The Gifted Education Specialization fuses gifted education training with Curriculum and Instruction Leadership in a hybrid online AND face-to-face model. You will take two online courses each quarter—fall, winter, and spring—and meet face-to-face with your cohort for on-campus courses in the summer. Each June you will meet for two weeks to receive support with relationship-building within the cohort, advising, and assistance with research project conceptualization. The program will develop your research skills, particularly in identification, intervention, methodology, and analysis. Students generally complete this program within 3 years.


Upon graduation from the program, and passing of the Gifted Education Praxis, you may apply for multiple endorsements with the Colorado Department of Education, including:

  • Gifted Education Core Endorsement
  • Gifted Education Specialist Endorsement
  • Gifted Education Director License
  • Principal License, as applicable

The University of Denver has not yet determined whether the program meets endorsement requirements in a state other than Colorado or in any U.S. protectorates. For students seeking endorsement in a state other than Colorado, students should contact the state’s Board of Education to determine whether the program meets endorsement requirements.


Some of the courses you can take include:

  • Psychological Aspects of Giftedness
  • Instructional Strategies for the Gifted
  • Twice Exceptional Learners
  • Program Development, Leadership, and Communication in Gifted Education
  • Legal Issues in Special and Gifted Education
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • Research as Intervention
  • Applied Research

In this option, you will spend one additional year in the EdD program and focus on leadership. In a “2-1-1” format, you will complete coursework in Gifted Education and Curriculum & Instruction in your first two years, followed by study in Educational Leadership and your dissertation-in-practice. The Administrator Licensure coursework can also be completed after the EdD coursework.

Upon graduation, you may apply for multiple endorsements with the Colorado Department of Education to support your career in Gifted Education Leadership.


Members of each cohort receive an attractive funding package, with scholarships typically running no less than 40% of the total cost of tuition. For more information, visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page.

In addition, financial support is available for research projects completed within the program.

The next available term for the Gifted Education cohort is Summer 2021; application for the 2021 term will open June 2020


Admissions Contact
303-871-2509, KRH 110
Office Hours: By appointment only

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