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Details About the Online Delivery

The Online delivery of this program gives you the freedom to plan your coursework around your schedule.

U.S. applicants (outside of Colorado) for online programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.

Application Deadlines

We recommend that you apply at least 60 days before the start of your first term. Approximate recommended deadlines:

  • Summer term: March 15
  • Fall term: June 15
  • Spring term: November 15

If those dates have passed, you can contact the Program Coordinator to see if you can still apply or begin classes in the upcoming term.

Application Process

You will apply to the program and then submit additional materials:

  1. Apply to the UNC Graduate School and and follow all graduate school application directions for the application fee and submission of your official transcripts (GRE scores are not required for this program). International applicants: please read the additional steps below.
    On the application, for Academic Program of Interest choose the appropriate option below based on the program you need:
    • The program described on these pages is Licensure: Director of Gifted Education Endorsement (Extended Campus).
    • The EdS version of the program is Educational Leadership Ed.S: Director of Gifted Education Endorsement (Extended Campus).
    • There are separate application directions for the Special Education PhD (to which you can add Director of Gifted Education Endorsement as your Area of Special Interest).
  2. You will then continue in the system (or log back in later) to submit the following:
    • You will complete a Reference Check Form (to indicate references the department can contact).
    • You will complete a Background Information Sheet. Your work experience should show evidence of 2 years teaching experience or equivalent.
    • A 1-2 page statement of academic and professional goals.
    • A copy of all K-12 related license(s).

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision.

International Students

All international (non-U.S. citizen) applicants should mark Yes for "Are you an international student?" at the beginning of the graduate application process. In addition to any application steps listed above, you will also need to prepare the following for your application:

  • Demonstration of Language proficiency – either a Qualifying test score (TOEFL iBT: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 60) or a petition for exemption. UNC's institutional code for TOEFL is 4074.
  • Copy of passport bio/photo page * 
  • Financial Documentation * # – we will need to verify that you can pay the estimated costs (tuition, fees, room, board, insurance, books, supplies, travel) for the time you will be in the U.S. Those applying to programs that last longer than 1 year will only need to provide proof for the first year at the time of application.

* = Items marked with * are only required for applicants who will be coming to the United States.

# = Items marked with # are not required with your initial application. You will submit them after you have been admitted to UNC.

For more information about UNC International Admissions and the UNC Center for International Education, please visit the International Admissions site, email international@unco.edu, or call 970-351-2831.


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


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