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MS, Special Education - Gifted, Talented, and Creative Concentration / Endorsement in Gifted (K-6, 6-12, PreK-12)


MS in Special Education: Gifted, Talented, and Creative Concentration

Research shows teachers with training in gifted education are more likely to encourage students' higher-level thinking, allow for greater expression, consider individual student strengths and weaknesses, and provide a variety of learning experiences to challenge students.

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

Endorsement in Gifted

The 18-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, and SD866 Supervised Practice II, Gifted and Talented.

Applying for this program

More information on applying

Graduate School application

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended from regionally-accredited institutions

Valid teaching license

Government-issued ID

Official transcripts

Students must submit official bachelor’s degree transcripts containing at least 60 credit hours of coursework and final grades. Any additional transcripts from college credit accumulated after the bachelor’s degree MUST be submitted if you will be using these credits for transfer credit or for last 60 GPA. Transcripts are considered official when they arrive in the Graduate Office in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution or are received through a secure electronic transcript service to

If the transcripts need to be mailed, send to:

Emporia State University
Graduate School
Campus Box 4003
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, Kansas 66801-5415

Program information + handbook

Find more information in the program information and handbook.pdf.

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Our students enjoy the benefits of small classes and a close relationship with ESU faculty and real experiences for the real world.

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Department of Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education
(on the ESU main campus)
1701 Morse Road
Visser Hall, 2nd Floor
Main Office, Rm 241

Mailing Address

Department of Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4036
Emporia, KS 66801