Master's Degree, Endorsement, & 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 (Non-Endorsement): the graduate certificate provides a strong foundation in the field.

Enriching Summer Visits

So that you can apply program concepts in-person with gifted students, you will have the benefit of a short 2 1/2 week on-campus (Greeley, Colorado) visit aligned with the UNC Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). The SEP hosts learners (5th-10th grade) who are gifted, talented and creative. There is also an optional on-campus field experience during the first summer of coursework. All on-campus visits are optional for certificate students.

Please note: the on-campus summer experiences are contingent upon the ability to host the SEP activities for gifted students. If the program is not able to be held, any required credits will be fulfilled via distance learning activities and practicum experiences in your school/district.

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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