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Ricks Center for Gifted Children

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University Relationship

Ricks Center for Gifted Children is an integral part of the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver, which is ranked among the top 100 universities in the United States.  The University provides faculty consultants, fundraising support, technology services, mentorships, and classroom opportunities for Ricks Center students.  Moreover, opportunities to collaborate with other leaders in education are ever-present.

University Relationship

The University of Denver and Ricks Center for Gifted Children's relationship is unique.  While other elementary schools may have a partnership with a university that allows teachers in training to work with students in the classroom, none have the depth of connection Ricks Center and DU share.  The students at Ricks Center for Gifted Children are University of Denver students: they have access to the Anderson Academic Commons and athletic facilities, they can take classes on campus, they interact with University faculty members from many colleges, and they use the grounds for outdoor classes.


The Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver offers accredited education degrees that prepare educational leaders to make a difference in the world. The College is committed to preparing educators who think creatively and lead effectively. As part of the Morgridge College of Education, The Institute for the Development of Gifted Education promotes gifted education.  The Institute is unique, with programs rooted in each of the four foundational elements of gifted education: school, curriculum development, outreach, and research. Ricks Center for Gifted Children provides a model for gifted education.  The Institute, housed in the College's new state-of-the-art facility, offers training in gifted education, develops curriculum for gifted children, conducts research in the gifted field, and publishes professional monographs. Institute staff host an annual conference on issues related to gifted education and present at conferences nationally and internationally.

The Morgridge College of Education (MCE) Curriculum and Instruction program with a specialization in Gifted Education has received approval from the Colorado Department of Education to offer coursework leading to Endorsement in the areas of Gifted Education Core, Gifted Education Specialist, and Gifted Education Director.  To read the full story,  or to learn more about their Gifted Education Specialization click here.

To read the 2018 Morgridge College of Education Dean's Report, click here.