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Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Emphasis in Gifted & Talented

Designed with you in mind, Whitworth's gifted education programs equip you to meet the needs of gifted learners as you gain the skills and experience to help you grow as a professional in helping these students reach their full potential. Enjoy the benefits of a respected university with the freedom of online classes or, if you prefer, choose a combination of online and on-campus classes that allow you to interact with your instructors and fellow classmates face-to-face. You decide what will work best for you.

  • Available entirely online; some courses may be available on campus.
  • Whitworth is the only university in Washington with a master's degree in gifted education.
  • Complete your degree in just two years.

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Degree Snapshot
Credits 34
Average Completion Time 2-3 years
Class Format Online; some courses available on campus
Cost Per Credit $665* per credit (financial aid & scholarships available)
Application Deadline Applications are due four weeks prior to the start of the semester in which you plan to enroll.
Fall Term Start | Apply by first week of August
Jan Term Start | Apply by first week of December
Spring Term Start | Apply by first week of January
Summer Term Start | Apply by third week of April

*for the 2019-20 academic year

Empower Gifted Youth

Develop curriculum that engages highly capable learners and enhances engagement for all students, study research-based instructional techniques and practices, and gain a better understanding of different program services that support student growth. Whitworth's gifted education program is designed to help you meet the academic and social-emotional needs of gifted learners while empowering all students to be successful.

This program has given me the tools and background to better support and advocate for students, both in my own classroom and throughout Washington State. Our students have so much potential, I'm determined to help them get the opportunity to fulfill it!

Camille Jones Washington State's 2017 Teacher of the Year

Program Curriculum

As the only university in Washington with a master's degree in gifted education, Whitworth's 34-credit program is tailored to fit your interest in meeting the unique and accelerated learning needs of gifted and talented students. Each course is designed to enhance your teaching capabilities as well as your ability to have a positive influence upon those around you.

The integrity and knowledge of the professors challenged me to learn more about how I could make a difference for my community and the students we serve.

Jen Flo M.A.T. Gifted & Talented

During the required courses you'll discuss and research the characteristics and identification needs of gifted students from different cultural, economic, linguistic and diverse populations; explore best practices in designing curriculum and applying instructional strategies that enhance student learning; and understand a variety of program services that support the continuous growth of gifted students.

  • Required Core Courses - 13 credits
  • Gifted Education Courses - 14 credits - offered online only
  • Field Study and Action Research - 3 credits
  • Electives - 4 credits

For course descriptions and learning outcomes of this major please view the course catalog.

Note: The courses in this program are subject to change due to program updates. Please check with your advisor for current course offerings.

Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement: Online or On-Campus Options

Whitworth is the only university in Washington offering a Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement entirely online.

You can earn your specialty endorsement as an endorsement-only option or concurrently with your M.A.T. in Gifted Education or your M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning. Curriculum for the Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement may fulfill degree elective requirements. To view more information regarding the specialty endorsement and required curriculum, please view the course catalog.