Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program Highlights & Benefits
Classes meet in an online format
2 year completion time, including holiday breaks
One course completed every 8 weeks
Transfer credits considered
The Master of Arts degree in Gifted Education with Endorsement is designed for educators with who are interested in developing an understanding of and developing programs for High Achieving, Gifted and Talented students. This program supports educators in becoming experts who can meet the needs of all learners through the lens of gifted education. It prepares educators to serve as teacher leaders in planning and implementing programs that address the specific needs of gifted and talented students. The Master’s in Gifted Education offers teachers the opportunity to complete 30 hours of coursework, of which 24 hours will lead to an endorsement. The MA degree requires two additional courses in addition to completing the endorsement requirements; these courses are a technology course and a seminar course.
Candidates who are admitted to this program will be able to:
- Think critically and analytically about gifted education and the role gifted programs play in the development of students identified as gifted and talented.
- Develop curriculum and utilize instructional strategies that are differentiated and meet the learning needs of all students.
- Provide leadership in schools with gifted programs through program development and coaching.
- Promote an understanding of gifted learners and gifted education that leads to effective programming that includes: identification, assessment, technology, social and emotional learning, differentiated instructional practices, and effective learning environments.
- Full admission acceptance into the Gifted Education Program
- Completion of the Gifted Education coursework
- Successful completion of the program practicum
- This program prepares candidates to take the IL state Gifted Teacher Examination, Gifted Education 312
- This program provides a Gifted Teacher endorsement that matches the grade level on the student’s existing Professional Educator’s License (PEL)
Areas of Study
|EDU 6710||Gifted Research: Issues, Policy and Research*||3|
|EDU 6720||Identification, Assessment, and Evaluation*||3|
|EDU 6730||Learning Environments for Gifted Education*||3|
|EDU 6760||Social & Emotional Needs of Gifted and Talented Learners*||3|
|EDU 6715||Curriculum Development for Gifted and Talented Learners*||3|
|EDU 6725||Differentiated Instruction for Gifted and Talented Learners*||3|
|EDU 6735||Assessing Gifted and Talented Students*||3|
|EDU 6745||Gifted & Talented Practicum (P-12)*||3|
|EDU 6740||Technology in Gifted Education||3|
|EDI 6041||Seminar in Gifted Education||3|
|Total Semester Hours:||30|
*Required courses for the Illinois Gifted Education Endorsement; Gifted Education Endorsement Only option available.
The practicum consists of an approved eight-week field experience in a P-12 setting that offers programs for gifted students. The field experience provides candidates opportunities to provide professional development, leadership, and to practice using instructional strategies and materials as well as model an appropriate mindset for meeting the needs to students who are gifted or talented.
Program and course requirements are subject to change to comply with university policy.