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The Master of Education in Instruction: Gifted and Talented degree program is designed for educators interested in teaching and/or developing programs for gifted and talented students. Candidates study research-based practices to acquire the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to enhance student learning and to ensure their effectiveness as teachers and leaders in the field of gifted and talented education. The program addresses research-based practices related to curriculum development, promoting cognitive, social, and emotional development, and encouraging creativity, and innovative and critical thinking. Candidates are able to enhance their practice during a practicum with highly able learners.
The standards and program competencies adopted for the Master of Education in Instruction: Gifted and Talented degree program are the National Gifted Education Standards issued by the National Association for Gifted Children, Council for Exceptional Children, and The Association for the Gifted (2008). The M.Ed. in Instruction: Gifted and Talented Learners degree program is designed to enable candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the following program competency standards:
Multiple assessments are used to determine candidate growth toward achievement of the knowledge and skills described in the Master of Education in Instruction: Gifted and Talented degree program competencies and the college-wide graduation competencies. Performance-based assessments are used to evaluate fieldwork, projects, assignments, and research papers. Goals, learning outcomes and activities, external assignments, and assessment strategies are linked directly to program and graduation competencies as stated on each course syllabus. Other assessment strategies may include observations of candidate performance in authentic settings and advising conferences. A standards-based presentation portfolio completed during the program will show the candidate's level of expertise in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and dispositions described by the National Association for Gifted Education Standards.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2012-2013 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2012 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.