Master of Education in Gifted Education

Do you enjoy working with gifted children? Do you feel the need for additional study to develop your pedagogical or administrative expertise? Do you know of other educational professionals that might benefit from additional master’s work in gifted education?

Graduate students complete various courses that pertain to respectful and challenging curriculum and various assessments, gifted students’ social and emotional needs, trends and issues in gifted education, digital media and curriculum integration, and creativity.  GIED students attend professional conferences and workshops, submit articles for publication, as well as teach alongside of experienced professionals during a summer two-week enrichment program for Kindergarten-9th grade gifted students.

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Dr. Renee Collins-professor of education and Associate Dean Irvin School of Education

Dr. Renee Collins

Assoc. Dean, Irvin School of Education; Director, Master of Education in Higher Education & Student Affairs; Professor of Education 325-670-1484


  • Master of Education in Gifted Education (M.Ed.)

Why earn a Master's of Education in Gifted Education at HSU?

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Practicum Experience

GIED students complete a practicum experience working alongside an experienced gifted educator in Threshold, our summer enrichment program for gifted learners.

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Future Employment

The GIED program prepares teachers to earn Texas Supplemental Teachers Certificate. Graduates of the M.Ed. in Gifted Education serve in leadership roles in gifted programs throughout the state of Texas and other states.

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Direct Classroom Application

"The HSU GIED program has served as an integral part of my development as a gifted specialist and as a parent and advocate for gifted children. The coursework directly applies to my classroom and has ignited in me a passion for sharing with other educators and parents. Dr. Christopher's high standards and clear expectations suit my learning style to a tee." -Cindy Garcia, GT Specialist Silver Lake Elementary School, Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District

Program Details

Students majoring in gifted education will complete the 30 hours listed below.

Core Requirements

  • EDUC 5380 Digital Media and Curriculum Integration
  • EDUC 6301 Introduction to Research Techniques
  • EDUC 6305 Trend and Issues in Education

Content Requirements

  • GIED 5397 Introduction to the Advanced or Gifted Learner
  • GIED 6309 Teaching Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom
  • GIED 6311 Creativity
  • GIED 6312 Child and Young Adult Literature
  • GIED 6313 Social/ Emotional Issues in Gifted Education
  • GIED 6314 Curriculum Development for Gifted
  • GIED 6315 Practicum in Gifted Literature

Applicants for the Master of Education degree must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. Admission to graduate study in gifted and talented education requires meeting two of the three academic standards as listed below and receiving the endorsement of the program director.

Academic Standards (must meet two of the three)

  1. GPA of 3.00 in all upper-level course work (junior and senior level courses) or overall
    undergraduate GPA of 2.70.
  2. GPA of 3.00 in all undergraduate course work appropriate to the intended field of study.
  3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score at or above the 50th percentile on the verbal sub-test

The GIED program prepares teachers to earn Texas Supplemental Teachers Certificate.  Graduates of the M.Ed. in Gifted Education serve in leadership roles in gifted programs throughout the state of Texas and other states with supplemental certification in Gifted Education.  School districts look to HSU to prepare educators to effectively design, develop, and implement programs for advanced and gifted students through specific roles as classroom teachers, program coordinators for districts, or gifted education consultants for districts or regions.

Four courses (GIED 5397, 6311, 6309, 6314) within the Gifted Education Program support the standards of the Gifted and Talented Supplemental Certificate. This certification added by individual educators will qualify them to fulfill the Texas mandate set out in the Texas State Plan for Gifted and Talented Education, requiring school districts to identify and served gifted children school settings.

Region XIV Consortium

Graduate students who teach full time in a Region XIV school receive a 65% tuition reduction for EDUC, READ, and GIED graduate courses. This tuition rate makes obtaining an advanced degree affordable for area teachers.

Metroplex Consortiums

The M.Ed. in gifted education is also offered onsite at the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Pat May Center and onsite in Mansfield ISD. A 65% tuition reduction is available for students enrolled in this program.

A uniquely creative summer institute for children K-9th, the Threshold Program allows you to mentor with acclaimed gifted educators from HSU and across the state.

These leaders in the field of gifted education have designed an innovative curriculum specifically for this program. Even after you graduate, you may be invited to return to contribute to the Threshold program.

Visit the Threshold web page for more information.