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M.A.E. in Gifted Education and Talent Development

The M.A.E. in Gifted Education and Talent Development offers two distinct online pathways leading up to the practicum, which must be completed face-to-face over a two-week period at for the practicum in gifted education. The pathways are designed to serve both educators and researchers.

  • The Advanced Certification for Teacher Leaders pathway will allow teachers, administrators, counselors, librarians and other special teachers to enhance knowledge and skills in a concentration that leads to a Rank II certification and the endorsement in gifted education (a passing score on the Praxis in Gifted Education is required for the gifted endorsement in Kentucky).
  • The Advanced Research Focus will prepare students for a variety of careers in higher education, government policy work or other organizations and could lead to a Rank I.

As a graduate of the program, you will actively create learning environments that foster cultural understanding, active engagement in learning, and positive social interactions for individuals with gifts and talents; Plan and implement curriculum and instruction that addresses the needs (often created by the strengths) of learners with gifts and talents, and tailor instruction to address their needs and assess learning progress.

Program Information


To learn more about WKU Graduate School and the M.A.E. in Gifted Education and Talent Development, view the Graduate Catalog. To take the next step on your climb to the top, apply today!

Did you know? The Kentucky P-12 Professional Educator Rate is a special tuition rate for Kentucky teachers in specific master degree programs. Click here to learn more.

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