Master of Arts (M.A.)

Differentiated Instruction:

Gifted Education Master’s

In-Person or Online 30 major credits * 2 years

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Classes meet in an online format and on campus

2 year or less completion time, including holiday breaks

One course completed every 8 weeks

Transfer credits considered

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 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

EDI 6010Differentiation and Learning Theory3
EDI 6020Curriculum and Instruction Development for Differentiated Classrooms3
EDI 6030Instructional Methods of the Differentiated Classroom3
EDU 6035Assessment of Student Learning3
EDU 6710Giftedness, Research, and Policy3
EDU 6720Identification, Assessment, and Evaluation of Instructional Models for Gifted Learners3
EDU 6730Technology in Gifted Education3
EDU 6760Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted Learner3
EDU 6040Seminar 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.