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MS in Special Education - Gifted

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 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 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).


Admission to the Gifted, Talented and Creative concentration requires the Graduate School application, Signed Disclosure Statement, official undergraduate transcript with a 3.00 cumulative (or last 60 hours) GPA, ID Verification, and Applicant Confidentiality Preference form. In addition, Gifted applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, two disposition assessmentsDisposition Assessment Acceptance Form, and copy of a current teaching license.

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

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


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Department of Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education
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Main Office, Rm 241

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