Program Director Message

Dear Applicant,

The Program for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students at Baylor University offers a combination of theory and practice in collaboration with a variety of educational settings in the Waco area and is nationally recognized by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education. Professionals may work toward any of the following certificates and/or degrees:

  • Texas Supplementary Certificate in the Education of the Gifted and Talented
  • Master of Science in Education with a Specialization in Gifted and Talented
  • Doctor of Philosophy with a Research Specialization in Gifted and Talented

In meeting degree requirements, the Department of Educational Psychology provides a variety of courses related to the education of the gifted and talented or content specializations. You are given opportunities to expand your knowledge base by taking courses in other departments, schools, and colleges at Baylor University.

To attain a supplementary certificate at the undergraduate level, you must also attain a certificate at the PK-Grade 6 level.

Successful graduates who are practitioners may work in a variety of settings:

  • Resource teacher in a public or private school, working in a pull out setting with gifted students
  • Classroom teacher, teaching in public or private schools
  • Classroom teacher, teaching in a magnet school for gifted students
  • Consultant, working with other professionals in schools, regional service centers, and other community institutions, and planning programs for gifted students
  • Administrator in a public or private school setting
  • Instructor at a community college or university

The faculty is highly qualified and has extensive experience in the field of gifted and talented education as researchers, teachers, evaluators, and professional development specialists. They are student-oriented and will work closely with you in helping you gain new skills and a better understanding of gifted and talented students.


Susan Johnsen
Director, Programs in Gifted and Talented Education