M.Ed. On Campus

Special Populations

University of Houston

12 months
10728 USD/year
10728 USD/year
4632 USD/year
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The Special Populations program of the University of Houston prepares professionals for the high-needs field of Special Education. Special education has been a teacher shortage area in Texas and across the nation since shortage areas were first report by the US Department of Education.


Graduates find abundant opportunities for challenging and rewarding careers.  The program offers five tracks:

  • Special Education Emphasis (Online) focuses on obtaining the necessary capacity for working with individuals with disabilities.
  • Special Education Certification Emphasis (Hybrid) focuses on obtaining the necessary capacity for working with students with disabilities, as well as meets certification requirements to teach special education (EC-12) in the state of Texas.
  • Educational Diagnostician Certification Emphasis (Hybrid) prepares students for certification as Educational Diagnosticians in Texas Public Schools.  Students in this program currently hold a teaching certificate in the State of Texas. This program extends teachers' special education expertise by developing the necessary skillset to assess and identify learning problems in children, consult with parents and teachers in a multidisciplinary setting, and assume leadership roles.
  • Gifted and Talented (Online) prepares students to complete supplemental certification as Gifted and Talented while providing a thorough understanding of  theory, research strategies, and best practices of gifted education.
  • Special Education Leadership Emphasis (Hybrid) prepares students who are working with learners with disabilities and other special needs to assume administrative roles* in special education in a K-12 school or at the district level. Develops students into special education leaders* that have the skills to address the complex issues surrounding educating students with challenges related to learning, social, and emotional needs.

What can I do with my degree?

The Special Populations program of the University of Houston prepares educators to assume positions in:

  • Public and Private Early Childhood – 12th grade school settings
  • Educational and Social Agencies
  • Foundations
  • Public and Private Research Organizations
  • Residential Facilities

Graduates with an M.Ed. in Special Populations may pursue the following careers:

  • Community College Instructors
  • Educational Diagnosticians
  • Special Education Teachers
  • EC-12 Team Leaders
  • EC-12 Department Chairs
  • EC-12 Special Education Coordinators/Administrators

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Individuals with Disabilities
  • Special Education for School Leaders
  • Learning and Education Sciences
  • Educational and Psychological Measurement
  • Technology in Special Populations
  • Behavior: Interventions

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree earned from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GPA of minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in upper division undergraduate coursework
  • GRE: The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants to the program
  • Statement of intent articulating career goals and how they relate to the program (see specific directions here for Special Education Certification and Educational Diagnostician Certification).
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • State of Texas Educator’s Certificate showing a currently valid teaching certificate (for Educational Diagnostician concentration only)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10728 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5364 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    10728 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5364 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    4632 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2316 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Houston

1067 - 1950 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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