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Beyond a "Gifted Education" Program

Looking for graduate courses in gifted and talented education?

At Texas State University, graduate studies in talent development are not grounded in the dominant ways of thinking about "gifted and talented education."

Graduate Minor in Gifted and Talented Education

If you are looking for gifted and talented education in the sense of the State of Texas standards and the national professional standards for gifted/talented education, Texas State University offers a 15-credit-hour graduate minor in gifted and talented education.  This minor includes a practicum experience. 

For students who can't take a field-based practicum course, Texas State also offers a 12-hour composite-gifted minor that is available to all graduate students, including students who are seeking initial teacher certification and students from other departments across the university. 

Stand-alone Courses in Gifted and Talented Education

Courses in gifted and talented education also may be taken as stand-alone electives. The following three courses focus on gifted and talented education. 

  • CI 5308 Introduction to Gifted and Talented Education
  • CI 5319 Social, Emotional, and Cultural Contexts of Advanced Development
  • CI 5324 Systems for Advanced Academics and Talent Development  (prerequisite: CI 5308)

When students take the CI 5311 practicum course as part of the 15-hour gifted and talented minor, they complete the strand that focuses on gifted and talented education.