Special Education: Gifted & Talented, MA
The University of Northern Colorado’s Master of Arts in Special Education with Gifted and Talented Education emphasis holds the singular distinction of being the only graduate program in gifted education in the Western United States that is a “Nationally Recognized Program” as recognized by NCATE. This degree prepares teachers at the elementary and secondary level to facilitate the growth and development of gifted and talented learners in order to help them develop their full potential. The program consists of the required courses and practica approved by the Colorado Department of Education. Students are required to pass the approved PLACE exam prior to CDE endorsement.*
*This program does not offers initial teacher licensure. Students entering the program without a current teaching license will also be required to complete all necessary steps to obtain one. Please contact UNC’s Professional Teacher Education Department for information on deadlines and course requirements.
- UNC Main Campus (summer)
- Hosted at Aurora Public Schools (Quest Academy) Online
- UNC Online
Tuition & Fees
Total Degree Requirements
36 Credit Hours
Stuart Omdal, 970-351-1674
Amy Graefe, 970-351-1541
- Fall Admission: June 15th
Applicants must apply to the University of Northern Colorado Graduate School before the program area reviews the applicant’s request for admission. To apply, submit the following materials in a single packet along with the application fee. Failure to submit all required materials will delay the evaluation and screening of your application.
- Statement of Philosophy and Professional Goals in relation to the needs in the field
- Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours of academic work.
- Approved elementary teaching license or Pass the PLACE or Praxis II
- $50 non-refundable application fee
- International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee
- Completed Online Application
- Two Letters of Recommendation (pdf) from previous employers or academic professors
- One official copy of transcripts from all accredited college or university attended since completing high school. UNC Alumni need not submit transcripts
- Please note the mandatory Introduction to Graduate Research (SRM 600) for masters students in special education. Advanced and core courses that are specific to this program. If you entered the program without a Colorado Teacher License, you may need one or more Prerequisite Licensure courses. These courses are not required if you are already a teacher in Colorado. View the Prerequisite Licensure Requirements for more details, or contact your program advisor.