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Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education

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. 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.

All candidates, even those interested in endorsement only, shall apply for the Master of Science degree progam in Special Education, Gifted, Talented, and Creative Concentration. The Gifted, Talented, and Creative curriculum 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).

If a candidate has previously received a grade of B or better in a required course, the advisor may approve the substitution of graduate level, degree appropriate electives.

All candidates must be accepted into the degree 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.

Requirements for Gifted Endorsement (K-6, 6-12):

*SD850 Characteristics of the Gifted
*SD851 Education of Gifted Learners
*SD855/SD857 Practicum I: Elementary or Secondary (Prerequisites: SD850 & SD851)
SD852 Affective Needs of the Gifted
SD850 Characteristics of the Gifted
SD800 Consultation/Collaboration
SD820 Assessment in Schools

*Requirements for Provisional Endorsement (Applicable for individuals with contract positions in Gifted)


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.


Other Requirements for Special Education

For applicants who have been denied admission: Before reapplying for a graduate program, an applicant must (1) complete all background deficiencies and (2) repeat undergraduate courses to raise the GPA on the last 60 hours to 3.25 for Gifted.


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.