Applying to these Gifted Education Programs


Get Started – These Programs Begin Each Fall Term

Certificate Students: this program can be completed 100% online, with optional visits to campus.

Endorsement and Master of Arts students: this program is completed mostly online. The Fall and Spring semesters are completely online. Summer coursework is partially online but also involves a mix of optional and required visits to the UNC campus in Greeley, Colorado:

  • An optional on-campus field experience during the first summer of coursework.
  • The program culminates with students completing a 2 1/2 week practicum on campus teaching in the Summer Enrichment Program.

Recommended Application Deadline

The application deadline is July 15. Additional students can be admitted after that date if space is available. Please contact the Program Coordinator if you are applying after the deadline.

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in this UNC graduate program! You will complete the UNC Graduate School application and then submit additional materials. Please review the Eligibility section of the Program Summary page prior to application.

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

Step 1 – Apply

  • Apply to the UNC Graduate School. You will start a "UNC Graduate School Application." The following bullets will support you as you complete the application and material submission process.
  • On the application, you will choose one of the following programs:

    • Graduate Certificate (Non-Degree): Gifted Education (Extended Campus)
    • Licensure: Gifted Education Core Endorsement (Extended Campus)
    • Special Education M.A. - Gifted Education Specialist Endorsement (Extended Campus)

  • International applicants: please visit the International Students Admission Requirements page for information about additional requirements.

  • If you are unable to complete your application in one session, you can log back in to your application later to complete it. The application fee process will appear once you submit your application.

Step 2 – Submit Transcripts & Supplemental Items

You will then continue in the system (or log into the Admissions Portal) to complete the following:

  • All applicants will need to request one official transcript from each regionally accredited college or university where a bachelor's degree or higher was earned (or is in progress). Some applicants may need to provide additional transcripts. Situations that require this are listed on the Graduate School website (choose Domestic or International). Directions for having your official transcript(s) sent to UNC are listed in the Application Portal.

  • Statement of Philosophy and Professional Goals in relation to the needs in the field (1 to 2 pages).

  • Resume

  • You will complete a Reference Check Form (to indicate references the department can contact).

  • Proof of valid teaching license, if you have one.

  • GRE scores are NOT required for this program.

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. The timing of the admission decision depends on each individual program’s deadline and review process.

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