M.Ed Gifted Education (Plus Certificate and Endorsement)

M.Ed Gifted Education (Plus Certificate and Endorsement)

About the Master's in Gifted Education

The Master of Education degree in gifted education is designed to provide the specialized knowledge needed by teachers and other educational personnel who work with gifted and able students (K-12). The M.Ed. in Gifted Education, Graduate Certificate, and Gifted Endorsement are provided online in an asynchronous format designed to meet the needs of busy education professionals. The curriculum is appropriate for teachers whether they provide instruction in special programs for the gifted or teach in inclusive settings. The M. Ed. Degree in gifted education does not confer teacher certification. The Department of Early, Middle, and Exceptional Education is responsible for the gifted education program although the program itself is multi-disciplinary.

Admissions

Admission to the program is open to those applicants who possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university. Applicants must submit supporting documents as required for general admission to a graduate program. Applicants must possess Instructional I Certification in Pennsylvania or another state. Applicants must have earned a 2.75 or better undergraduate cumulative average. The General Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required if your cumulative GPA is lower than a 3.0.  

Degree Candidacy 
An evaluation of the student’s performance in course work will determine admission to degree candidacy. A student must initiate the degree candidacy review after the completion of no fewer than 15 and no more than 24 s.h.

For more information about graduate admission, visit the College of Graduate Studies and Adult Learning

GFED Course Offerings (Subject to Change):

Spring 2018: GFED 674 (course runs 3/19/18-5/12/18) JUST OPENED!; GFED 675; GFED 690 (prerequisites: GFED 674 & GFED 675)

Summer II 2018: GFED 676

Fall 2018: GFED 670 (1st half of the semester); GFED 674 (2nd half of the semester); GFED 690 (prerequisites: GFED 674 & GFED 675)

Spring 2019: GFED 675; GFED 690 (prerequisites: GFED 674 & GFED 675)

*GFED 690 Clinical Practicum Description:

The Practicum is comprised of two parts: Teaching Practicum and Evaluation Practicum. You can take both at the same time (6 credits) or split them into two semesters (3 credits each). Both involve working in your own school/classroom, so you do not need to spend time in another district/placement.

Master's in Gifted Education Curriculum

For course descriptions, see the Graduate Catalog.

I. Professional Core Requirements (9 s.h.)
     EDFN 601 Methods of Research (3)

     Choose One:
       PSYC 525 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)
       PSYC 526 Advanced Adolescent Psychology (3)
       EDFN 545 Advanced Educational Psychology (3) 
       PSYC 625 Human Growth and Development (3)

     Choose One:
       EDFN 511 Comparative Education (3)
       EDFN 590 Social Foundations of Education (3)
       EDFN 603 Philosophy of Education (3)
       EDFN 604 Education and Public Policy (3)

II. Required Courses (18 s.h.)
     GFED 670 Psychology of the Gifted (3)
     GFED 674 Programming for the Gifted (3)
     GFED 675 Evaluating Instructional Effectiveness:Application for the Gifted (3)
     GFED 676 Teaching Gifted Learners: Instructional Strategies or 686, 687 or 688 Topics in Gifted Education (offered periodically) (3)
     GFED 690 Clinical Practicum (6)

III. Area of Specialization (9 s.h.)
The student, with the approval of an adviser, must complete a minimum of 9 s.h. in an area of specialization. Specializations could include, but are not limited to: Early Childhood Education, Language and Literacy, English as a Second Language, English, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Leadership, Mathematics, Middle Level Education, Online Instruction, Sciences, STEM, Social Sciences, Psychology, Special Education, Technology Education.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Gifted Education

The certificate program can be completed in four semesters, with offerings year-round (fall, spring and summer). The completed certificate (18 s.h.) can be applied in its entirety towards the requirements for the Master of Education degree in Gifted Education.

Admissions

Admission to the certificate program in gifted education or the Master of Education degree in gifted education requires applicants to hold an Instructional I Teaching Certificate. 

Certificate Curriculum

Required Courses (18 s.h.)
     GFED 670: Psychology of the Gifted (3)
     GFED 674: Programming for the Gifted (3)
     GFED 675: Evaluating Instructional Effectiveness: Application for the Gifted (3)
     GFED 676: Teaching Gifted Learners: Instructional Strategies (3)
     GFED 690: Clinical Practicum (6)

Endorsement in Gifted Education

The fundamental goal of the PDE-approved gifted education endorsement is to prepare teachers who will be effective in helping gifted students achieve social, emotional, and academic success in the school setting. This fully online program is intended to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to work with students, families, and the community to provide a continuum of services and a nurturing learning environment for a diverse range of gifted learners. The endorsement can be completed in three semesters, with offerings year-round (fall, spring, and summer).

Admissions

The four courses required to earn the endorsement are the same as the first four courses for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Gifted Education. Therefore, students who are interested in applying to the gifted endorsement program should apply for the Certificate program using the online graduate application. Students who complete the endorsement coursework can then decide if they would like to continue on and complete the Certificate.

Endorsement in Gifted Education Curriculum

Required Courses (12 s.h.)
      GFED 670: Psychology of the Gifted (3)
      GFED 674: Programming for the Gifted (3)
      GFED 675: Evaluating Instructional Effectiveness: Applications for the Gifted (3)
      GFED 676: Teaching Gifted Learners: Instructional Strategies (3)