Curriculum and Instruction, MEd Concentration in ASTL: Gifted Child Education
Gifted learners, like all students, need learning experiences that are organized by key concepts and principles rather than by facts. They need content relevant to their lives, activities requiring them to process important ideas at a high level, and products that cause them to grapple with meaningful problems and pose defensible solutions.
The Gifted Child Education concentration provides advanced professional development through endorsement or master's degree for teachers of gifted students. The concentration meets NAGC/CEC graduate standards and focuses on culturally diverse, multilingual, twice exceptional, and traditionally defined gifted students and programs.
The ASTL concentrations are for teachers and other educators with one or more years of teaching or education-related experience who want to continue to grow professionally. The program offers advanced study in a specific concentration area, including Virginia's Standards of Learning content areas, cohort classes, an innovative schedule, and the use of technology. The courses, aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, help teachers think and practice as board-certified teachers. The program develops teacher-leaders who practice reflection through action-research, problem-based learning, and self-inquiry, and teacher expertise in a concentration that will identify the teacher as a potential leader in that area.
The program provides two options to experienced teachers and other educators. Educators with or without a master's degree may apply for the full master's degree program, which includes core and emphases, or an 18- to 21-credit graduate certificate program or advanced study in a particular area.
Core Courses (12 credits)
- EDUC 606: Education and Culture (3 credits)
- EDUC 612: Inquiry into Practice (2 credits)
- EDUC 613: How Students Learn (3 credits)
- EDUC 614: Designing and Assessing Teaching and Learning (2 credits)
- EDUC 615: Educational Change (2 credits)
Concentration Courses (21 credits)
- EDCI 621: Introduction to Gifted and Talented Learners (3 credits) *
- EDCI 622: Curriculum Differentiation for Diverse Learners (3 credits) *
- EDCI 623: Models and Strategies for Teaching Gifted Learners (3 credits) *
- EDCI 624: Assessment, Identification, and Evaluation of Gifted Learners (3 credits) *
- EDCI 625: Contemporary Issues and Trends in Gifted Education (3 credits)
- EDCI 626: Action Research in Gifted Education (3 credits)
- EDCI 627: Advanced Practicum in Gifted Education (3 credits)
- One year of successful full-time teaching in an accredited public or non-public school may be accepted in lieu of the EDCI 627 practicum (VA Licensure Regulations for School Personnel, 1998). A 3-credit elective course must be chosen with advisor approval to meet the 21-credit requirement.
- *EDCI 621-624 are the four courses required for VA GCE endorsement.
- Students must earn a B- or higher in all coursework.