MEd in Special Education with Emphasis in Gifted Education

The Gifted Education Master’s Program (MEd) is a graduate level program designed to provide candidates with advanced preparation in gifted education methodology and practices. Candidates become equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with children and youth in the field of gifted education. The program meets Missouri Department of Education (DESE) academic requirements for Missouri Gifted Certification. This program is offered through Missouri Online.

Degree Requirements

Applicants who are accepted into the master’s program will participate in a 30-hour online degree program with 15 hours of gifted education courses and 15 hours of core course work. Courses are selected to provide educators with skills and knowledge in current learning theory and to translate this knowledge into practical strategies and techniques for use in the classroom.

The 15 hours of gifted focus courses include content covering, nature and needs of gifted students, curriculum methods, differentiated curriculum, assessment and evaluation, and gifted practicum. The 15 hours of core course work in this program include study in learning theory, research with exceptional children, instructional technology, instructional leadership, and instructional strategies.

Courses Required30
ESC_PS 7115Human Learning3
LTC 8914Culturally Responsive Pedagogy3
SPC_ED 8350Introduction to Research Methods in Education *3
SPC_ED 8380Nature and Needs of Gifted and Talented Students3
SPC_ED 8391Curriculum Methods for Gifted and Talented Students3
SPC_ED 8405Assessment and Evaluation in Gifted Education3
SPC_ED 8406Differentiating Instruction: Reaching Gifted, Typical and Struggling Learners3
SPC_ED 8410Administration and Supervision of Gifted Education Programs3
SPC_ED 8604Autism without Co-occurring Intellectual Disability3
SPC_ED 8946Practicum: Gifted Education *3

 Required for certification.

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Missouri gifted certification preparation

The 23 hours of gifted education course work above meet Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requirements for Missouri gifted education certification. DESE requires 15 credit hours of gifted education course work in addition to SPC_ED 8410, SPC_ED 8350, and a course in Psychology and/or Education of the Exceptional Child (if not already taken as an undergraduate course) for a total of 23 credit hours.

Check the DESE educator certification web page for details.

If you wish only to enroll to complete the course work required for Missouri gifted certification, no formal application is required.


Faculty selection committees review applications for admission into the various graduate programs. Factors considered in the graduate student review process include previous academic course work and performance, letters of recommendation from professors or professional supervisors and relevant professional work experiences. The letter of intent is evaluated for advising purposes and is an indication of the applicant’s motivation, professionalism and writing competencies. Interviews with faculty are often arranged as part of the admissions review process.

The Special Education graduate program cannot assure admission to all applicants who meet minimum standards specified for the degree program. Resource constraints do not permit the admission of all qualified applicants.
A committee of faculty reviews the credentials of each applicant. It is the responsibility of this committee to exercise professional judgment related to the criteria that applicants must meet in order to be considered for admission to the program.

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Financial Aid from the Program

Some programs require an extra form or statement from those who wish to be considered for internal assistantships, fellowships or other funding packages. Check the program website or ask the program contact for details.


To remain in good standing in the master’s program and earn a master’s degree, each student must earn and maintain an overall grade point of 3.0 or higher in all required and elective course work each semester. If student’s GPA falls below 3.0 for any semester, they will be dropped from the degree program. If students receive a grade of “C” in any core or required course, remedial activities will be required. Students must also complete course work assigned a grade of “I” prior to the end of the following semester.

Satisfactory Progress

For information on general progress guidelines and the dismissal policy, see the Special Education website. 

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