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Gifted Education


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Maryville has a long history of preparing gifted teachers for schools throughout the greater St. Louis area. Our “high touch” program engages top educators in small, face-to-face classes with hands-on preparation for the use of research-based models and methods with demonstrated success for the talent development of gifted students. Our graduates are recognized as effective teachers of gifted and talented students as well as well-rounded teachers of all students.

The Gifted Area of Concentration may be taken as a separate set of coursework leading to the endorsement certificate in teaching gifted children or as an Area of Concentration within the 30 credit hour Master of Arts in Education. The endorsement requires that the teacher hold a valid teaching certificate in Missouri and has taught at least two years.

Emphasis is upon developing critically reflective practice geared to the identification and teaching of a broad spectrum of gifted children. The faculty expertise and commitment at Maryville has put the institution in a leadership position for St. Louis and the state.

For more information: email us at teachered@maryville.edu or call 314.529.9542.

Program Features

Recognized for Excellence
When you earn your MA in Education from Maryville, you’ll have opportunities for excellence on every level. Our program is nationally accredited and recognized locally for being a leader in gifted teacher education. You’ll work with outstanding faculty members and exemplary professionals in the field. You’ll enjoy small classes, innovative approaches and plenty of opportunities for professional growth. With a strong foundation of theory and its practical application, you’ll earn the reputation of being one of the most highly respected and best educators in the region.

Faculty Fully Qualified in Gifted Education
Steve Coxon, Ph.D. is the assistant professor of gifted education at Maryville University in St. Louis where he serves as the Director of Programs in Gifted Education including the gifted graduate program, the Maryville Summer Science and Robotics Program for High Ability Students. Dr. Coxon writes the column Scientifically Speaking for Teaching for High Potential. He is the book review editor for Roeper Review, and is the author of more than 25 publications including the book Serving Visual-Spatial Learners from Prufrock Press. Prior to his work at Maryville, Dr. Coxon served a assistant editor of Journal for the Education of the Gifted at the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary and as a classroom teacher in Virginia and California. His decade of Title I public school service included elementary and high school positions along with working with gifted students ages 5-16 in special classes. He coached award-winning FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams through five seasons and now volunteers as a judge adviser in the St. Louis region. Dr. Coxon was the 2010 recipient of the Joyce VanTassel-Baska Award for Excellence in Gifted Education.

Degrees Offered and Requirements

Admission Requirements

For admission to the master’s program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. You must have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA from your undergraduate studies; below 3.0 may apply for provisional acceptance.
  • Complete an application for admission to the program (on paper or online).
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from qualified professionals.
  • Submit the application essay to demonstrate that you have the necessary competencies for the program.
  • International students must submit appropriate TOEFL scores.

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