PhD Specialization in Gifted and Talented Education

Gifted and talented education includes specialized programs and services for the purpose of developing exceptional academic achievement from early primary education through high school. Doctoral students specializing in gifted and talented education will study the theory of exceptionality, individual differences related to cognitive ability, and the psychology of giftedness. Students will have opportunities to conduct research in the areas of exceptional abilities, advanced learning designs, and talent development.

The Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development offers doctoral students opportunities to work with gifted and talented students as well as professional development in gifted education and gifted program evaluations.

Gifted and Talented Specialization Doctoral Courses
  • EDP 4350 Introduction to the Gifted Child
  • EDP 5310 Curriculum Development for the Gifted
  • EDP 5311 Creativity and Strategies for Teaching the Gifted
  • EDP 5351 Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted
  • EDP5V54 Practicum with Gifted Students
Gifted and Talented Faculty

Todd Kettler, PhD 
Dr. Kettler’s research interests include design and access to advanced academic programs and curriculum for developing exceptional talent with students with high cognitive ability.

Jennifer Robins, PhD
Dr. Robins’ research interests include the history of gifted and talented education and advanced learning opportunities for typically under-represented student populations.

Tracey Sulak, PhD
Dr. Sulak's research interests focus on broadening participation in STEM, and she has received National Science Foundation funding to provide opportunities for local K-12 students to develop talent in STEM.