WKU has offered graduate courses in gifted education since 1982. We currently offer the Endorsement in gifted education, the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) in Gifted Education and Talent Development, and the Educational Specialist (EdS) in Gifted Education and Talent Development. WKU is the only university in Kentucky to offer the MAE and EdS in gifted studies, and we have more coursework in gifted education than any other university in the state. In addition, students in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program (EdD) may use the coursework from the MAE and EdS to make a concentration in teacher leadership with a focus on gifted education. In all its graduate programs in gifted studies, WKU strives to provide opportunities, research-based knowledge, best practices, faculty mentoring, and other tools educators need to better identify and serve high-ability and gifted students. The Center for Gifted Studies supports graduate work through programming and professional learning opportunities.


Theses and Specialist projects from 2018


Educator Perceptions of Gifted English Language Learners, Michelle C. Lynch


Teacher Attitudes Towards Gifted Education in Rural School Districts, Jennifer Smith Sheffield