Gifted education

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

Successful completion of the program requires 15 credit hours of core course work and 15 credit hours of gifted education courses.

Course planner

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. We encourage you to begin your course work with one or more of the gifted education courses, which meet Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requirements for Missouri gifted certification.

Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.


This program culminates with a comprehensive take-home exam, usually in the final semester of the degree program.

Missouri gifted certification preparation

The 23 hours of gifted education course work above meet Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requirements for Missouri gifted education certification. DESE requires 15 credit hours of gifted education course work in addition to SPC_ED 8410, SPC_ED 8350, and a course in Psychology and/or Education of the Exceptional Child (if not already taken as an undergraduate course) for a total of 23 credit hours. Check the DESE educator certification web page for details.

If you wish only to enroll to complete the course work required for Missouri gifted certification, no formal application is required. See the link below for nondegree-seeking university student admission.

Nondegree-seeking enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll in up to 12 credit hours as a nondegree-seeking (in some cases, post-baccalaureate) student. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri-Columbia be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page for more information.

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Students residing in all states are eligible to enroll in this program.

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Special Education