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UT Tyler Offers New Master’s Behavioral Specialist Track 

Program is first of its kind in state to be offered online 

TYLER, Texas (February 13, 2024) – The University of Texas at Tyler offers a new Master of Special  Education specialization track in emotional and behavioral disorders, specifically designed for full time K-12 teachers. Program registration is now open, and the first cohort will begin in May. 

The two-year, 36-credit hour program is the first of its kind in Texas to be offered 100% online. 

“We are excited to offer this new Master of Special Education track for K-12 teachers in our region  and beyond,” said Dr. Amir Mirmiran, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.  “This program allows us to support our K-12 partners and their students.” 

With this degree, graduates can become a behavior specialist or behavioral/instructional coach at  the district level and teach in special/general education classrooms or in an alternative educational  facility. They can also work in residential facilities as well as mental health facilities/group homes  and juvenile justice facilities. 

For more information or to register, contact Dr. Staci Zolkoski, UT Tyler interim director and  associate professor of special education, at or 903.565.5612. 

The UT Tyler School of Education is committed to changing the lives of residents in East Texas, the  state and the nation. Programs in the School of Education are constantly evolving to meet pressing  educational problems as well as address various educational issues and needs of educators. For  more information, visit  

With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT  Tyler offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 10,000 students.  Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has  unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent  patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World  Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston. 


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