Skip to Content

Minor in GT

Why pursue a minor in Gifted and Talented Education?

Kristina Henry Collins smiling

Reasons for pursuing a Texas State graduate minor in Gifted and Talented Education include:

  1. Developing knowledge and skills for increasing educational equity in PreK-12 school classroom settings;
  2. Developing knowledge and skills for better serving students as a part of a career in the Gifted Education profession (e.g., working as a campus-level or district-level specialist);
  3. Completing the State of Texas teacher professional development requirements of "30 clock hours of gifted and talented foundational training" or "6-hour annual updates;"
  4. Taking some graduate courses with professors with a record of equity-oriented leadership in gifted education;
  5. Examining histories and contemporary issues within the field of Gifted Education in order to better change policies and practices within and beyond schools;
  6. Understanding why different conceptions of "gift," and different approaches to gifted and talented education, matter;
  7. Completing a field-based practicum in a gifted education setting; and
  8. Engaging in coursework that addresses the federal definition of gifted and talented in the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act, the State of Texas standards for gifted/talented education, and national-level professional standards for gifted education.

15-Credit-Hour Minor

The graduate minor in Gifted and Talented Education consists of five required courses (15 credit hours).

Click here to see the list of courses.

  • Students may begin with CI 5308, CI 5319, or SPED 5360/CI 5310.
  • The completion of CI 5308 is a prerequisite for enrollment in CI 5324.
  • Enrollment in the field-based practicum course requires completion of four prerequisite courses: CI 5308, CI 5319, CI 5324, and either SPED 5360 or CI 5310.

Students may use the Graduate College's Change of Minor form to change to the graduate minor in Gifted and Talented Education. There is no fee for changing minors.

Click here to contact the current advisor for the GT minor. We'd love to hear from you.