Special Education, Graduate Endorsement (High Ability Education (Gifted))

Graduate Endorsement in Special Education with an Emphasis in High Ability Learning (Gifted)

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 21
  • $315.00
  • $444.00

Program Overview

The online Special Education Graduate Endorsement with an emphasis in High Ability Education (Gifted) K-12 is designed for educators who understand the needs of high ability learners and wish to create enriched programs to ensure they make continuous progress in the school setting. 

Why choose this program:

  • Gain a knowledge base and competencies necessary for the appropriate education of gifted and talented learners.
  • Obtain a solid foundation in special education to address the unique needs and educational opportunities of gifted students.
  • The 18 credit hours earned in the endorsement may be applied to the Special Education MA Ed, program with an emphasis on high ability education which is offered entirely online.
  • Coursework earned through the gifted education endorsement is necessary for the Nebraska Supplementary Endorsement in Gifted Education. 

Students pursuing certification in other states other than Nebraska must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements.

Career Outlook: According to the National Association for Gifted Children, around six to ten percent (up to 5 million) of America's student population qualifies as gifted. The demand for teachers that are equipped to educate these students is growing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, gifted education teachers earn a mean annual wage of $58,980 and the job outlook is expected to grow 8% from 2016-2026.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A license/certificate required

    Standard teacher license

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. A professional biography

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admission.
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CSP 800Advanced Education Psychology3
This course focuses on school learning, its assessment and factors that are related to it. These factors include, for example, learner's development and characteristics (biological, psychological, cultural and social), learner's exceptionalities, teacher's instructional and behavior management techniques, and social influences. Current issues and problems will be studied and discussed in a seminar setting. There will also be opportunity to study topics of individual concern.
TESE 816CPracticum in Gifted/Talented Education3
Prereq: TESE 822P, TESE 823P, TESE 824*, TESE 825*, TESE 826* OR Departmental permission. This course is designed specifically to provide students the opportunity to teach gifted learners in a differentiated educational program. Students will plan, develop, implement, and evaluate educational experiences for gifted learners. In order to build an understanding of student needs across developmental and grade levels, the student will work with both elementary and secondary level gifted learners. A minimum of 90 clock hours is required.
TESE 823PGuiding the Social & Emotional Development of Gifted/Talented Education3
This course focuses on understanding the social and emotional characteristics and development of typical and special populations of gifted/talented learners, current theories and issues related to their guidance and counseling principles and strategies of intervention.
TESE 824Identification/Assessment/Evaluation of Gifted/Talented Education3
Prereq: TESE 822P or TESE 823P or Departmental permission. This in-depth course provides the student with the knowledge and concepts of basic statistics necessary to understand and administer selected assessment instruments used in the identification of gifted and talented learners. The process and multiple strategies of identification will be a major focus to prepare the student to develop and/or improve current identification procedures. An additional focus will be on multiple strategies for the assessment of the gifted/talented learner's work in the classroom. Developing a beginning understanding of the difference between student and program evaluation will be the final focus.
TESE 825Curriculum Design & Development for Gifted/Talented Education3
Prereq: TESE 822P or TESE 823P or Departmental permission. This is an advanced course on exemplary program models, instructional processes and methods, program planning, and development of appropriately differentiated curricula for gifted/talented learners across grade levels.
TESE 822PThe Psychology & Education of Gifted & Talented Learners3
Topics for this introductory course will include the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical characteristics of gifted/talented learners, methods of identification, implications of cultural diversity, appropriately differentiated education, working with families, historical perspective of the field, and major research studies contributing to the knowledge-base. Emphasis will be placed on characteristics and differentiated instructional strategies.
TESE 826Program Design for Gifted/Talented Education3
Prereq: TESE 822P or TESE 823P or Departmental permission. This course is concerned with the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs for gifted/talented learners, including procedures utilized when developing a distinct definition of giftedness, philosophy and goals for gifted education, staff hiring and development, service delivery options, and public relations.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 10
  • Spring SemesterNov 10
  • Summer SessionsApr 10
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