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Master of Arts in Gifted Education

College of Education


Program Description

The Department of Special Education offers the Master of Arts in Gifted Education to address the needs of gifted and talented learners. This advanced degree is designed for candidates who are interested in advanced preparation supporting, teaching, and guiding gifted children and their families. Coursework includes a solid foundation in the nature of giftedness, identification of the gifted, program planning, gifted curriculum, differentiated educational strategies, and program evaluation.

Credit hours required: 30


Admission Requirements

Students must fulfill the requirements for admission to the Graduate College.

All applicants are required to have two letters of recommendation submitted in support of their applications. These letters should be addressed directly to the dean of the Graduate College. The recommendations should be made by persons who have had a supervisory relationship with the applicant in a teaching situation. For applicants with little or no prior teaching experience, letters will be accepted from student teaching supervisors or from professors of education who have observed the applicant’s potential as a teacher in the area of Special Education.


Degree Requirements
  1. Thirty-six (ECH-SPED) or forty-five (LBSI) approved graduate credit hours.
  2. Master’s degree project
  3. Practicum experiences in an approved special education setting
  4. Appropriate passage of state content area test before final Internship/Practicum.

Advisement
All students will be assigned an advisor. Students will plan their programs in consultation with their advisors. Prerequisite and required courses may be waived when competence can be demonstrated.

Course Requirements for Master of Arts in Gifted Education

Prerequisite Course Requirements for Master of Arts in Gifted Education: Students must have a current teaching certificate.

GIFT-450 Psychology of Individuals who are
                      Gifted and Talented..................................3 cr.
GIFT-451 Creativity........................................................3 cr.
GIFT-452 Education of Individuals who are
                      Gifted and Talented..................................3 cr.
GIFT-453 Seminar in Curriculum
                       and Materials for the Gifted.....................3 cr.
GIFT-455 Bibliography and Methodology in
                        Research in Gifted Education..................3 cr.
GIFT-456 Parenting and Advocacy for Individuals
                       who are Gifted and Talented....................3 cr.
GIFT-457 Research Seminar for the Gifted.....................3 cr.
GIFT-459 Field Demonstration in Gifted Education ........3 cr.
and four electives..........................................................12 cr.

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                                                                              Subtotal 36 cr.

Prerequisite Course Requirements for Master of Arts in Special Education (ECH SPED):
Students must have one of the following: a current teaching certificate with an Illinois Early Childhood 04 Type 10-LBSI or 03/09 Certification.