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Director of Gifted Education Endorsement – Courses & Requirements

This endorsement program is approved by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) for the preparation of Gifted Education Directors.

  • Most students who have earned their Specialist in Gifted Education endorsement (please see the Eligibility page about this requirement as well) can complete this program in 18 credit hours.
  • How long the program takes to finish depends on how many courses you take per term, and whether you need more than 18 credit hours. Many students will take two courses per term and finish in about one year!

Coursework (18-36 Credit Hours)

Visit the Current Program Students page to see a list of upcoming courses by term.

Complete This Endorsement as Part of an EdS or PhD Degree

You can include this endorsement within one of these degree programs:

Educational Leadership EdS with Director of Gifted Education Endorsement

Special Education PhD (as an Area of Special Interest)

Contact the Program Coordinator for details and advice based upon your academic background. Tuition will differ from this program for the PhD degree.

Required Major Credits (9)

These three courses will be waived if you took them while earning your Specialist in Gifted Education Endorsement.

EDSE 683 Nature and Needs of Gifted Learners (3)

EDSE 685 Differentiated Curriculum & Instruction for Gifted Learners (3)

EDSE 686 Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners (3)

Gifted Education Administration (18-27 Credit Hours)

EDSE 667 Administration and Supervision of Gifted Education (3)

EDSE 668 Administrative Planning and Program Evaluation in Gifted Education (3)

EDSE 669 Externship in Gifted Education Administration (1-12) - The number of externship hours you take will depend upon your academic background and your career goals. Most students will take 3 hours.

ELPS 650 School Finance and Budgeting (3)

ELPS 654 Instructional Leadership and Supervision (3)

ELPS 660 Law and the Administrator (3)


For more information, see the UNC Graduate Catalog listing.

Get Started / Apply


Credits Required:
18-36 hours (see Courses & Requirements page)
Time to Completion:
1–2 years (depending on previous coursework)
$575/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Program Coordinator:

Amy Graefe, PhD