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Graduate Minor in Gifted and Talented Education


A Minor for the Gifted Education Profession

Texas State University offers a 15-credit-hour graduate minor in gifted and talented education

Why choose a Texas State minor in gifted and talented education?

  • The coursework in the minor has been designed to support PreK-12 teachers in increasing equity in gifted education. 
  • This minor 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 professional organization standards for gifted education.
  • This minor includes a field-based practicum experience in gifted and talented education.
  • You'll work with Dr. Kristina Collins, who has held multiple national-level leadership positions within the field and who has been recognized for her important equity work and for sparking change.

Option for a 12-hour Minor in Composite Secondary Gifted

For students who can't take a field-based practicum course, Texas State also offers a 12-hour minor that includes multiple courses in gifted education.  This 12-hour minor often works well for students who are seeking initial teacher certification and for students from other departments across the university. 

Elective 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 and do not need to be taken as part of a gifted education minor. 

  • 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 as part of the 15-hour gifted and talented minor, they complete the field-based practicum strand on gifted and talented education.


In the News

Kristina Henry Collins smiling

Dr. Kristina Henry Collins recently was honored by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Special Populations Network with a 2020 Early Career award. Congratulations, Dr. Collins!