Special Education: Gifted and 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)
- Online + Summer Campus Experiences
Tuition & Fees
Total Degree Requirements
36 Credit Hours
Stuart Omdal, 970-351-1674
Amy Graefe, 970-351-1541
- Fall Admission: June 15
Applicants must apply to the University of Northern Colorado Graduate School before the program area reviews the applicant’s request for admission. 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 (You will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
- Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours of academic work.
- Proof of teaching license, if applicable. (You will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
- $50 non-refundable application fee
- International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee
- Completed Online Application
- Please submit the reference check form. If the PDF opens in your browser, save it to your computer or device and you will be able to type and save information. (You will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
- 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.