Immaculata's Gifted Education Endorsement is designed to increase the level of knowledge, expertise and understanding of teachers working with students who are gifted. Through coursework and field experiences, you will gain the knowledge needed to support students’ growth in their areas of academic strength. All courses and field experiences will be grounded in theories of cognitive, social and emotional development and will demonstrate research-based practices.
This endorsement will raise your awareness of the unique characteristics, emotional/social needs, and other challenges and issues associated with gifted students. The program will increase your understanding of historical, state, and national trends, policies and guidelines to ensure implementation of appropriate academic curriculum, differentiation strategies, current best practices, educational interventions and support for this diverse population.
The endorsement will prepare you to provide individualized strategies, curriculum, and research-based practices for gifted students in order to achieve social and learning success in the school setting. You will learn to collaborate with all stakeholders, other teachers, families, and students, to increase academic achievement of gifted students by providing a continuum of support. You will become competent in:
Communicating essential information regarding the nature of giftedness
Effectively delivering gifted services to both faculty and families
Advocating for gifted students, academically and socially
Acting as a resource to your fellow educators
Using multiple forms of data to develop various gifted interventions and accommodations