Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Get the details on how to apply to the Gifted & Creative Education (M.ED.) program.

Application Deadlines

Students are admitted into the Gifted and Creative Education (M.Ed.) in the fall, spring and summer terms. Applications are due by the following dates:     

  • August 1: Fall term
  • January 2: Spring term
  • May 1: Summer term

While applications are considered on a rolling basis, to ensure timely processing please submit your application and supporting materials as early as possible. We will consider applications submitted after these dates, but cannot guarantee they will be reviewed before the start of classes. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Gifted and Creative Education (M.Ed.) requires the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university **
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is required for full admission and 2.75 for conditional admission to the program. All GPA calculations are based on the last 60 units of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study
  • A current résumé to as well as all post-secondary transcripts
  • Experience/background in the field with children and families
  • Two professional narrative letters of recommendation
  • An admission essay discussing the applicant’s experiences working with children and families, and rationale for earning a master's degree related to professional goals and career aspirations
  • Completed Graduate Application

In addition, applicants are required to produce one or more of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree or graduate course work in education, child development, psychology, family studies or a related field OR
  • Teacher certification OR
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience in a classroom or related setting serving children from birth to age 18 OR
  • Undergraduate courses in the following areas: educational psychology or psychology of learning, child growth and development, curriculum and methods in education

Exceptional candidates who do not meet the specific experience/background criteria above may be considered for admission if they intend to work in settings with children from birth through age 18. In these instances, an interview with the program director is required. 

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in International Graduate Admissions.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

How to Apply 

  • Complete the Towson University online Graduate Application.
  • International graduate students may have additional admission and application requirements. See information about how to apply.