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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

1-3 years
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Make sure every student gets the most out of their education.
Young students require differentiated instruction to develop and reach their full potential. The Master of Science in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in Gifted and Talented Education helps prepare educators, administrators and others to identify the needs of gifted and talented students.

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Why Earn a Gifted and Talented Educational Psychology Master's?

The "Executive Summer-to-Summer" program consists of 33 hours, all of which are available online. Courses begin in May and include rotations of consecutive 3-week, 5-week, and 8-week courses.

The flexibility of this program makes it ideal for the classroom teacher. The gifted and talented certificate may be earned concurrently with the master's degree in Educational Psychology or as a certificate-only option if you already have a master's degree.

This degree prepares you to sit for the Texas Examination of Educator Standards Gifted and Talented Supplemental Certificate. You'll also be prepared for doctoral coursework in this area, should you decide to continue your education.

Marketable Skills
  • Critique and apply research
  • Employ appropriate assessment/statistical analyses
  • Provide technical assistance to agencies
  • Oral and written communication
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to improve outcomes

Gifted and Talented Educational Psychology Master's Highlights

Earn a master’s degree in as little as 15 months or go at a slower pace, with five different starting points throughout the year.
The College of Education is one of Texas' top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals.
Courses are offered on a rotation schedule via two 8-week terms during the fall and spring semesters and 3-week, 5-week and 10-week terms during the summer.
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, which means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education.
The Office for Giftedness, Talent Development and Creativity is committed to transforming potential into excellence through innovative education opportunities, research and community outreach.
Our programs have been recognized by the National Council on Family Relations and U.S. News and World Report.

What Can You do With a Gifted and Talented Educational Psychology Master's?

Top 3 Careers

  • Gifted and Talented Coordinator/Administrator
  • Gifted and Talented Specialist
  • K-12 Advanced Academics Teacher

Gifted and Talented Educational Psychology Master's Courses You Could Take

Foundations of Educational Research Methodology (3 hrs)
Overview of the process of conducting research, from formulating research questions to sampling, data collection, analysis and drawing inferences. The main focus is on being able to understand, evaluate and utilize published research, both qualitative and quantitative. Final product is a detailed critique of published research.
Nature and Needs of the Gifted and Talented Student (3 hrs)
Introduction to the intellectual, social, emotional and educational characteristics and needs of gifted, talented and creative individuals. Includes study of varied conceptions of gifted, talented and creative research findings.
Social and Emotional Components of Giftedness (3 hrs)
Review of current research on affective growth and potential adjustment problems of gifted youth. Addresses vocational concerns, self-concept and self-esteem, the teacher’s role in preventing or remediating affective problems related to giftedness, and potential parenting or family problems.
Program Planning for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students (3 hrs)
Instruments and procedures for identification of gifted, talented and creative students. Major curriculum and program models; evaluation of programs.
Human Development Across the Life Span (3 hrs)
Processes and stages that individuals undergo as they progress from birth through old age and death are studied from a human ecological perspective. Developmental tasks and concepts are explored.
Introduction to Educational Psychology (3 hrs)
Review of theories and applications of educational psychology; basic concepts in learning, cognition, development and their applications to teaching and learning context.

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