Differentiated Instruction: Gifted Education

Program Overview

The Master of Arts degree in Differentiated Instruction: Gifted Education is a strand of the MA Differentiated Instruction degree. It is designed for educators with two to ten years of experience who are interested in developing an understanding of and developing programs for gifted and talented students. These educators are those invested in becoming experts in meeting the needs of all learners through the lens of gifted education. This program prepares educators to serve as teacher leaders in planning and implementing programs that address the specific needs of gifted and talented students.

Program Highlights & Benefits:

  • 2 years or less completion time
  • Summer & holiday breaks
  • One course completed every 8 weeks
  • Classes meet in an online format and on campus

Program Objectives

  • Students will learn to think critically and analytically about gifted education and the role gifted programs play in the development of students identified as gifted and talented
  • To develop curriculum and utilize instructional strategies that are differentiated and meet the learning needs of all students.
  • To provide leadership in schools with gifted programs through program development and coaching.
  • To promote an understanding of gifted learners and gifted education that leads to effective programming that includes: technology, social and emotional learning, differentiated instructional practices, and appropriate learning environments

Areas of Study

Course Title Hours
EDI 6010 Differentiation and Learning Theory 3
EDI 6020 Curriculum and Instruction Development for Differentiated Classrooms 3
EDI 6030 Instructional Methods of the Differentiated Classroom 3
EDU 6035 Assessment of Student Learning 3
EDU 6710 Giftedness, Research, and Policy 3
EDU 6720 Identification, Assessment, and Evaluation of Instructional Models for Gifted Learners 3
EDU 6730 Technology in Gifted Education 3
EDU 6760 Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted Learner 3
EDU 6040 Seminar in Differentiated Instruction (Master’s Capstone Experience) 3
  Total Credit Hours: 30

Master's Capstone Experience:

Seminar in Differentiated Instruction will serve as the capstone course. Candidates will design and implement a leadership project. The project will allow candidates to demonstrate their proficiency, knowledge and skills in designing and evaluating an initiative that promote effective differentiated instruction and gifted education practices.

NOTE: This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.