Judith Herb College of Education

Gifted Child Education—Ph.D. Degree (CIGI)


In collaboration with the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, the following doctoral degree is available:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction: Gifted and Talented Education

The PhD is the rigorous preparation of educational researchers who have the knowledge and skills needed to design, conduct, and disseminate high-quality scholarship, and who have a strong foundation in one or more areas of specialization. Courses provide critical training in the intellectual pursuit of advanced knowledge. A Ph.D. degree prepares the graduate for academic and administrative positions in educational institutions and social service agencies.

Program Overview

I. Professional Seminars 9 hours
II. Research Tools 12 hours (min)

III. Interdisciplinary Area of Concentration  

30 hours (min)
IV. Dissertation 9 hours (min)


Admission Criteria

Individuals interested in doctoral study in the C&I program with specialization in areas of Gifted Education must meet the admission requirements described below. Application should be made to the College of Graduate Studies of the University of Toledo. The admission process begins with the submission of the following documents to the Graduate School.

  1. A complete Application for Graduate School Admission
  2. Copies of all official undergraduate/graduate transcripts, including credits and degrees earned.  The transcripts will be evaluated for the following information:
    • A professional (Masters’) degree granted by an accredited institution with prerequisite academic work that gives evidence that the applicant should be able to pursue effectively the doctoral-level work in the department in which specialization is desired is typical—however, exceptions are made in certain cases (see Dr. Schultz); and,
    • A minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA, using a 4.0 scale, on all previous graduate academic work (with a completed master's degree) or high academic distinction in undergraduate work.

3. Three (3) letters of reference, one from a faculty member who can attest to your academic skills, describing the applicant’s potential for successfully completing a doctoral program.

4. Although not required, GRE scores taken within the past 5 years enhance your candidacy. Generally, a GRE score at the 50th percentile or higher will enhance an applicant’s chance for admission (e.g., a minimum for 151 Verbal, 149 Quantitative, 3.5 Analytical Writing [revised scale 2011]).

5. A three to five page autobiographical sketch that describes why you wish to pursue the Ph.D. in Gifted Education. This sketch should also include information on previous educational experiences; professional accomplishments; immediate and future professional goals; a proposed time schedule for completing the degree; and, any other information that the applicant believes is relevant for admission into the desired program.

6. Evidence of research and writing ability. Such evidence may include a Master’s thesis; a written research report; one or more reprints of publications; a paper presented to a professional society; a proctored writing sample; or similar evidence of competence in this respect. If you have no prior evidence to submit, you will be asked to write a proctored paper before your application is considered for acceptance.

 7. Evidence of a minimum of two years of successful teaching or direct working experience with children (for an applicant who expects to continue working in teacher education). An applicant without teaching experience may be admitted to doctoral study in the absence of such experience upon the approval of the program in which applicant wishes to concentrate.


Additional Requirements for International Students

8. International students from non-English speaking countries must achieve satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

9. All International students are required to complete a Financial Statement (see Graduate School website for the form) and provide supporting documentation that they have adequate financial resources to support their graduate education.



Deadlines for submission of admission materials: Prospective students can apply any time during the year. However, application materials have to be submitted by March 1st for fall semester and by August 1st for spring semester.



[1] Admission to all doctoral programs is competitive and fulfillment of the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission.

The only Doctoral Degree Specializing in Gifted Child Education in Ohio!

Last Updated: 2/27/20