnostician certification

M.Ed. in Special Education with the educational diagnostician certification

  1. Letter from your Special Education Director indicating permission for you to complete a 160-hour practicum experience over the course of two semesters at the end of your certification program. An information letter that you can provide to your special education director may be obtained from Dr. Paige Mask (maskp@sfasu.edu). The practicum letter is not completed at this time but rather serves to inform your director of experiences we would like for you to have during your last two semesters in the program.

    Note: Please know that school districts are not required or obligated to grant permission for practicum experiences to prospective SFA program students. Your request for practicum experiences must be done respectfully and with the full knowledge that your first priority to the district/school are your teaching responsibilities or other currently held position in the district. You will have 2 semesters in which to earn 160 hours of practicum experience. The majority of our students continue to work full-time in a district while completing these hours.
  2. Copy of your official Teacher Service Record (TSR)
  3. Copy of undergraduate transcript and, if applicable, a copy of graduate transcript
  4. Copy of your teacher certifications, which may be obtained from the following website: https://secure.sbec.state.tx.us/sbeconline/virtcert.asp
  5. Complete and return a provided advanced certification seeking tracking form. This certification tracking form will not be submitted until you are admitted to the program and enrolled in your first semester of coursework.
  6. Three letters of recommendation (two of a professional nature and one can be a community member who has known you for some time). Please make sure these letters are signed.
  7. Current resume
  8. Essay - a typed, double-spaced written statement (minimum 3-5 pages in length) describing your experience in the field of special education, your philosophy on educating students with special needs, and how personal qualities and educational experience would make you an exceptional candidate for the special education graduate program.
  9. A video-recording introducing yourself to program faculty in a professional manner. This video is to be no longer than 5 minutes in duration. A free video recording resource may be found at http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/. Please include the following information in your video.
    • Name
    • Current employment
    • Years of teaching experience and types of teaching experiences
    • Teacher certifications
    • Qualities and competencies you possess that would make you a good candidate for our program and a future quality educational diagnostician in the field.
    • Statement regarding your ability and motivation to participate in a rigorous certification program.

All pre-admission items will be uploaded to a shared folder (via invitation email sent by Dr. Paige Mask). In order to receive the shared folder invitation, you will need to create a free Microsoft account that uses your current email account. Directions for creating this account may be obtained from Paige Mask. When your Microsoft account has been created and you are ready to upload your pre-admission items, please email Dr. Paige Mask (maskp@sfasu.edu) to request a shared folder invitation.

When the above items have been completed and submitted, you may be asked to participate in a short, online video-conferencing interview session in which you will be asked up to five additional questions. You will access this interview via a provided web link. Once this process is completed and you been notified of your acceptance to the program, you may apply to the Graduate School. The application can be accessed and submitted electronically from the following website: http://www.sfasu.edu/graduate/101.asp. Please complete the application as an M.Ed. seeking student. Please do not submit a Graduate School application before completing these requirements, as the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

M.Ed. in Special Education with the educational diagnostician certification seeking only track
  1. Letter from your Special Education Director indicating permission for you to complete a 160-hour practicum experience over the course of two semesters at the end of your certification program. An information letter that you can provide to your special education director may be obtained from Dr. Paige Mask (maskp@sfasu.edu). The practicum letter is not completed at this time but rather serves to inform your director of experiences we would like for you to have during your last two semesters in the program.

