Master of Science in Pedagogical Sciences - Specialisation in Gifted Education

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¿Qué aprenderé?

The Master’s programme in Pedagogical Sciences has two English and six Dutch specialisations, each aimed at a certain development domain. Your programme will consist of a few general subjects and two courses that are specifically geared to your specialisation of choice. Coaching is an important part of the programme. The coaching skills you learn can be used in a profession where the role of remedial educationalists is becoming more and more important.

This Master's specialisation looks beyond the accepted views and protocols on giftedness. Giftedness is more than IQ. Physical, musical, social and creative abilities are also involved.


Diversities in Youth Care is a specialisation of the Master's programme in Pedagogical Sciences. The other specialisations are:

Diversities in Youth Care
Angst- en Stemmingsstoornissen (Dutch)
Beperkingen en Handicaps (Dutch)
Forensische Pedagogiek (Dutch)
Pedagogische Ethiek (Dutch)
Risicogedrag (Dutch)
Speciale leerbehoeften (Dutch)

What will you learn?

In this specialisation you will study how personal characteristics – like motivation and performance anxiety – abilities, and surroundings influence each other. You will learn how to identify the needs of a gifted pupil. You will test your gut feeling with research results. You will be critical of both your field and your own talents and talent development. You will investigate the conflict between stimulating talent and being fearful of doing so.

Career prospects

Master’s specialisation in Gifted Education

Fitting educational programmes is the new standard: there are less special needs programmes and mainstream schools must accommodate students with learning disabilities themselves. This also includes gifted pupils. This means that schools are judged on what they do with these kids. Schools need help from experts. Upon completion of your studies, you will be that expert!

Awareness is growing that we need to deal with giftedness differently. Smart children will not simply make it on their own. They need special support. Just as remedial educationalists are needed for dyslexic children, they are also needed for gifted children, to make sure these pupils get the help and support they need in the classroom. And to make sure that their talents aren’t wasted.

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Opciones de estudio

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Costos de estudio
€16.500,00 (US$ 17.429) por año
Fecha de inicio

Esperado Septiembre 2024


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

A completed Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline (in the latter case, students must have acquired at least 60 EC in Philosophical disciplines). The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in Philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Bachelor's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10). A TOEFL iBT or 100 overall, with subscores of 22; An IELTS score of 7.0, with subscores of 6.5; A Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency, with marks of C or higher.

Para estudiantes internacionales

In order to get direct admission to this Master's you will need knowledge of relevant domains in the field of Pedagogical Sciences (16 ECTS or more). You have completed courses on subjects like:

(Special) education and learning
Developmental psychology
Youth care
Ethics and philosophy

Proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to be proficient in both written and spoken English. Students without a Bachelor's degree wherein the language of instruction was English, need to have obtained one of the following certificates before the enrolment deadline (you will not be needing these certificates when you apply at Radboud University):

TOEFL iBT: ≥ 90, subscores ≥ 22
IELTS Academic: ≥ 6.5 overall, subscores ≥ 6.0, writing subscore ≥ 6.5
Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency: C or higher

Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).


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