Secondary Education (Talent Development) (M.A./M.Ed.)

M.A./M.Ed. Secondary Education (Talent Development)

These master’s programs prepare students with skills, knowledge, and research for advanced teaching, mentoring, and leadership roles in schools and communities.

Program Overview

The M.A. and M.Ed. degree programs in Secondary Education with a concentration in Talent Development equip students with skills and conceptual knowledge for advanced teaching, mentoring, leadership roles in classrooms, educational systems, or communities. Students may choose one of two emphasis options: (a) fostering educator and student transformative learning, creativity, and talent, or (b) teaching and transforming advanced and gifted education. Graduates of these versatile degree programs are well-positioned for an array of job opportunities such as mentoring program leader; teacher of advanced, gifted, and honors classes; instructional coordinator; talent development coach; classroom teacher with enhanced creativity skills; and community-based education specialist. The programs also provide a foundation for doctoral studies in education. 

Course Work

Students may pursue the 30-credit M.A. (thesis option) or the 30-credit M.Ed. (non-thesis option). It is possible for students to complete either of the master’s programs online. 

In either emphasis option within the M.A. and the M.Ed. programs, students explore learning, creativity, talent development, research-informed practices, and the transformation of practices, possibilities, policies, and assumptions. Students critically consider big ideas while building useful skills for fostering flourishing and for meaningfully addressing the educational complexities of their current or future work and today’s educational issues. 

The course options and electives that are integrated into these degree programs offer valuable opportunities for additional depth or breadth according to students’ goals and interests. 

DegreeHours Thesis
30 hours
30 hours
Non-Thesis Option

What Our Alumni Say

“I was fortunate enough to discover Talent Development at Texas State while searching for a Master’s program that looked a little different from what I was finding at other universities. What the program offered me was far beyond what I had hoped for. My professors provided readings and projects that empowered me to free myself and think bigger than I ever had before.” 

Faith Kane, M.Ed. '18

Program Details

This degree program does not require teacher licensure or prior courses in specific areas for admission.

Program Mission

The Talent Development graduate program co-creates and shares knowledge related to creativity, talent, and transformation. The M.A. and M.Ed. programs prepare graduate students for equitably fostering flourishing and for advanced careers related to (a) fostering student and educator talent development, creativity, and transformative learning and (b) teaching and transforming advanced and gifted education. 

Career Options

Graduates are well-positioned for job opportunities such as mentoring program leader; teacher of advanced, gifted, and honors classes; instructional coordinator; classroom teacher with enhanced creativity skills; talent development coach; community-based education specialist; and undergraduate-level course instructor. These programs also provide a foundation for doctoral studies in education. 

Program Faculty

Faculty bring valuable and diverse experiences, perspectives, and expertise areas to their teaching. Faculty research interests include: transformative teaching and learning, creativity, educational equity, educational policy, philosophical issues in education, and gifted education conceptual frameworks and assumptions. 

Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more. If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following individuals.

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Susan Waite
Education Building (ED), Room 3016


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Application Deadlines

DeadlinesU.S. Citizen International
U.S. Citizen
February 1
February 1
U.S. Citizen
June 15 (Flexible)
June 1
U.S. Citizen
October 15 (Flexible)
October 1
Summer I
U.S. Citizen
April 15 (Flexible)
March 15
Summer II
U.S. Citizen
June 1 (Flexible)
No Admission

*This program’s deadline is flexible for those not requiring an F/J visa. A flexible deadline means applications received after the standard deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Admission Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

  • Review important information about the online application.

    • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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    • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
    • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
    • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses) 

    Effective Fall 2024

    • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university (Non-U.S. degrees must be equivalent to a four-year U.S. Bachelor’s degree. In most cases, three-year degrees are not considered. Visit our International FAQs for more information.)
    • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
    • a 2.75 overall GPA or a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • GRE

    • GRE not required

    Approved English Proficiency Exam Scores

    Applicants are required to submit an approved English proficiency exam score that meets the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

    • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
    • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
    • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
      • minimum individual module scores of 6.0
    • official Duolingo Scores required with a 110 overall
    • official TOEFL Essentials scores required with an 8.5 overall

    This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

    Review important information about official test scores.

    • Resume/CV, including contact information for two references who are familiar with your scholarly work and/or relevant work experience
    • Statement of purpose (one to two double-spaced pages) that includes your rationale for pursuing graduate study in this particular program

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