    Note: Please know that school districts are not required or obligated to grant permission for practicum experiences to prospective SFA program students. Your request for practicum experiences must be done respectfully and with the full knowledge that your first priority to the district/school are your teaching responsibilities or other currently held position in the district. You will have 2 semesters in which to earn 160 hours of practicum experience. The majority of our students continue to work full-time in a district while completing these hours.
  2. Copy of your official Teacher Service Record (TSR)
  3. Copy of undergraduate transcript and, if applicable, a copy of graduate transcript
  4. Copy of your teacher certifications, which may be obtained from the following website: https://secure.sbec.state.tx.us/sbeconline/virtcert.asp
  5. Complete and return a provided advanced certification seeking tracking form. This certification tracking form will not be submitted until you are admitted to the program and enrolled in your first semester of coursework.
  6. Three letters of recommendation (two of a professional nature and one can be a community member who has known you for some time). Please make sure these letters are signed.
  7. Current resume
  8. Essay - a typed, double-spaced written statement (minimum 3-5 pages in length) describing your experience in the field of special education, your philosophy on educating students with special needs, and how personal qualities and educational experience would make you an exceptional candidate for the special education graduate program.
  9. A video-recording introducing yourself to program faculty in a professional manner. This video is to be no longer than 5 minutes in duration. A free video recording resource may be found at http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/. Please include the following information in your video.
    • Name
    • Current employment
    • Years of teaching experience and types of teaching experiences
    • Teacher certifications
    • Qualities and competencies you possess that would make you a good candidate for our program and a future quality educational diagnostician in the field.
    • Statement regarding your ability and motivation to participate in a rigorous certification program.

All pre-admission items will be uploaded to a shared folder (via invitation email sent by Dr. Paige Mask). In order to receive the shared folder invitation, you will need to create a free Microsoft account that uses your current email account. Directions for creating this account may be obtained from Paige Mask. When your Microsoft account has been created and you are ready to upload your pre-admission items, please email Dr. Paige Mask (maskp@sfasu.edu) to request a shared folder invitation.

When the above items have been completed and submitted, you may be asked to participate in a short, online video-conferencing interview session in which you will be asked up to five additional questions. You will access this interview via a provided web link. Once this process is completed and you been notified of your acceptance to the program, you may apply to the Graduate School. The application can be accessed and submitted electronically from the following website: http://www.sfasu.edu/graduate/101.asp. Please complete the application as an M.Ed. seeking student. Please do not submit a Graduate School application before completing these requirements, as the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

Educational Diagnostician

Educational Diagnostician Career Guide

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Online Masters in Special Education Program Handbook

Educational Diagnostician Certification Seeking Only Online Graduate Program

This program requires the prospective applicant to hold an M.Ed., teacher certification and 3 years of teaching experience prior to completing the pre-admission process.

Undergraduate Special Education Handbook

Undergraduate Optimal Course Sequence

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Undergraduate Handbook

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Financial Aid Offerings

To receive federal, state, or institutional funds you must:
• Complete the Federal Application for Student Aid (FASFA) by visiting: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
• Be enrolled in an eligible degree-seeking or certificate programs at least half-time (six credit hours).
• Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
• Have a valid Social Security Number
• Be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress toward completion of a degree or certificate
• Not owe a refund on a Federal grant or be in Default on a Federal educational loan
• Demonstrate a financial need, except for some loan programs *

For more information on Financial Aid at SFA visit http://www.sfasu.edu/faid/ orContact the SFA Financial Aid Office at (936) 468-2403

Teach Grant

A TEACH Grant can help you pay for college if you plan to become a teacher in a high-need field in a low-income area. The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching. For more information please visit the following site: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach#terms

Scholarships

Community College Transfer Scholarship Program

This award opportunity is for students who transfer to SFA from a community college during the fall or the spring. The award is $1,000 for the year if the recipient's transferable GPA is 3.0 to 3.49, and the award is $2,000 per year for students with a transferable GPA of 3.50 or higher. You do not have to apply for this scholarship. We consider all students for it when they're admitted to SFA.

SFA has hundreds of scholarships available to new and returning students. Some scholarships are based on merit, while others have a need-based, as well as merit, criteria. Scholarships requiring audition(s) or tryout(s) are also available. Criteria which may be used to determine recipients include class rank, high school or college GPA, scores on the ACT or SAT, leadership activities, and performance. Scholarship amounts range from $100 - $8,000. Some are renewable based upon academic performance, while others are one-time awards.

**For more information on SFA Scholarships please visit: http://www.sfasu.edu/admissions/scholarships/index.asp

Prospective Student Letter

Download the letter here.

TExES Links

Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) Program Preparation Manuals

Special Education EC-12 (161)

Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160)

Core Subjects EC-6 (291)

Educational Diagnostician (153)

Other Docs.

Alaska Teaching Position Brochure

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