Course of Study
Students must earn 32 credits and complete a culminating project to earn the M.A. in the Education of Gifted Students. The course of study consists of courses in the following areas:
The Nature of Giftedness
Courses in this area focus on the nature of giftedness and intelligence and include an advanced seminar that deals with topical issues in gifted education. There are three required courses and one elective course dealing with the education of young gifted students.
Teaching Gifted Students
Three required courses focus on pedagogical issues in gifted education, including curriculum differentiation, instructional models, and program planning.
Out of-program Courses
Depending on how many credits a student accrues in the previous two areas, students take 9 to 16 credits of coursework in programs outside the Program in the Education of Gifted Students. These courses are chosen in consultation with the academic advisor with the goal of addressing gaps in the student’s professional education and constituting a coherent course of study.
The Culminating Project
PROFESSIONAL-CERTIFICATION PROGRAM IN THE EDUCATION OF GIFTED STUDENTS
The Nature of Giftedness (6 -12 credits)
C&T 4021 Nature and Needs of Gifted Students (2-3)
C&T 4026 Giftedness and Intelligence: Theoretical Approaches (2-3)
C&T 5506 Advanced Seminar: Giftedness (3)
C&T 4025 Nurturing Talents & Gifts during the Early Childhood Years (2-3)
Teaching Gifted Students (6 - 9 credits)
C&T 4023 Differentiated Curriculum for Gifted Students (2-3)
C&T 4022 Instructional Models in the Education of Gifted Students (1-3)
C&T 4024 Planning and Implementing Programs for Gifted Students (3)
Out-Of-Program Requirements (8 - 17 credits)
Additional courses to be determined in consultation with your advisor.
Field Placement (3 credits)
C&T 4702 Observation and Student Teaching: Gifted (3)
C&T 5302 Advanced Practicum: Gifted (3)
Culminating Project (0 credits)
Completion of the Professional-development Portfolio.
Your culminating project for the M.A. in Gifted Education for in-service students will consist of a professional-development portfolio. This portfolio will document your professional growth as an educator over a period of time of your choosing but which must include the period in which you are a student at Teachers College. You will be responsible for designing, compiling, managing, and submitting the portfolio to me as a requirement for graduation. To complete the project, you must do the following:
1. Review the literature on professional-development portfolios. Based on your review, write a short (3-4 pages) paper discussing the rationale and implementation of such portfolios.
2. Design your own portfolio and submit the plan to me.
3. Maintain your portfolio. It could contain a number of things, including, but not limited to:
- Lesson Plans
4. There must be a separate section devoted to your Advanced Practicum (C&T 5302). Describe your practicum and discuss how it has affected your teaching or your plans for your teaching.
5. The last item in your portfolio should be a reflective paper (5-6 pages at most) that summarizes, analyzes, and reflects upon your professional development. It should also address the issue of how you plan to be a life-long learner as an educational professional.
If you have any questions about this requirement, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James H. Borland, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
Coordinator, Programs in Gifted Education