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Graduate Minors in Gifted and Talented Education

Welcome to Minors in Gifted and Talented Education

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Texas State University offers two graduate minors related to gifted and talented education:

  • the gifted and talented education minor (15 semester hours)
  • the secondary education composite gifted and talented minor (12 semester hours)

There is both a lack of teachers with expertise in the field of gifted education and a lack of teachers with the Texas supplemental teaching certificate in gifted and talented education.  These minors address the professional standards in the field of gifted education while they also work in service of equity and diversity.  They specifically address the areas of professional development required by the State of Texas for education professionals who are involved with aspects of gifted/talented education (e.g., classroom teachers, gifted/talented education specialists, administrators, school psychologists, counselors).  The completion of these minors provides a foundation for taking the state exam (TExES) for the supplemental certificate in gifted and talented education, which may be added to an initial teaching certificate. 

There are benefits to taking even one course in gifted and talented education.  For example, the State of Texas requires 30 clock hours of professional development ("initial GT training") in three specific areas of gifted and talented education for any educator working with students who are assessed as needing gifted/talented services.  Students who take CI 5308 receive a course certificate at the end of the course that documents their successful completion of this professional development.  In addition, you'll be better able to work toward equity in education as a result of this course.

The 15 semester-hour graduate minor in gifted and talented education often is a good fit for gifted education specialists and for teachers who are pursuing career pathways in gifted education.  Students who take CI 5311 as part of the 15-hour gifted and talented education minor complete a capstone practicum in an educational setting focused on gifted and talented education. 

Required courses in the 15-hour minor:

CI 5308 Introduction to Gifted/Talented Education

CI 5310 Creativity: Theory, Research, and Applications

CI 5319 Social, Emotional, and Cultural Contexts of Advanced Development

CI 5324 Systems for Advanced Academics and Talent Development

CI 5311 Practicum

The 12 semester-hour graduate minor in composite secondary education gifted and talented extends educators’ knowledge and skills in providing gifted/talented services in regular classroom settings and specialized K-12 school settings.  Despite the use of "secondary education" in the official title of this composite minor, this 12-hour minor is about PreK-12 gifted and talented education.  This composite minor is available to all graduate students, including students pursuing initial teacher certification, students in elementary education, and students beyond the College of Education.  If you select this minor, your transcripts will say "composite."

Typical courses in the 12-hour minor:

CI 5308 Introduction to Gifted/Talented Education

CI 5310 Creativity: Theory, Research, and Applications

CI 5319 Social, Emotional, and Cultural Contexts of Advanced Development

CI 5324 Systems for Advanced Academics and Talent Development

Please note that in some cases the "Apply Texas" online application may not list these minors even though at least one minor may be an available choice. A graduate minor may be added (or changed) after enrollment. If you try to add one of the gifted and talented minors and discover that you need special permission to combine it with your major, email the graduate advisor for the Gifted and Talented Education minors at gteducation@txstate.edu.

Upon admission to the Graduate College, students with the 15-hour and 12-hour minors in gifted and talented education should contact the GT graduate advisor (gteducation@txstate.edu).

Faculty Spotlight: Kristina Henry Collins

Dr. Collins
Dr. Kristina Henry Collins

Dr. Kristina Henry Collins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  Dr. Collins earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology, with a concentration in gifted and creative education, at the University of Georgia.  Her research focuses on STEM identity, STEM talent development, parent engagement, and multicultural gifted education.  Dr. Collins has both extensive teaching experience and distinguished quantitative research skills. 

Looking for an elective?

We welcome students who are looking for electives. Take one course or a combination of courses. 

Emphasis on diversity and equity

Is increasing equity in education important to you?  The minors in gifted and talented education at Texas State University emphasize equity and diversity issues in all of the courses.

ACGTE

Click here for more information on the student-led organization, Association for Creative, Gifted, and Talented Education (ACGTE).