Become a Gifted Education Director with this Online Endorsement Program
The Director of Gifted Education endorsement program is designed to help you become a gifted education administrator. You will build on your background and experience in gifted education with this highly individualized program.
This endorsement will provide you with an in-depth knowledge base in all areas of gifted education. There is a particular emphasis on the wide variety of children with gifted education needs as it relates to...
- Delivery systems
- Policies and regulations
Gain the expertise to develop all facets of the programs that prepare and engage gifted learners.
An Administrator Licensure / Endorsement with Opportunities for District-Level Roles
You can be among the first to achieve the emerging Director of Gifted Education credential. This UNC endorsement program is approved by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) for the preparation of Gifted Education Directors, which means that you will complete the approved program requirement for a Colorado Initial Administrator License with a Director of Gifted Education Endorsement.
Whether you live in Colorado or elsewhere, this program will help you become a leader in the field. You will gain administrative expertise that is specific to gifted education, and enhance your opportunities for district-level positions.
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
- EdS admission requirements and application process information is included on these endorsement program pages.
- You can also complete the Educational Leadership EdS degree with both Principal Licensure and Director of Gifted Education Endorsement.
- Add the Director of Gifted Education Endorsement as your Area of Special Interest.
- Note: tuition will differ from this program for the PhD degree.
Contact the Program Coordinator for details and advice about these degree options based upon your academic background.
18-36 hours (see Course of Study tab)
Time to Completion:
1–2 years (depending on previous coursework)
Delivery Option & Start Term:
Online program: start any term
Amy Graefe, Ph.D.
Apply for Free on April 1!
UNC is waiving the application fee on Saturday, April 1 (12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m Mountain Time). You can start your application any time, but you must submit it on that day for the waiver. Fee waiver code: UNCFREEAPPDAY
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 tab 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)
To see the upcoming courses, visit this program's Current Students page.
Required 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 full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.
- Learn more about the School of Special Education Faculty.
Gifted Education Specialist Program
Other Related Programs
- Educational Leadership: Administrator Licensure (for District-Level Leadership)
- Educational Leadership: Principal (K-12) Licensure (Master's, Educ Specialist, or Licensure-Only)
- Educational Leadership & Special Education Administration (Master's or Educ Specialist; with Dual Licensure)
- Special Education (Doctoral)
- Special Education Director (Licensure)