The M.Ed. special education degrees and certifications offered through SFA ONLINE provide graduate level preparation for careers in the classroom or in a professional administrative environment. Special education programs at SFA are aligned with national standards for special educators and state standards for special education teachers. The program uses a performance-based assessment system to rate student performance on key assessments in various classes in order to provide data for accreditation and for program improvement.

The graduate program in EC-12 Special Education and the graduate program for educational diagnosticians are both nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children.

Additional recognition includes:


Master’s Program Guide (2018) Ranking of #21 out of the top 50 institutions for online M.Ed. in Special Education.


Best Choice Schools (2016) M.Ed. in Special Education ranked 14th among the 30 best schools for a masters degree in Special Education

Degree and Certificate Options

M.Ed. in Special Education (without teacher certification)


Individuals who choose this M.Ed. typically either a) work in a state agency where teacher certification is not required or b) currently hold a Texas teacher certification in special education or a general education content area.



M.Ed. in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification


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


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Educational Diagnostician (Certification Seeking Only)


An individual possessing a master's degree in a related field may be eligible for the option to seek certification only as an educational diagnostician. Additional information regarding the certification only option may be obtained by contacting Dr. Paige Mask, Special Education Graduate Program Advisor, at 936.468.1076 or

An evaluation of both undergraduate and graduate transcripts (copies of transcripts are acceptable) will be necessary in order to make recommendations for the Educational Diagnostician Certification Seeking Only plan, which will be filed with SFA's Certification Officer.


Contact Information 

Dr. Paige Mask
P.O. Box 13019 SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962
Office Phone: 936.468.

Fax: 936.468.5837​

Master of Education in Special Education


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