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Ph.D. - Gifted Education Administration

Gifted and talented students have unique needs and challenges that can only be met by trained leaders who know how best to plan for those needs and challenges. W&M's Gifted Education Administration doctoral program will prepare you for the responsibility of heading gifted and talented education programs across the country. This program prepares scholars for service as college and university professors, educational administrators, government or foundation officers, program evaluators or independent researchers and practitioners.


The doctoral concentration in Gifted Education Administration is designed for educators with master's degrees who wish to prepare themselves with the knowledge and skills required to assume leadership roles in gifted education at local, state, and national levels. 


The doctoral program supports highly qualified and diverse students by providing a comprehensive preparation program that will ensure proficiency in those competencies essential for collaborative planning, implementation and evaluation of programs for students with special talents. Doctoral students in the Gifted Education Administration program complete a 69 semester course hour program.

Prior to starting their dissertation, students will be required to take classes in four main areas: 

  • core leadership component
  • research component
  • concentration component including required curriculum courses
  • cognate component designed in conjunction with the student's advisor. 

Graduates of the program should develop scholarship to conduct original research and to interpret and communicate the results of such research to various constituencies in education and other human services. 

See the Ph.D. EPPL - Gifted Education Administration Program Studies for more details.

Gifted Education Administration Program Contact
[[tlcross, Tracy Cross]]
Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education and Director, Center for Gifted Education

(757) 221-2347