Create an advanced learning environment

This online program was designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers who already have initial teacher certification and are seeking Missouri certification in gifted education.

The gifted courses in this program encompass all competencies required by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for Missouri gifted certification.

Check the DESE educator certification web page and the compendium of Missouri certification requirements for details.


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

Certification requires successful completion of 23 credit hours of gifted education courses included in the online gifted education master’s program.

Missouri gifted certification requires 15 credit hours of gifted education course work as well as a graduate-level educational research course (e.g., SPC_ED 8350 Research with Exceptional Children) and a course in administration and supervision of gifted programs (e.g., SPC_ED 8410).

You also must have completed a course in psychology and/or education of the exceptional child in your undergraduate program. If you have not completed such a course, you will be required to take one at the graduate level (e.g., SPC_ED 7300 Introduction to Special Education).

How to enroll

If you are seeking gifted certification through DESE, you may take MU courses individually as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student without applying to the gifted education master’s (M Ed) program.

Important If you take individual courses as a post-baccalaureate and plan to apply course credit toward the M Ed program, you must be accepted into the degree program before you finish 12 credit hours of course work.

Apply to enroll as a post-baccalaureate student

Tuition and financial aid

Online graduate students pay in-state tuition regardless of residency.

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estimated program cost

This estimate is for illustrative purposes only and is based on academic year 2020 information. It includes:

  • Missouri resident graduate tuition of $386.00 per credit hour, plus
  • College of Education course fee of $53.00 per credit hour, plus
  • Information technology fee of $14.03 per credit hour.

It does not include your application fee, textbooks or course materials. Additional fees may apply.

For information about academic issues or course content, please contact

This program is administered by the Department of Special Education.