Instruction: Gifted and Talented
Master of Education
Candidates are expected to satisfactorily complete all requirements associated with the M.Ed. in Instruction: Gifted and Talented degree program. The 33-credit program consists of 15 credit hours of content-specific courses related to gifted and talented learners and 18 credit hours of teaching and learning courses. The program requires that candidates be working in an educational setting to complete the program competency assignments and practicum. The degree program is offered in multiple formats: traditional, hybrid, and online. There is a non-credit E-Folio course requirement.
Foundation Courses (18 credits)
MED 7704 Education for Equity and Social Justice
MED 7808 Assessment and Evaluation
MED 7809 Instructional Design
MED 7812 Culture and Learning Environments
MED 8804 Action Research (6 credit course offered in Fall and Spring semester)
Gifted and Talented Concentration Courses
MED 6102 E-Folio (0 credits)
MED 7802 Psychology of Gifted and Talented Learners
MED 7804 Curriculum Design and Instructional Strategies for G/T Learners
MED 7807 Creativity and Critical Thinking
MED 7996 Practicum: Gifted and Talented Learners
MSE 7400 The Gifted and Talented Child (pre-requisite for the MED Gifted and Talented courses)
Content and Performance Assessment Requirements
This is a state-approved degree program which contributes to eligibility for licensure and/or certification as an educator in Delaware public schools. As such, all candidates must meet the content and performance assessment requirements described in DE Administrative Code, Title 14, Regulation 290.
The regulation states, in part:
Content Assessment (This subparagraph shall take effect January 1, 2015)
“Where a content readiness exam is applicable and available in area, subject, or category of specialization sought, the Candidate shall achieve a passing score on an examination as established by the Professional Standards Board, in consultation with the Department and with concurrence of the State Board.”
Performance Assessment (This subparagraph shall take effect July 1, 2016)
“Where a performance assessment is applicable and available in an area appropriate to the Program in which a Candidate is enrolled, the Candidate shall achieve a passing score as a requirement to Exit the Program. The performance assessment may not be scored by any employees of the Educator Preparation Program or Unit, and shall be scored by Certified Reviewers.”
The instrument selected by Wilmington University as a required exit assessment for the M.Ed. in Instruction: Gifted and Talented is ETS Praxis II, Test Code #5358, Gifted Education. The minimum acceptable score is 157. The assessment is administered and scored by ETS. It is the candidate’s responsibility to have PRAXIS II scores sent to Wilmington University directly from ETS (Educational Testing Service).
Candidates must obtain passing scores this exam in order to be eligible for conferral of the M.Ed. in Instruction: Gifted and Talented Education.
Candidates must consult with program advisors and/or the program chair to obtain the most current information about this graduation requirement.
Qualification for Degree
To qualify for the Master of Education in Instruction: Gifted and Talented degree, a candidate must successfully complete a minimum of 33 credit hours with a GPA of at least a 3.0 average, complete a standards based presentation program portfolio, and earn a passing score (157) on the PRAXIS II, Test Code 5358, Gifted Education exit assessment. The standards-based presentation program portfolio shows the candidate's level of expertise in acquiring the knowledge and skills described by the National Gifted Education Standards. The degree program must be completed within five years.
Delaware Certification— Teacher of Students Who Are Gifted and Talented
Current Delaware Department of Education regulations (DE Title 14, §1572) permit individuals who hold an initial continuing, advanced license, or a Limited Standard, Standard or Professional Status Certificate issued by the Department prior to August 31, 2003, and who hold a Standard Certificate in a subject (content), grade level, or area, to apply for a State of Delaware Standard Certificate as a Teacher of Students Who Are Gifted and Talented after successfully completing five (5) Wilmington University College of Education courses: The Gifted and Talented Child (3 credits); Psychology of Gifted and Talented Learners (3 credits); Creativity and Critical Thinking (3 credits); Curriculum Design and Instructional Strategies for Gifted and Talented Learners (3 credits); and Practicum: Gifted and Talented Learners (3 credits), and earn a passing score (157) on the ETS Praxis II, Test Code 5358, Gifted Education.
However, certification requirements are subject to change by the Delaware Department of Education and the Professional Standards Board. The most recent information about those requirements can be accessed at the Delaware Department of Education/Professional Standards Board website.
Any changes in Delaware licensure and certification regulations could cause Wilmington University to make course and/or program adjustments in order to align with new or revised state requirements. Wilmington University reserves the right to change requirements to comply with any licensure/certification mandates of the Delaware Department of Education.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2016-2017 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2016 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.