Gifted Education This is a Track

College : Education and Human Performance Degree :MED
Department : School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
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The Gifted Education track in the Curriculum and Instruction MEd program is designed to meet the advanced knowledge and skill needs of educators who teach diverse gifted and talented students.

This graduate program partners with the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. If you are a returning Peace Corps volunteer, see Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows for more information about attending graduate school at UCF.


The Gifted Education track in the Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction program requires 15 credit hours of core courses, including completion of a capstone research project. In addition, students take 18 credit hours of specialization courses.
Total Credit Hours Required:
33-36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—33-36 Credit Hours

Core—15 Credit Hours

  • EDG 6935 Introductory Seminar in Teacher Leadership* (3 credit hours)
  • EDG 6223 Curriculum Theory, Organization and Policy (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6472 Data-Driven Decision Making for Instruction** (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6233 Introduction to Action Research and Analysis of Classroom Practice** (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6635 Capstone: Action Research in Teacher Leadership (3 credit hours) 

* Must be taken in first semester in the program.

** Prerequisites for enrolling in Capstone. Students complete a Capstone Research Project at the end of the program. EDF 6635 is offered in spring semester only.

Specialization—18 Credit Hours 

  • EDF 6247 Developing Advanced Programs and Services: Acceleration and Enrichment for Academically and Intellectually Gifted Learners (3 credit hours)
  • EGI 6051 Understanding the Gifted/Talented Student (3 credit hours)
  • EGI 6245 Curriculum and Instruction for Teaching Advanced, Gifted and Talented Learners (3 credit hours)
  • EGI 6246 Education of Special Populations of Gifted Students (3 credit hours)
  • EGI 6417 Guidance and Counseling Strategies for Teachers of Gifted and Talented Individuals (3 credit hours)
  • EGI 6305 Theory and Development of Creativity (3 credit hours)

Independent Learning

The MEd requires a course-based action research study and completion of a capstone experience.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Evidence of eligibility for a professional teaching certificate in Florida in related area and/or sustained teaching experience within schools/colleges (approved by track coordinator).
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only. 

Application Deadlines

Gifted Education *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1Apr 15
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1Nov 1
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1Dec 15
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.