Talented and Gifted Education


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Do you enjoy empowering others and helping to support their unique gifts? A MAT in talented and gifted education may be the track to help you enhance your practice in this area, helping to motivate students to succeed for years to come.

Program Details



Cost per credit




A Great Fit For

  • Someone who enjoys motivating others.
  • Educators who want to learn about how to more effectively work with students who are talented and gifted.
  • Excellent communicators and instructors.


Orientation to graduate education programs and readiness for online learning to be completed during the student’s first semester of enrollment. Expectations related to scholarly writing skills are introduced.

Overview of approaches to educational research and pertinent educational theoretical frameworks. Students will examine the role of action research in their practice.

Identify and review scholarly literature, critically evaluate research, and develop skills to write an effective literature review related to topics in talented and gifted education.

Students examine the systematic design feature of action research, with a focus on selecting effective data tools and creating an implementation plan for a research project.

Students examine evaluation, analysis, and interpretation of action research data, as well as designing strategies for instructional adjustment and re-evaluation.

Using foundational methods of design and analysis, students conduct action research related to Talented and Gifted education. A capstone research project, including a review of literature, a systematic inquiry of a research problem, implementation of an intervention, analysis, and interpretation of data, and reflection for instructional adjustment.

Expands the use of technology tools in teaching situations and includes an action inquiry project using a technology-infused solution. Discusses issues related to technology and its use in schools.

Examination of socio-cultural concerns and ethics related to educational foundations with emphasis on contemporary issues influencing curriculum, pedagogy, inclusion, human relations, educational policy, and social justice.

  •  EDUC 580 (4 cr): Development and Management of Gifted Programs
  • EDUC 581 (3 cr): Curriculum and Methods for the Gifted
  • EDUC 584 (3 cr): Psychology of the Talented & Gifted
  • EDUC 585 (2 cr): Social & Emotional Needs of the Talented & Gifted Learner
  • EDUC 586 (2 cr): Talented and Gifted Special Populations
  • EDUC 587 (2 cr): Challenging the Secondary Talented & Gifted Learner
  • EDUC 588 (2 cr): STEM (STREAAM) for the Talented and Gifted Learner
  • EDUC 589 (2 cr): Challenging the Younger Talented and Gifted Learner
  • EDUC 590 (2 cr): Creativity and the Talented and Gifted Learner


Additional Program Details

About MAT: Talent and Gifted Education

  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge of how to most effectively work with talented students and help to empower and nurture their creativity, drive, and talent in a challenging educational environment.
  • Expand your opportunities for advancing your work with students who are talented and gifted while enhancing your skills in areas such as development and management of gifted programs; gifted curriculum and methods; talented learners’ social and emotional needs; and more.
  • Enjoy the flexible advantages of earning a degree 100% online, allowing you to work and maintain your personal and professional aspirations.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to gain practical experience that can be immediately applied in the classroom.

Contact Us

Morningside University
Sharon Walker School of Education

1501 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106


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