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M.Ed. with Emphasis in Gifted Education Curriculum (Elementary & Secondary Teachers)

Director's Welcome & M.Ed. Overview

The Master in Education Gifted program is designed as an endorsement program for persons who already have Missouri Teacher Certification.

“If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”
- T.S. Eliot

Some students come to the institution of education, for one reason or several, ahead of expectation. They may think faster, they may know more through prior experience, or they may seem to understand more deeply. In any event, teaching these students something new every day is just as valuable, and no less difficult, than it is with others. Meaningful learning cannot be a right for the many and a privilege for the few.

Gifted education is the field that focuses on the education of such students. Drury University offers a fully online program for a Master in Education (M.Ed.) in Gifted Education, which includes an endorsement for teachers who already possess Missouri teacher certification. The program provides access to gifted students through summer gifted programming sponsored by the Drury University Center for Gifted Education, as well as the extraordinary gifted program in the Springfield Public Schools.

Lindsey GathrightLindsey Gathright graduated from Drury in 2009 with her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and continued her studies with an M.Ed. in Gifted Education in 2015. While at Drury, online courses gave Lindsey the opportunity to continue her education whilst balancing her first year of teaching and family life with a new baby. She credits her degree with allowing her to do a job she loves: working as a gifted education teacher at Phelps Center in Springfield. 

"Drury was the only university in the area that offered a graduate program for gifted education. With my Masters in Gifted Education I am able to be a part of an amazing program, and I go to work every day doing something I absolutely love.-Lindsey Gathright, '15


Every member of the gifted education faculty has direct experience with students identified as gifted. The team includes three gifted educators, two administrators of gifted programs, and a clinical psychologist whose practice targets the needs of this population.

Meet Dr. Lenae Lazelle, Director of the Phelps Center for Gifted Education, and hear what she has to say about Drury's program

Faculty access is a high priority at Drury, and for those pursuing their graduate degree, there are research opportunities available through the instructors.

Betsy Cannella

Betsy Cannella graduated with her M.Ed. from Drury in 2008 and was certified in Gifted Education in 2010. Recently, Betsy was the recipient of the Sharon Price Alumni Award for exemplary leadership and professionalism.

[Drury professors] taught me patience, differentiation, quality in work and working with students, and so many life lessons.-Betsy Cannella, '10


Scholarship Opportunity:

Master/Certification in Gifted Education Scholarship Fund 

Required Core Courses (18 hours):

It is recommended that the required courses be taken in the following order:

SCI 621*: Educational Technology
EDUC 605: Advanced Educational Psychology & Assessment
EDUC 621: Social Justice and Diversity in Education
HFA 656: Academic Writing and Digital Literacy
EDUC 689**: Introduction to Educational Research
EDUC 700**: Capstone Seminar

* Must be taken within the first two semesters.
**must be taken in last 9 hours of program

Courses Required in Emphasis (18 hours):

It is recommended that the required courses be taken in the following order:

EDUC 676: Survey of Gifted and Talented Education
EDUC 677: Curriculum & Differentiated Instruction for the Gifted
EDUC 678: Administration and Supervision of Gifted Programs
EDUC 679: Counseling and Guidance of the Gifted
EDUC 686: Practicum in Gifted Education
EDUC 643: Gifted Conference (1 hour each)

  • Fall - Gifted Education Conference
  • Spring - Symposium in Gifted Education
  • Summer - New Teachers in Gifted Workshop