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Special Education Gifted (Master's, Endorsement or Certificate)

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

Help gifted 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 educators of gifted and talented students.

Choose the right gifted education program option for your career goals:

  • Special Education Master of Arts – Gifted Education Specialist Endorsement: this degree includes the endorsement preparation.
  • Gifted Education Core Endorsement (Ages 4-21): this is the endorsement-only option.
  • Gifted Education Graduate Certificate Program (non-degree, non-endorsement): 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 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 Education Endorsement.

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Credits Required:
Masters = 33
Endorsement = 24
Certificate = 12
Time to Completion:
Masters = 2 years
Endorsement = 20 months (5 terms)
Certificate = 1 year
$520/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:
Amy Graefe, PhD
Jennifer Ritchotte, PhD