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Special Education Program

M.S. in Special Education, Gifted, Talented, and Creative Concentration /
Endorsement in Gifted (K-6, 6-12)

Program Description

The graduate degree program in Gifted, Talented, and Creative Special Education at Emporia State is designed to support the needs of the students, teachers, schools, and special education administrators in Kansas. 


Admission Requirements

Admission to the Gifted, Talented and Creative concentration requires a 3.00 overall or 3.25 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. In addition, Gifted applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, three disposition assessments, a personal letter that addresses goals and interests, an unofficial copy of a current teaching license in Kansas, and an ID Verification form.

The Gifted, Talented, and Creative degree meets the endorsement standards for two levels: Early Childhood through Late Childhood (Grades K to 6) and Early Adolescence through Late Adolescence (Grades 6 to 12).

All candidates must be accepted into the Gifted program before starting the first practicum.


Endorsement in Gifted

The 24-hour full endorsement requires successful completion of the 9 hours for the provisional endorsement, plus SD864 Creative Teaching and Learning, SD852 Affective Needs of the Gifted, SD800 Consultation/Collaboration, SD820 Assessment in Schools, and SD856/SD858 Practicum II: Elementary or Secondary.


Degree Candidacy Requirements

Candidacy is the formal approval for pursuit of the master's degree after it is determined that all specified criteria have been met. Requirements for degree candidacy are as follows:

  1. Degree plan filed through candidate's advisor.
  2. Maintain a B average with no grade lower than B in all courses for the Gifted Program.

The candidate may be admitted for degree candidacy upon completion of 6 to 15 hours of course work. A candidate must be a degree candidate before enrolling in thesis or the second practicum.


Graduation Requirements

In order to receive a master’s degree from this department the candidate must accomplish the following:

  1. Complete an approved program of study as developed and approved by your faculty advisor.
  2. Be admitted to Degree Candidacy.
  3. Complete an Intent to Graduate Form (submit to the Graduate School).


Contact Us

To learn more, please contact Dr. Connie Phelps,, 620-341-5817.