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Master's Programs in Talent Development

Welcome to Master's Degrees in Talent Development

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A Different Approach to Talent Development

How people think about 'talent,' 'development,' and 'teaching' matters.  In a master's program with an emphasis in talent development, you will be encouraged to think about what is at stake in the multiple senses of such words.  You will be exposed to ways that open talent development and creativity beyond dominant perspectives, conventional classifications and comparisons, and usual locations.  You will think critically and imaginatively about educational practices, histories, policies, and trends, as you work with others who are concerned with educational equity and social change.  You will be able to 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. 

These master's degree programs in talent development support individuals in school settings and in out-of-school educational settings in:

  • Encouraging responsive and skillful practices in youth, adults, and communities
  • Encouraging creative action in youth, adults, and communities
  • Thinking critically about practices, policies, systems, and trends in education
  • Increasing equity in education and society
  • Developing skills for changing their own practices and for unlearning
  • Engaging with the world and with the pressing questions of the times
  • Encouraging interest, curiosity, and inquiry
  • Enhancing well-being

Talent development opens up many pathways.  You will be able to apply an education in talent development to school settings, to out-of-school educational situations, and to everyday life.  For example, some of our graduates are now in mentoring and curriculum coach positions in schools, due to knowledge and skills developed through this program.  Some program graduates are teachers in PreK-12 schools or community settings.  Some of our graduates have been inspired through their studies to forge new paths and ways of life outside of school systems.  Our program graduates often say that the program opened up their thinking about themselves, education, and the world in ways that helped them to figure out their own next steps in their personal and professional lives.

Our graduate program is unique across the country.  For example, although 'talent' has often been associated with gifted education or with employees, the talent development emphasis at Texas State instead addresses multiple senses of talent, creation, and well-being in relation to youth, adults, communities, and existence.  We incorporate a wide variety of research and theoretical perspectives.  We are intentional in our equity-oriented curriculum; and we strive for a supportive network that 'sees' each student, values relationships, and affirms diversity.  The M.Ed. and M.A. programs of study also have been designed to support student interests and student inquiry.

Courses are offered at times and in formats that are convenient for working professionals and are responsive to students' different situations and needs (including health and well-being needs).  Want to take your classes online this year?  You can do it with Talent Development studies. 

Make a life, not just a living, with Talent Development studies at Texas State.

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A Talent Development Program Graduate
Daniel Lopez, Summer 2020 Graduate, M.Ed. in Secondary Education - Talent Development