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Gifted Education and Talent Development, Specialist in Education (0490)


Program Coordinator

Julia L. Roberts, julia.roberts@wku.edu, (270) 745-6480

The Specialist Degree in Gifted Education and Talent Development prepares leaders to understand and implement strategies, procedures, and policies that allow children and youth with gifts and talents to achieve their potentials and to provide in-depth learning experiences to develop expertise in gifted education and talent development.

Program Admission

Applicants must have a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education or an equivalent international institution of higher education. The applicant must have a 3.0 grade-point-average in the master’s program.

Graduate School Admission

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (30 hours)

Required Courses
EDFN 500Research Methods3
GTE 536Nature and Needs of Gifted, Creative, and Talented Students3
GTE 537Curriculum, Strategies, and Materials for Gifted Students3
GTE 539Assessment and Identification of Gifted and Talented Children3
GTE 540Developing Creativity and Leadership in Gifted Youth3
PSY 432GPsychology of the Gifted and Creative3
Select two:6
Issues in Gifted Education and Talent Development
Seminar in Gifted Education and Talent Development
Practicum for Teachers of Gifted Students
EDU 699Specialist Project6
Total Hours30

If the graduate student has already completed the twelve hours required for the Gifted Endorsement (GTE 536, GTE 537, PSY 432G, and GTE 540) and the courses have already been counted on a prior degree, he/she must substitute other hours with advisor approval.