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Master of arts and/or 
certification in special education

Course Descriptions: Gifted Education

The Gifted Education Program consists of required courses in the following areas:

  • Core Courses
  • Specialization Courses
  • Courses for Degree Only

Core Courses

SPED 500
Educational/Legal Foundations: Special Education
Federal and state laws and regulations as well as major court cases impacting the field of special education and their implications for practice.

SPED 601
Academic Interventions for Special Needs
Organization and adaptation of effective teaching methods to meet individual learning needs and promote academic achievement.

SPED 603
Classroom Behavior Management for Special Needs
Evidence-based strategies for classroom and behavior management for individuals and groups.

SPED 609
Technology Applications for Special Needs
Instructional technology for learning activities to teach 21st century skills.

SPED 663
Collaborative-Consultative Inclusion Strategies
Skills and strategies for collaboration and/or consultation within an inclusive school environment.

Specialization Courses

SPED 670
Introduction to Gifted Education
Characteristics of gifted and talented individuals; psychosocial development; educational implications and service delivery models.

SPED 672
Teaching Strategies for Gifted Education
Differentiated instruction for gifted and talented individuals in content, process and product in academic content areas and other curriculum domains.

SPED 674
Support for Special Populations in Gifted Education
Emotional and social needs of gifted and talented individuals; strategies to foster emotional and social development; impact of cultural diversity and diversity.

SPED 676
Critical Thinking/Creativity in Gifted Education
Design lesson plans and instructional activities to teach reasoning, problem solving, decision making, brainstorming, and creative problem solving to gifted and talented individuals.

SPED 679
Culminating Practicum: Gifted Education
Clinical experience with children or adolescents with gifts and talents in elementary or secondary public school settings.

Courses for Degree Only

SPED 675 
Research to Practice
Identification of special education issues and action research strategies for investigating issues in educational practice.

SPED 680 
Culminating Project
Completion of master’s program projects in applied research, curriculum development, or program design.