Curriculum - MA in Special Education (Gifted and Talented Certification)

The 30 to 36-credit-hour MA program offers courses, following state guidelines, that lead to master's-level teacher certification. An educator graduating from the program will be eligible to apply for certification in the area of Gifted and Talented P-12 students. 

Required Courses

  • SPE 581 Psychology of Gifted and Talented Children and Youth
  • SPE 582 Teaching the Gifted and Talented
  • SPE 583 Creative Problem Solving Seminar
  • SPE 584 Special Populations in Gifted Education
  • SPE 585 Teaching Thinking Skills: Integrating Programs
  • SPE 589 Internship in Gifted and Talented - Summer Enrichment Workshop*
  • SPE 589 Internship in Gifted and Talented (or 3 approved hours from a previous master's-level certification program)
  • SPE 501 Diagnosis and Assessment of Exceptional Children and Youth
  • BER 500 Introduction to Educational Research
  • Foundations Course - approved by advisor


  • SPE 606 Topical Seminar in Special Education: Bibliotherapy for Exceptional Students - suggested course; other electives must be approved by advisor.
  • SPE 500 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth is required for those who have not taken a special education survey course

In addition to required coursework, completion of a practicum in a special education teaching field, and a passing score on a comprehensive exam is required.

*During the final summer semester, students attend a four-week intensive summer enrichment workshop to work with children from gifted programs in the Tuscaloosa, Alabama area. Special housing accommodations may be available for students to live on campus during the one month summer program.

Please note that courses are subject to change.