Online Courses for Educational Diagnosticians
The overviews here describe the curriculum of some of the most commonly offered online educational diagnostician courses.
- Legal Aspects: This course covers legislation, litigation and case studies applicable to special education administration. Students discuss legal requirements for special education students and administrators.
- Human Learning and Cognition: The development and processes of human growth and learning are studied. Topics focus on learning stages with emphasis on exceptional learners.
- Educational Appraisal: Aspiring diagnosticians are introduced to assessment and testing procedures for children in special education. Statistical analysis is taught for test development and result interpretation. This course may require practical application of administering assessments for students.
- Teaching Methods: This course evaluates the teaching methodology specific to the needs of students in special education. Emphasis is placed on lesson curriculum and environments. Individuals learn techniques to motivate and manage students.
- Individualized Diagnostic Assessment: This course involves administering and interpreting diagnostic testing for students of varying ages with a diversity of learning disabilities. Lessons teach how to develop diagnostic testing based on different levels of disability. This course typically involves a practicum component with hands-on test administration, interpretation and scoring.
- Introduction to Exceptionalities: Participants receive an overview of working with students with exceptionalities, including characteristics and learning differences of these students, informal assessment techniques, instructional strategies and relevant legislative guidelines.
- Behavior Management: This course provides an introduction to applied behavioral analysis (ABA), as well as a variety of potential behavioral interventions. Aspiring educators learn to evaluate individual student needs in order to choose an appropriate approach to disruptive behavior.
- Early Literacy for Students with Special Needs: This course is intended for those who plan to teach reading to students between preschool and 4th grade. The curriculum focuses on assessment, intervention and prevention strategies.
Educational diagnostician courses are available fully online, though some online programs have a hybrid component requiring on-site attendance for testing and evaluation purposes; a practicum may be required. Programs can result in a master's degree or an Ed.S. degree. Individuals interested in taking part in a certification-only program must usually have a master's degree and teacher certification. Depending on the school and a student's educational background, these types of programs can be 36 credit hours, and may require specific software to be used by students.
Educational diagnostician courses examine methods for assessing students with learning difficulties and explore techniques for developing specialized learning programs. Completion of educational diagnostician courses may lead to employment as a special education program developer, speech therapist or school counselor.
For individuals who want to work with students who have special needs, there are graduate-level programs available online. They cover various aspects of providing education for students with learning challenges.