Master's and Specialist Award

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) presents this awards to those who have demonstrated at least four of the following: teaching; writing; advocacy; curriculum development; community service in gifted education; juried presentations (local, state, or national); facilitating the social and emotional development of gifted and talented students; mentoring/tutoring of children and adolescents; publication of papers in juried and/or non-juried publications; participation in graduate student research colloquia; teacher inservice/parent workshop.

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Submission Procedure
The NAGC national office will make every effort to contact anyone with missing materials, provided the nomination packet arrives at least two weeks before the deadline.

  • A brief statement from the candidate, 300 words or less, that expresses his or her short- and long-term goals related to research and/or practice activity in gifted and talented education.
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member in gifted and talented education on why the nominee would be an appropriate recipient of the award.
  • One letter of recommendation from a professional who can speak to the candidate's professional experiences (such as a legislative aide, teacher, administrator, or publisher).
  • Vita and/or supporting documents for the nominee (membership in professional organization(s) in gifted child education; research; publications; presentations to professional groups; exemplary work with students and/or schools).

Selection Criteria

  • Viable candidates will have a proven record of at least four of the following:
  • Teaching
  • Writing
  • Advocacy
  • Curriculum development
  • Community service in gifted education
  • Juried presentations (local, state, or national)
  • Facilitating the social and emotional development of gifted and talented students
  • Mentoring/tutoring of children and adolescents
  • Publication of papers in juried and/or non-juried publications
  • Participation in graduate student research colloquia
  • Teacher in-service/parent workshop


  • An individual may receive this award once.
  • Nominees must be more than half-way through a graduate (non-doctoral) program on the education of gifted & talented students or have graduated within one year prior to to the NAGC Convention in November.
  • A maximum of one candidate and award can be given to one institution.

The recipient(s) of the award and the other applicants will be notified of the Awards Committee's decision in writing no later than August 31.