• Welcome!

  • The Office of the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at the Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver is pleased to offer a variety of paths toward gifted education graduate degrees and educator endorsements.

    We also host an annual Gifted Education Policy Symposium and Conference



    Certificate in Gifted Education


    Degree Programs 

    • Gifted Education Specialization - Apply Today!
      • Our next EdD Cohort of Curriculum and Instruction, Specializing in Gifted Education begins Summer 2023!
        • Start with 2 weeks of synchronous, face-to-face (typically on-campus) courses in June 2023.
        • Participate in virtual, online courses during Fall, Winter, and Spring courses, with both synchronous and asynchronous class sessions. 
        • Earn an Education Doctorate of Curriculum & Instruction, specializing in Gifted Education. 
        • Most students complete this within three years and are simultaneously full-time working professionals and full-time doctoral students. 
      • DU's Teacher Education Program with Gifted Education Cognate
        • Complete coursework for your  teaching licensure and complete the gifted education cognate to earn your gifted core endorsement. 
        • Earn a dual undergraduate-graduate degree, or your MA degree. 
      • Complete coursework for a Gifted Ed core, specialist, or director educator licensure endorsement through the Colorado Department of Education through Curriculum & Instruction's, Certificate, Teacher Education Program, MA, EdD, or PhD programs.
      • Acronyms. In our structure, we are the University of Denver (DU), Morgridge College of Education (MCE), Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences (TLS), Curriculum & Instruction program (C&I / CUI), specialization in Gifted Education (GE). 
    • Twice-Exceptional Specialization (18 credits)
      • Complete our new Curriculum & Instruction specialization in Twice-Exceptional learners! Email idge@du.edu for more information. 
      • CUI 4401 - Psychological Aspects of the Gifted
      • CUI 4403 - Instructional Strategies for Gifted Learners
      • CUI 4404 - Twice-Exceptional Students
      • CFSP 4305/CFSP 4338/TEP 4010 - Coursework in Exceptionalities in Education / Disabilities
      • CFSP 4302 - Special Education and Gifted Education Law
      • CUI 4405 - Gifted Education Practicum
    • View all of MCE's Curriculum and Instruction specializations






    • EdD Doctoral Research Projects (2017-2020)
      • Starting in 2020, EdD Dissertations-In-Practice will start to become available through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. 


    Jacob K. Javits Grant

    • 2020-2025 I-REECCH
      • Impacting Rural Education through Expanding Culturally responsive curriculum, Computer science training, and Higher order thinking skills (I-REECCH) is a five-year grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Jacob K. Javits program.
      • Principal Investigator, Dr. Norma Hafenstein, Morgridge College of Education
      • Co-PI: Dr. Kristina Hesbol, Morgridge College of Education
      • Post-Doc Fellow and Project Manager: Dr. Lindsey Reinert
      • Evaluation Team: Dr. Robert Reichardt, Dale DeCesare, and Brianna McGagin, APA Consulting
      • Graduate Assistants: Joi Lin, MS and Fayaz Amiri, MA


  • Contact Us

    Office of the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education




    Morgridge College of Education

    1999 E Evans Ave

    Denver, CO 80210


    University of Denver


This portfolio last updated: 24-Oct-2022 3:30 PM