The Gifted Education Program provides advanced training for certified teachers to work with gifted and talented children and to work with other teachers on a consultant and/or collaborative basis.


MA in Gifted Program Description

36-credit hour program includes the five courses required for the Florida Endorsement in Gifted Education as well as courses in foundations of research, classroom assessment, issues in the education of students with exceptionalities, and a supervised practicum.

Gifted Endorsement Coursework

15-hour program (5 classes). This is an add-on endorsement, available to students who have previously earned initial teaching credentials; upon completion individuals may apply to the Florida Department of Education for the add-on endorsement.



Students admitted to the MA and USF Gifted Endorsement programs are required to maintain an E-Portfolio account through Chalk and Wire and submit required Critical Tasks or key assessments. Training and support for Chalk and Wire is provided remotely for distance-learners.

About the Program

What is Giftedness? How might it manifest in different people in different ways?

These are some of the conceptual starting points that practicing teachers enrolled in the program will explore. They include a look into twelve specific traits that are considered by some experts to be representative of giftedness, outside of IQ alone.

Find out about these 12 traits and see famous people throughout history that have shown great aptitude in these areas.



Our program prepares educators to:

  • understanding and serving the characteristics and needs of gifted learners
  • develop appropriate learning opportunities for gifted learners
  • address the cognitive and affective needs of individual learners
  • modify educational programs to develop gifted student's potential
  • consult with gifted students, their families and teachers

How Do I Enroll?

If you are a practicing teacher with a long-time passion or newly found interest in gifted education, review the admission requirements or apply now.

Admission Requirements

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In-State Tuition for Out-of-State Students

Out-of-State students may be able to take these classes at the reduced cost of in-state tuition rather than out-of-state tuition. (See Academic Common Market for more information.)

Request Permission to Register

If you need help with registration please contact Heather at Students self-register through OASIS after a permit has been issued; course seats are reserved upon payment of tuition.

Gifted Education at USF REACH Grant

Drs. Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick and Linda Evans, were co-principal investigators of Project REACH, a grant awarded through the Jacob A. Javits Gifted Education Program Act. The first of its kind awarded to the COEDU and the first awarded to an institution of higher learning in Florida, the grant provided opportunities for learners in Title I schools, who have been historically underrepresented in gifted education programs, to benefit from a differentiated reading approach. To read about findings from the project, please see

Shaunessy-Dedrick, E., Evans, L., Ferron, J., & Lindo, M. (2015, In Press). Effects of a differentiated reading approach among gifted and general education students. Gifted Child Quarterly.

For inquires regarding the gifted program,
please email:
USF College of Education, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, EDU105, Tampa, FL 33620-5650
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