MA, Differentiated Instruction: Gifted Education

Study Format Online
Program Length 30 credits*, 12 or 24 months


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The Master of Arts in Differentiated Instruction: Gifted Education is a strand of the MA, Differentiated Instruction degree. It is designed for educators with two to ten years of experience who are interested in developing an understanding of and developing programs for gifted and talented students. These educators are those invested in becoming experts in meeting the needs of all learners through the lens of gifted education. This program prepares educators to serve as teacher leaders in planning and implementing programs that address the specific needs of gifted and talented students. Students will:

  • Think critically and analytically about gifted education and the role gifted programs play in the development of students identified as gifted and talented.
  • Develop curriculum and utilize instructional strategies that are differentiated and meet the learning needs of all students.
  • Provide leadership in schools with gifted programs through program development and coaching.
  • Promote an understanding of gifted learners and gifted education that leads to effective programming that includes: technology, social and emotional learning, differentiated instructional practices, and appropriate learning environments.

Program Requirements

  • Admission acceptance into the Differentiated Instruction: Gifted Education program
  • One year of successful lead-teaching experience prior to enrollment in the program
  • Hold a valid teaching license for a minimum of 2 years preferred
  • 30 credit hours of coursework (33 hours for international students)*
  • Complete the Master’s Capstone Experience
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