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Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Education | Department of Special Education
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 30
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council
  • Estimated program cost: $12,494.70*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Get the degree you deserve

The online master’s degree in gifted education from MU will help you truly see what gifted and talented students need from their learning experience. If you want your classroom to be the most effectual and dynamic place it can be, this may be the degree for you.

Career prospects

6%
Employment growth1
25%
Average salary increase2

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Special Education Teachers

2 Percentage by which the average base salary of a full-time teacher in a U.S. public elementary or secondary school with a master’s degree exceeds that of a teacher with a bachelor’s degree, 2007–08. Snyder, T.D., and Dillow, S.A. (2011). Digest of Education Statistics 2010 (NCES 2011-015). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, D.C.

This degree has potential benefits for

  • Career or technical education teachers
  • Instructional coordinators
  • Occupational therapists
  • Recreational therapists
  • School counselors
  • Special education teachers

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two classes each semester and finish in two to three years.

Gifted education course work covers

  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Curriculum methods
  • Instructional leadership, technology and strategies
  • Learning theory
  • Nature and needs of gifted students
  • Research with exceptional children

Missouri certification program

The 15 hours of gifted courses in the master’s program course work meets Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requirements for Missouri gifted education certification.

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Special Education.

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