You will complete 12 credits of course work and 40 hours of field experience work embedded in the courses, working in multiple roles within school settings.
EDL 670 Foundations of Gifted Education
This course will focus on learning the relevant history of gifted education, including the changing definitions, interventions, and cultural attitudes regarding gifted learners and their relationship to educational services. Specific emphasis will be on the underserved population, minorities, English language learners, twice exceptional students and socioeconomic disadvantaged. Students will learn key philosophies, theories, models and will examine state and federal documents, regulations and reports.
EDL 671 Identification and Assessment of Gifted Learners
In this course students recognize diverse characteristics and behaviors of gifted individuals, specifically understanding the similarities and differences between gifted students and the general population, the similarities and differences among gifted students and the different facets of giftedness, understanding the concept of asynchronous development and the impact of asynchronies on identification of gifted learners, recognize how identification as an English Language Learner, Twice Exceptional student, or an individual from a different culture or race may mask gifted traits.
EDL 672 Service Delivery Options for Gifted Learners
In this course the candidate will use current research on gifted education to develop instructional models and classroom services for gifted students. Candidates will utilize different organizational options that provide enrichment, acceleration, or a combination of both in a school setting for gifted students. Candidates will develop measureable, individualized comprehensive Gifted Education Plans based on identified academic strengths to be used in the general education classroom and in small group settings. Candidates will understand how to utilize on-going district data to align student ability to standards and differentiate instruction through service models that include modification of the content, process, product, and classroom environment. Candidates will learn how to utilize different student grouping options and understand how different cultures affect the manifestation of gifted abilities. Candidates will learn how to promote the intellectual leadership of students who are educationally, economically and culturally disenfranchised.
EDL 673 Curriculum Design and Strategies for Gifted Learners in the Classroom
In this course the candidate will design differentiated learning plans/curricula for gifted learners in a school setting that include tiered lessons/performance tasks, graphic organizers, curriculum compactions, and learning contracts that increase depth/complexity for tasks and promote higher levels of thinking. Candidates will use appropriate data from a variety of sources to inform instructional decision-making to meet the needs of individual students through enrichment, acceleration or a combination of both to document student progress. Candidates will select appropriate curriculum resources that support cultural, cognitive, and affective differences among gifted learners and integrate academic and career guidance experiences into the curriculum. Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of questioning techniques that facilitate higher-level learning and enhance critical and creative thinking. Candidates will understand and implement flexible grouping practices and design learning opportunities to foster the development of self-awareness, positive peer relationships, intercultural experiences, self-efficacy, lifelong learning, self-advocacy and leadership.