Curriculum & Instruction, MA - Gifted & Talented Education

Gifted Education Emphasis

Curriculum & Instruction, MA

Program Delivery

On Campus, Online, Hybrid

Total Credits

36 Credits

About the Program

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Curriculum & Instruction, MA - Gifted & Talented Education 

The Master of Arts (MA) Curriculum & Instruction - Gifted & Talented Education emphasis program prepares teachers at all levels to excel in teaching Gifted and Talented students (PK-12).

The program course sequence meets Colorado Department of Education (CDE) requirements for the Gifted Education endorsement. This program does not meet requirements for an initial teaching license.

Focus of Study

The Curriculum & Instruction, MA - Gifted & Talented Education coursework comprises 36 credit hours. It provides teachers with research and evidence-based professional coursework to increase their capacity, knowledge, and skills to become master teachers of gifted and talented students for grades P-12, and it covers a wide range of topics essential for educators specializing in Gifted and Talented education, including foundations, assessment, psychology, diversity, creativity, curriculum models, differentiated instruction, program leadership, and practical experience through a practicum.

Program Requirements

To complete this program, students must successfully complete the program's required courses and pass the Gifted Education Praxis exam. All courses are offered in a convenient format, allowing for flexibility in scheduling.

  • All courses must be completed with a grade of B- or better
  • 40 practicum hours are required for CURR 5230

Professional Exam Requirement

The Praxis exams measure the academic skills and subject-specific knowledge needed as an educator. Students must pass the state-approved Gifted Education Core endorsement exam to complete the certificate and to be recommended for the endorsement.

  • #5358 Gifted Education

Program Coursework

The Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum & Instruction is a thirty-six (36) - semester-hour program designed for licensed, practicing teachers who desire to continue developing their professional expertise. Candidates complete a core of academic work requiring:

  1. Examination of educational issues from the perspective of social context and culturally responsive pedagogy;
  2. Investigation and analysis of curricular design and models of teaching;
  3. Examination and analysis of seminal and current research and application of research in instructional settings;
  4. Consideration of and for the role and uses of technology in Curriculum & Instruction, and implementation in the classroom.
    • Further, the selection of a cognate emphasis area allows students to concentrate their coursework in an area of instruction in which they wish to develop a particular expertise (Mathematics Education, Literacy Education, Science Education, or Gifted and Talented Education).

Required Courses

The Gifted & Talented Education emphasis within the Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction degree program requires the following coursework:

General Required Coursework

Course Credit Hours
Core Courses
  • CURR 5000 - Foundations: History & Research in Curriculum Studies
  • CURR 5002 - Issues, Strategies, & Models in Curriculum Design
  • LEAD 5700 - Introduction to Research & Statistics
  • CURR 5090 - Masters Research Project (Final Project)
Emphasis Area

Focus area options (see coursework below)

Electives Students may choose electives from any graduate-level courses in the College of Education. 9


Gifted & Talented Education Emphasis Coursework
Course Credit Hours
CURR 5201: Foundations in Gifted Education 3
CURR 5202: The Assessment & Identification of Gifted & Talented Students 3
CURR 5203: Psychology of the Gifted: Social, Emotional Needs, and Special Populations 3
CURR 5204: Under-identified and Under-served: Giftedness in Poverty & Culturally Diverse 1
CURR 5206: Creativity in Gifted Education 3
CURR 5211: Curriculum Models & Aligned Programming for Gifted Students 3
CURR 5214: Differentiated Instruction and Research-based Strategies for Teaching the Gifted 3
CURR 5215: Gifted Program Leadership 3
CURR 5230: Gifted & Talented Practicum 3

For details on program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Admissions Details

Financial Aid Priority: March 1

For additional details on the admission process, please visit the Admission Details page.