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Master's Programs in Talent Development

Welcome to Master's Degree Programs in Talent Development

A Different Approach to Talent Development

How people think about "talent," "development," and "teaching" matters; it has real effects.  In a master's program with an emphasis in talent development, you will be supported in thinking critically about educational practices, histories, policies, and trends; and you will be exposed to ways to encourage talent development and creativity beyond dominant perspectives and traditional categories, populations, and places.  You will work with others toward educational equity.  You will enhance your teaching, your creative practices, and your engagement with the world

Texas State University offers master's degrees in secondary education - talent development and in elementary education - talent development.  We offer both the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree.  Courses are offered at times that are convenient for teachers and other working professionals.

You will be able to apply an education in talent development to school settings, non-traditional educational settings, and everyday life.  Many of our graduates are now in non-administrative teacher leadership positions due to knowledge and skills developed through this program.  A few of our graduates have moved from school settings to self-employment, encouraging talent development and creativity in out-of-school situations. 

Our program is unique.  For example, although "talent" has often been associated with gifted education, the talent development emphasis at Texas State is not a "gifted education" program, nor is it limited to a focus on children.  We address talent development, creative action, and well-being throughout the life course.  Program content and experiences apply to school settings, non-traditional educational settings, world, and self.  We incorporate a wide variety of research and theoretical perspectives.  We work toward a good education, not merely "effective" learning, for all students. 

The master's degree emphases in talent development support individuals in school settings and in non-traditional educational settings in:

  • Encouraging responsive, skillful practices and creativity throughout life
  • Thinking critically about practices, policies, and trends in education
  • Increasing equity in education
  • Developing skills for changing their own practices
  • Engaging responsively with the world

Make a life, not just a living, with talent development studies at Texas State University. 

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