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Master of Education in Teacher Leadership with a Specialization in Gifted and Talented Online

This online degree program is designed to prepare you to serve children with exceptional creative or academic abilities. Courses are designed to meet the educational requirements of the Council on Exceptional Children.

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Learn more about our online M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership – Gifted and Talented program

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The M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership with a Specialization in Gifted and Talented online program introduces teachers to the design methodologies and techniques of scientifically-based educational research in making informed decisions that positively impact student achievement with particular emphasis on serving the needs of students with exceptional academic and creative abilities.

You will learn how to support student learning by building key relationships with school community stakeholders including students, teachers, faculty, parents and the community at large.

You will also learn how to understand, identify and direct creative behavior in gifted/talented students, as well as examine and analyze issues in gifted education—both past and present—and their implications for identifying and assessing gifted students. By gaining an in-depth knowledge of the unique characteristics and needs of gifted/talented students as they relate to both family and classroom dynamics, you will emerge prepared to help gifted and talented students excel to their full potential.

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Discover the value of our low-cost tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing Master of Education in Teacher Leadership with a Specialization in Gifted and Talented. Our tuition is affordable, and can be paid by the course.

$11,682 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice due to action by the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature.

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

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Know the upcoming dates and deadlines for our online gifted and talented master’s program

Our Master of Education in Teacher Leadership with a Specialization in Gifted and Talented online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Apply by:9/12/22
Start Class:10/3/22

5 week courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day TEA Requirement Deadline Department Required Deadline
Summer II 07/11/2022 06/20/2022 07/07/2022 08/14/2022 07/03/2022 06/24/2022
Fall 1 08/22/2022 08/01/2022 08/15/2022 09/25/2022 08/15/2022 08/06/2022
Fall 2 10/03/2022 09/12/2022 09/26/2022 11/06/2022 09/26/2022 09/17/2022
Fall 3 11/14/2022 10/24/2022 11/07/2022 12/18/2022 11/07/2022 10/29/2022
Spring I 01/17/2023 12/27/2022 01/09/2023 02/19/2023 01/04/2023 01/06/2023
Spring II 02/27/2023 02/06/2023 02/21/2023 04/02/2023 02/15/2023 02/17/2023
Spring III 04/10/2023 03/20/2023 04/03/2023 05/14/2023 03/29/2023 03/31/2023

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View the requirements for our gifted and talented master’s online degree

The Master of Education in Teacher Leadership with a Specialization in Gifted and Talented online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

Applicants with a GPA below a 2.5 in the institutional bachelor’s degree will be denied admission. Applicants with a Master’s Degree with a GPA over 3.0 will be accepted.

University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: University requirements will be assessed by the online application through There is a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Conferred degree GPAs will be used for admission purposes. Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the conferred bachelor’s degree will be denied admission. Applicants with a conferred master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA and above will be accepted.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.

Department of Educational Leadership Admission Requirements

The Department of Educational Leadership requires the following for admission to the department program.

M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership with a Specialization in Gifted and Talented does not provide credentials for teacher education or certification. This is not a certification program. There is no supervised practicum course. It is degree only.

Out-of-state applicants must determine whether the program will meet their state credentialing requirements by contacting their state’s Dept. of Education.

**Please note that out-of-state students may not be required to meet this criteria.

***Not applicable to out-of-state students unless taking the TExES Principal Exam.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710


Submit electronically to [email protected]

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.

For students considering an academic program that leads to professional licensure in a state outside of Texas, such as Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Educational Diagnostician, Principal Certificate or Superintendent Certificate, please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside of Texas.


Gain insight into our M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership – Gifted and Talented online classes

Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework as outlined in the following degree plan. Courses are designed to meet the educational requirements of the Council on Exceptional Children. Participation in a specialization area may or may not lead to additional credentialing. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for certification and/or endorsement in a specialization area.

Note: Lamar University Graduate Education Programs do not permit students to take coursework for transient credit.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces teachers to the design, methodologies, and techniques necessary to understand educational research and to use “scientifically-based research” in making informed decisions which can positively impact student achievement. An emphasis is placed on action research.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a foundation for developing relationships with stakeholders within the school community; students, faculty, parents, and the community at large for the expressed goal of supporting student learning. A fundamental purpose of the course is to understand and implement strategies to develop essential partnerships between schools.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides educators a basic understanding of the strengths and structure of learning communities with a focus on developing a culture of change and improvement for student learning. Special emphasis is given to facilitation skills, team building, and mentoring.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides teachers a foundation to understand the legal, ethical, and policy dimensions of education. Special emphasis is given to the interpretation of case law, Texas Education Code, and federal and state statutes.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course enhances teachers' ability to develop instructional programs to assess, instruct, and support students with diverse learning needs. Special emphasis is given to special education, English language learners and economically disadvantaged students.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course supports teachers as they develop the competencies to utilize formative and summative assessment practices and data to inform and guide curriculum development and instruction. Special emphasis is given to analyzing classroom and school-based assessment results to aid in meeting the needs of diverse learners.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course prepares teachers to establish high expectations for all students and to effectively evaluate and implement theories of motivation and cognitive engagement in classroom learning. Emphasis will be placed on different theories of motivation and how classroom, school, work, and social environments shape and influence student motivation.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is a synthesis course where students will examine what they have studied and learned through the course of the program and reflect on how this new learning will impact their practices in their classroom and as teacher leaders on their campuses and/or in their districts. This course is presented in five weeks, with each week including readings from current research on the topic, lecture from Lamar University professors, discussion with your colleagues, and an assignment. Throughout the five weeks, you will explore the following topics: teacher leadership, professional portfolios, reflective practice, effective mentoring of novice teachers, and lifelong learning.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an in-depth study of the characteristics and unique needs of gifted/talented students as they relate to both school and family settings. Understanding of adaptations required for effective instruction of gifted learners.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to the theoretical constructs related to creative behavior. Emphasis on the development of competence in identifying the student's creative potential through the administration and interpretation of tests of creative behaviors and on strategies for enhancing the learner's creative behavior.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examination of issues in gifted education, both past and present (including diversity, RTI, anti-intellectualism, equity vs. excellence, dominant/non-dominant cultural value systems with implications on identification and assessment of gifted individuals, acceleration, grouping practices. Survey of philosophy, theories, models supporting gifted education.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Survey of models of gifted/talented education with attention to the development of appropriate goals and objectives for curriculum differentiation. Understanding of appropriate evaluation criteria at state/district/classroom levels.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

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