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Special Education - Gifted, Talented, and Creative

Master of Science in Education (M.S.E)

College: College of Education & Behavioral Science | School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Department: Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Special Education


The purpose of the ASU Gifted Education program is to bridge the gap between theory and practice in the field of Gifted, Talented and Creative Education.

The program prepares facilitators and coordinators of programs to:

  1. implement effective identification procedures
  2. develop appropriate curriculum for advanced learners
  3. understand social and emotional needs of the gifted,
  4. oversee programs for the gifted
  5. educate stakeholders regarding differentiated learners needs and strategies

Graduate students may pursue a degree (i.e., a 30 hour master’s degree) or a licensure track for Gifted Education certification in Arkansas (i.e., an 18 hour program of study).

One unique feature of this program is the course embedded internship activities that begin in the first course and continue in each course thereafter during the program. These transpire in a series of supervised experiences in a school site. It is considered an essential part of the preparation as a competent specialist in gifted education whether that comes with the title GT teacher, facilitator, coordinator or administrator. The final two capstone internship experiences are obtained in ELSE 6833 Practicum or obtained in ELSE 6843 Advanced Practicum for the master’s degree.


Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

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Career Opportunities & Salary

States that have a mandate for Gifted Education must hire a facilitator or teacher who is responsible for providing direct services to all identified children. If this position involves a 9 month contact, the salary is determined by the school district’s pay scale considering total teaching experience and the districts base salary scale. Some coordinator or administrator positions in Gifted Education are 12 month obligations and typically receive administrator pay comparable to a building principal.

Admission Process

The Program of Gifted Education is online through the Academic Partnership. Admissions requirements are approved by Graduate School which include an application with a processing fee, a transcript of all coursework from previous degrees indicating an overall GPA of 3.00 (unconditional), a teaching certificate, and a commitment from a mentor to supervise field and internship activities. All field activities and internship activities are completed within a local school district. The courses are on a rotation. A student may enter the program at any time without any prerequisite requirements.   

For Textbook Information, please visit  http://degree.astate.edu/documents/Textbook_Information.pdf

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