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Master’s Degree in Gifted Education/Post-Master’s Gifted Certification

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About the Master’s in Education and Post-Master’s Gifted Certification Programs

Gifted and high-achieving learners need depth, complexity and faster pacing in learning environments to reach their full educational potential. If you’re passionate about engaging advanced students of all age levels, Troy University’s master’s degree in gifted education or post-master’s gifted certification prepares you to reach and challenge these dynamic learners. Our program gives you the opportunity to motivate gifted students, foster productive learning environments and positively impact their lives — now and in the future.

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“TROY’s graduate program in gifted education is not only filled with courses that prepare a teacher to educate and understand gifted students, it is also replete with knowledgeable professors who guide their students with acumen and compassion. Just when I was about to finish my coursework and start planning my practicum, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It took a bit longer than I originally planned, but with the aid of the great faculty, I completed my degree and feel much more confident in my role as a gifted specialist.”
Barbara Peek | Gifted Specialist, Andalusia City Schools | 2018 graduate, Master of Science in Education - Gifted Education

Prioritizing Real-World Experiences

Gain real-world practice in lesson planning, developing advanced content and curricula, fostering higher-level thinking and working with gifted learners. TROY’s master’s degree in gifted education coursework includes numerous opportunities to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom, including practicum courses and field experiences. Course assignments help you develop content for use in your own classroom, preparing you to become a practitioner in the field and adhere to best practices for educating gifted students.

Preparation for Gifted Education Certification in Alabama

TROY’s graduate program is a direct path to gifted teacher certification in Alabama. With robust coursework in teaching gifted learners, TROY’s program helps you develop a specialized skill set and prepares you to pass the Alabama Praxis for Gifted Education. Added to the master’s in education degree, the certification helps increase your employment options by distinguishing you for gifted education specialist jobs and more.
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Master of Science in Education - Gifted Education Curriculum

While specific courses may vary from year to year, coursework for the gifted education certificate program may include:
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Gifted Teacher Certification Locations

Earn your gifted teacher certification or master’s in gifted education online around your schedule. For more information about program availability and delivery options call 1-800-414-5756

Gifted Education: A Rewarding Career with Numerous Opportunities

Throughout Alabama and the United States, schools are experiencing a shortage of educators trained to work with gifted students. Gifted education requires a specialized skill set to create the classroom environments gifted students need to learn and thrive. The field offers numerous benefits for students and a rewarding experience for educators. According to the National Association for Gifted Children, gifted education programs positively influence students’ futures, including further education opportunities and positive learning experiences.

Earning your master’s degree in gifted education or post-master’s certification develops your knowledge and skills in key areas of gifted education. In TROY’s program, you’ll gain a strong understanding of the needs of gifted learners, how to inspire creativity and challenge students in the classroom, and how to encourage productive thinking in grades preschool-12. Upon completing TROY’s program, you’ll be prepared to meet the demand for gifted educators in Alabama and experience career opportunities for teaching all grade levels. 

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Jobs in Gifted and Talented Education

Gifted teacher certification prepares you to work with and advocate for gifted P-12 learners.

Faculty Profiles

Dr. Shirley J Farrell

Dr. Shirley J Farrell

Dr. Farrell is an Associate Professor in the Master of Science in Education program and the program coordinator for gifted education at TROY. She is also the co-coordinator for assessments for state and national reports and accreditation. Dr. Farrell has worked in gifted education for over 30 years as a gifted specialist, coordinator, state department specialist and university professor.

Already Have a Master’s in Education? Learn About TROY’s Post-Master’s Program

TROY offers multiple ways to earn your gifted teacher certification according to your academic background. If you already hold a master’s degree in education, you can enroll in TROY’s post-master’s gifted certification online program. 

With this option, you’ll take six gifted education courses and any courses you may need to fill TROY’s master’s in education core requirements. After completing your coursework, you’ll be eligible to take the Alabama Praxis for Gifted Education. Contact our program director for more details on the post-master’s program.

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FAQ About the Master’s in Education-Gifted Education Program

Learn more about the field of gifted education and how to earn your gifted teacher certification.
What types of gifted education programs are available at TROY?
TROY has a traditional master's in education for educators who have completed a bachelor’s degree and a post-master’s certification option for students who already hold a master’s degree. Both programs are completed online.
How many courses are required for gifted education endorsement?
The traditional master’s degree in gifted education requires 10 courses for a total of 30 hours. The post-master’s program requires at least six courses in gifted education and may include more depending on your graduate coursework.

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