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Master's Programs in Talent Development

Welcome to Master's Degree Programs in Talent Development

A Different Sense of 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 usual locations.  You will be able to think critically and imaginatively about educational practices, histories, policies, and trends, as you work with others who are concerned with educational equity.  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.  Courses are offered at times that are convenient for working teachers and other professionals.

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 non-administrative teacher leadership positions in schools, due to knowledge and skills developed through this program.  Some of our graduates have been inspired through their studies to forge new career paths outside of school systems. 

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.  We address talent development, creative action, and well-being throughout the life course, while also thinking beyond the usual senses of such words.  We incorporate a wide variety of research and theoretical perspectives. 

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

  • Encouraging responsive, skillful practices and creative action throughout the life course
  • Thinking critically about practices, policies, and trends in education
  • Increasing equity in education
  • Developing skills for changing their own practices and for unlearning
  • Enhancing well-being and engaging with the world

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

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