Graduate Academic Certificate - Autism Intervention
The Graduate Academic Certificate in Autism requires 15 graduate level hours. Admission to the program requires an application to the Toulouse Graduate School, selecting "GAC-AUTI" as the program of study. All coursework must be completed within four years. No credit applied to a previously awarded master’s degree can be applied toward this GAC. All courses are currently delivered online.
1) Meet the requirements for admission and apply to the Toulouse Graduate School. You can apply online through ApplyTexas.
2) Submit the following items to the department:
• Current resume or CV;
• One letter of recommendation; must be on letterhead, include contact information, and be signed.
• Program Application.
Items may be scanned and emailed to Devyn Dougherty or mailed to:
Student and Program Coordinator
Department of Educational Psychology
1155 Union Circle #311335
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Course Requirements for Certificate (applicant must meet course prerequisites, if any)
EDSP 5310 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 hours)
EDSP 5330 - Classroom and Behavioral Management Strategies for Exceptional Learners (3 hours)
EDSP 5340 - Teaching Students with High-Functioning Autism (3 hours)
EDSP 5350 - Educational Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 hours)
EDSP 5360 - Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 hours)
A student who is not seeking a degree or certification must be aware that a maximum of 12 semester hours earned prior to admission to a degree program may be counted toward degree requirements, if you decide to seek a master's degree or certification later.
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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.
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.
Graduate Academic Certificate - Gifted and Talented Education
The Gifted Education specialization offers a Graduate Academic Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education (GAC-GATE). It is not the same as Texas teacher certification, although the courses do prepare a person to sit for the Texas examination for supplemental certification in gifted education by the state. When completed this Graduate Academic Certificates is listed on the students' official transcripts.
All four of the certificate courses can be used in various master’s plans. It is also possible to complete a GAC-GATE and a master's or doctoral degree simultaneously, provided students apply for them simultaneously. There is a 6-year time window for use, of the courses in a masters or doctoral program. The Graduate Academic Certificate in Gifted Education (GAC-GATE) appears on completer's UNT transcript and they receive a elegant signed certificate from UNT attesting to their training.
Students who do not want a masters degree immediately, but seek preparation in gifted education, both individuals within Texas and those from other states or countries, should apply to the UNT Graduate school as Graduate Academic Certificate in Gifted Education (GAC-GATE) candidates.
Admission to this Graduate Academic Certificate does not require GRE scores. Students beginning with the GAC can reapply later for admission to the master's program, submit GRE scores and other departmental materials (see Master’s Admission).
EPSY 5105 - Nature and Needs of the Gifted and Talented (3 hours)
EPSY 5110 - Social and Emotional Aspects of the Gifted and Talented (3 hours)
EPSY 5120 - Planning Programs for the Gifted and Talented (3 hours)
EPSY 5130 - Methods and Curriculum for the Gifted and Talented (3 hours)
Once you have passed all four courses complete the Graduate Academic Certificate Verification of Completion form.
Once we receive this form, we will review it, sign it, and forward it to the UNT Graduate School. The Graduate School will verify the information and process the Certificate. The frameable Certificate is mailed to you at the address you put on the Verification Form.
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