May 29, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Special Education, Gifted, M.A.

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College of Education  
Department: Language, Literacy, Ed.D., Exceptional Education, and Physical Education 


The Master’s Degree Program in Special Education, Gifted offers two options:

The first option qualifies students for the State of Florida Endorsement in Gifted Education.  This option provides advanced training for certified teachers to work with gifted and talented students and with other teachers on a consultant or collaborative basis. The courses for this major are offered through an on-line format, though some courses may be taken on campus. Emphasis is placed on developing specific skills in identification of gifted students; focusing on the characteristics and needs of special populations; assessing students’ cognitive and affective strengths; modifying educational programs to develop gifted students’ potential; and consulting with gifted students, their families, and teachers.

After admission to a major, the candidate and the department advisor together chart a program of study incorporating major requirements. Courses stress field based experiences. Students provide their own transportation to practicum sites in K-12 education settings. The practicum experience requires candidates to access assessment information about K-12 students in their school setting, including performance on individualized intelligence tests, achievement tests, and educational programs (EPs). Practicum coursework also requires candidates to conduct extended projects focused on the development and educational progress of K-12 gifted students. Employment in a K-12 classroom as a licensed educator is required to successfully complete major coursework.

The second option is designed for students interested in learning more about gifted children, including parents who homeschool their children and those who interact with gifted individuals in settings outside of traditional K-12 classrooms, such as through museum and summer programs or youth organizations. These individuals would not be seeking an endorsement in gifted education. Prospective students may be from international locales and may not need the Florida Endorsement in Gifted, but would nonetheless seek a degree in gifted education.

Accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Florida Department of Education

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GRE preferred, but can be waived with department approval.  Preferred scores:
    • Verbal: 71st percentile or higher
    • Quantitative: 18th percentile or higher
  • The applicant shall send a written statement of professional goals, including how the attainment of a master’s degree in gifted aligns with these goals.

  • Applicants seeking the Gifted Education Endorsement must also provide:

    • One letter of recommendation from administrators familiar with applicant’s professional teaching experience and expertise that verify applicant’s K-12 employment status

    • Copy of professional teaching certificate (not a temporary certificate)
    • Evidence that applicant currently holds a teaching position in a K-12 setting

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours 36 hours

  • Core Requirements – 6 Credit Hours Minimum
  • Additional Required Courses– 21 Credit Hours Minimum
  • Electives – 9 Credit Hours Minimum

Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Additional Required Courses (21 Credit Hours Minimum)

Courses are selected from below in consultation with the Graduate Director:

Electives (9 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students select courses in consultation and with approval of the advisor.

Comprehensive Examination

In lieu of a comprehensive examination, candidates will take the Praxis II Exam in Gifted Education and earn a score of 160/200 (80%) to pass, or an alternative assessment determined by the faculty. Candidates may take the exam after completing area of study coursework.


This is a non-thesis major.

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