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Master's Programs in Talent Development

Welcome to Master's Programs in Talent Development

M.A. & M.Ed. Programs in Elementary Education with Talent Development Concentration; and
M.A. & M.Ed. Programs in Secondary Education with Talent Development Concentration

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Reimagining Education; Creating Spaces for Talents, Creativity, and Transformative Education

Smiling Teacher and Talent Development Graduate

Together, we reimagine education and create spaces for talents, creativity, and transformative experiences in schools and communities, for people of all ages, toward shared flourishing and a more just world. 

The talent development program at Texas State engages students in thinking critically and imaginatively about educational practices, policies, and possibilities. Together, we question the taken-for-granted, expand teaching and inquiry repertoires, and open spaces in relation to multiple senses of talent and creativity. Students generate understandings and hone skills that can be used for excellence in teaching, for creative change efforts, for increasing equity in education, for nurturing and sustaining diverse and divergent pathways, and much more. We question and interrupt deficit views of people and exclusivity-based views of talent in schools and communities, as well as other dominant perspectives and practices related to talent and creativity. 

Students benefit from the variety of perspectives, frameworks, research, and practices that they encounter through their course experiences. In addition, options within required courses allow for students to focus on areas of interest (e.g., reading/literacy education, teacher leadership, gifted and talented education). 

Opening Career Opportunities  

Texas State's master's programs in talent development apply to a wide variety of career opportunities. Talent development graduates are in demand for classrooms, school districts, and non-profit workplaces. Graduates are able to use what they learn in school settings, community contexts, and everyday life. 

Texas State University master's programs with concentrations in talent development open to many possibilities and pathways. Some of our graduates are now in various kinds of non-administrative teacher leadership positions, such as teacher mentors and instructional coaches. Some graduates have gone on to complete Ph.D. programs. Others have forged new paths for themselves within their same job or school district or even outside of school systems. Our graduates often say that this master's program not only made them better educators but also opened up their thinking about themselves, education, and the world in ways that helped them to figure out their own next steps in their personal and professional lives. 

Program graduates have used their knowledge and skills from this program in a wide range of careers including: 

  • classroom teachers in PreK-12 schools
  • campus-based mentors and instructional coaches
  • dance teachers, art teachers, and music teachers 
  • career and technical education teachers in PreK-12 schools
  • campus/district newcomer coordinators and ESL coordinators 
  • part-time university faculty
  • directors of early childhood centers and heads of non-profit kindergartens
  • outdoor education specialists and outdoor school teachers 
  • advanced academics teachers
  • gifted and talented education facilitators and district coordinators 
  • special education teachers 
  • extra-curricular and community-based coaches
  • self-employed artists
  • software engineers, coding trainers, and decision science analysts

Enjoying Flexibility

We offer both Master of Education (M.Ed.) and the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree programs, with choices and flexibility. 

Courses are offered at times and in modalities that are convenient for working professionals and parents and that are responsive to different situations and needs. New students may start in any semester. The availability of online classes that integrate communities of conversation means that any distance that you may be from campus won't stand in the way of educational excellence, your program completion, or your particular life responsibilities. 

We currently offer 30-credit-hour and 36-credit-hour master's degree programs. We expect all of our degree programs to move to 30 credit hours in Fall 2023, pending approval. Students who begin a 36 credit-hour degree program with a concentration in talent development in Summer 2023 will have the option of changing to the 30 credit-hour version if desired. 

Beginning in Fall 2023, it will be possible for interested students to select a coursework focus on equity and excellence in gifted and talented education. In this coursework theme option, students will learn practical strategies for effecting change in PreK-12 gifted and talented education practices and policies. 

Which to choose: M.A. or M.Ed.? If you want to pursue a graduate minor, our M.Ed. programs integrate your selected minor into your degree plan. Texas State offers a wide variety of minors, such as reading education, bilingual/bicultural education, creativity studies in education, gifted and talented education, special education, exercise and sport science, adult education, and physics. If you have questions that you want to investigate through thesis research, our M.A. programs are designed to support you in this interesting and rewarding process. 

Interacting with Outstanding Faculty 

Program faculty are caring, knowledgeable in their specialty areas, and committed to student well-being. The talent development graduate advisor works together with students to map out each student's master's program coursework and more.

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"The knowledge and experiences I gained from the talent development program have been absolutely priceless. The faculty deepened my passion for teaching and learning and gave me all the confidence I needed to move forward as an educator. ˮ-- Kristen Freeman, M.Ed. '15

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"What the program offered me was far beyond what I had hoped for. The readings and projects set me on a path of liberating self-discovery that will propel me through the rest of my life... I was interested in finding a program to become a better teacher for my students, but what I found was the beginning of a journey of becoming the best version of myself. A year after completing my Master’s degree, I’m starting another new adventure, this time in a field completely new to me, that I never would have thought possible before my Talent Development transformation." -- Faith Kane, M.Ed. '17

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