Special Education, MA Ed (High Ability Education (Gifted))

Master of Arts in Education Degree in Special Education with an Emphasis in High Ability Learning (Gifted)

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $315.00
  • $444.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online Special Education Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed) with an emphasis in High Ability (Gifted) Education degree program 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 school.

Why chose this program: 

  • Gain a knowledge base and competencies necessary for the appropriate education of gifted and talented learners.
  • Obtain a solid foundation and capability in special education.
  • Understand the unique needs and educational opportunities for gifted students.
  • Obtain certification in special education in the state of Nebraska.

Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements. Coursework includes the study of the following for gifted and talented learners:

  • Identification, assessment and evaluation
  • Psychology and education 
  • Social and emotional development 
  • Curriculum and program design

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.

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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.