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Special Education Gifted & Talented Master's, Endorsement or Certificate


Master's Degree, Endorsement and certificate Options for teaching the Gifted, Talented & Creative

Help gifted and talented students develop to their full potential and reach your own potential with an endorsement, certificate and/or a master’s degree focused on educating the gifted and talented. The curriculum for this program was developed through a collaborative effort of UNC faculty, colleagues from the public schools, and the Colorado Department of Education to specifically address the new standards for gifted and talented educators.

Choose the right Gifted and Talented program option for your career goals:

  • Special Education Master of Arts – Gifted and Talented Education Emphasis – this degree includes the endorsement preparation.
  • Gifted and Talented Specialist Endorsement (PreK-12) – this is the endorsement-only option.
  • Gifted and Talented Education Graduate Certificate Program (Non-Degree) – the graduate certificate provides a strong foundation in the field.

Summer Campus Experiences

Students enjoy the benefit of short on-campus experiences aligned with the UNC Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) for fifth through tenth grade learners who are gifted, talented and creative. There is a 2-day, on-campus orientation the summer prior to the program start; an optional on-campus field experience during the first summer of coursework; and the program culminates with students completing a 2 1/2 week practicum on campus teaching in the SEP.

Becoming Highly Effective in Teaching the Gifted, Talented and Creative

With the master's plus endorsement, endorsement-only and certificate options, our Gifted and Talented teaching program can serve both those with a bachelor's degree and teacher licensure, and those with a master's degree in education seeking the Gifted and Talented Endorsement. Graduates of the UNC Gifted and Talented graduate programs have a 98% 1st-try success rate on the state PLACE Endorsement exam.

Nationally Recognized in the field of Gifted Education

The UNC Gifted and Talented master’s degree program received the status of “Nationally Recognized Program” from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in conjunction with The Association for the Gifted (TAG) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). UNC’s gifted education program is currently the only program with that distinction in the western United States.

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Credits Required:
Masters = 36
Endorsement = 24
Certificate = 12
Time to Completion:
Masters = 2 years
Endorsement = 20 months (5 terms)
Certificate = 1 year
$495/credit hour

Delivery Options:

  • Online + Summer campus experiences - starts each Fall term
  • Other Colorado deliveries: Interested students or districts can contact the Program Coordinators about possible delivery in your area.
Program Coordinators:
Jennifer Ritchotte, PhD
Amy Graefe, PhD

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