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Program Overview

Program Overview

Earn your state-approved employment standard in gifted education as you learn how to better serve intellectually gifted students in your classroom. 

You’re an educator, so you already know that each student has different learning needs. Our rich introductory program of courses in gifted education will give you credentials to go beyond general education and pour into a demographic whose broad intellectual capacities thrive under special enrichment and accelerated academics.

Learn from our top-ranked faculty who have contributed largely to the national conversation around gifted education with research, publication and advocacy. Gather diverse perspectives on approaches to gifted learning with instruction from psychologists, educators and scholars.

When you’re finished, you’ll join an elite group of teachers with the training to recognize and serve gifted students in the classroom. Make a difference in developing the next generation of leaders and creative visionaries.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application
  • $50 application fee
  • Personal statement
    • Explain your goals and your purpose for pursuing a graduate education degree at Lipscomb University in a concise, clear essay (1-2 pages).
  • Official transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation


Courses are co-taught by Dr. Megan Parker Peters and Dr. Emily Mofield, co-recipients of the international Hollingsworth award for excellence in research in gifted education. Both instructors hold leadership positions with the National Association for Gifted Children and have been recognized by the Tennessee Association for the Gifted for excellence in teaching and serving gifted learners.

  • Characteristics & Needs of Gifted Learners: This course is intended to serve as an introduction to gifted learners and gifted education. This course is designed to offer a basic introduction to the characteristics, terminology, theories, and specific needs of intellectually gifted students. Students will learn about the historical context of gifted education on a state and national level in addition to the larger theories that guide the field of gifted education. Characteristics, identification, and developmental features of gifted learners will be major topics and will include attention to diverse and underrepresented groups.
    **Completion of this course provides the necessary training to be considered an IEP team member with training in gifted characteristics.

  • Curriculum, Planning, and Instruction for Gifted Learners: This course provides an understanding of curriculum development for gifted learners. Curriculum models, instructional planning, instructional strategies, curriculum design, and differentiation for gifted learners will be explored. Students will have opportunities to plan lessons, evaluate resources, and modify curricula for gifted learners.

To best accommodate the schedules of educators and practitioners who might have interest in this program, our courses are offered over the summer.

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

  • $953 per credit hour
  • 26% in-service scholarship for educators (Employment Standard)

Scholarship Information

As you give back to the community, Lipscomb University wants to give back to you. The College of Education offers significant scholarships to current educators and administrators. Those pursuing career as a teacher, you're not left out either! Check out the following information to see if you qualify for scholarships.

All completed applications should be mailed to:

Lipscomb University
College of Education

One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

Types of Aid


Student to faculty ratio

Flexible Schedule

Our courses are offered at a variety of convenient locations around Nashville or online, at times designed to work with your busy schedule. Our hybrid class model allows you the best of going to school as a working professional.

Small Class Sizes

You’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small class sizes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.


Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.

Our Faculty

  • Megan Parker Peters

    Megan Parker Peters

    Associate Professor of Education

    Megan Parker Peters is an associate professor and the Director of Teacher Assessment at Lipscomb University. She is a licensed psychologist and school psychologist who focuses on the needs of…

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  • Emily Mofield

    Emily Mofield

    Assistant Clinical Professor of Education

    Emily Mofield, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education teaching classes for the Doctor of Education Program and Gifted Education graduate studies. Her background includes 15 years…

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Career Paths

Instructional Coordinators

Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, coordinate its implementation with teachers and principals, and assess its effectiveness.

High School Teachers

High school teachers help prepare students for life after graduation. They teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.

Postsecondary Teachers

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They may also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

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