Beginning in May 2017, Truman will be offering a fully online option for add-on certification in K-12 Gifted Education, culminating in an additional endorsement from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Coursework required for the completion of this certification include:
ED 605G – Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3 Credits)*
An examination of the educator’s rights and responsibilities in educating students with gifted and handicapped conditions; current philosophy and terminology in gifted and special education programs; and the programming implications of students from culturally diverse backgrounds.
*Course commonly completed as part of undergraduate or Master’s curriculum for initial certification.
ED 550/550G – Introduction to Gifted (3 Credits)
This course explores the nature and needs of gifted learners. Participants investigate concepts of intelligence and giftedness, methods used to identify gifted learners and issues related to special populations of gifted learners. Participants link the philosophy of gifted education, learner characteristics, understandings about intelligence, identification procedures, and curriculum into coherent and defensible services for gifted learners. Key issues in gifted education are addressed.
Prerequisite: ED 593 – Psychological Foundations of Education.
ED 650G – Identification of Gifted (3 Credits)
This course focuses on identifying students for gifted programs. Students learn about the processes and recommendations for identifying gifted students and study how culture, economics, and family roles impact identification. Students also become familiar with different identification tools and apply their knowledge of gifted learners to create an identification process for a school.
ED 651G – Curriculum for Gifted (3 Credits)
During this course, participants learn how to develop, implement, and evaluate effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment to improve learning for gifted students. We discuss gifted education theory, curriculum development theory, systems thinking, higher order thinking, questioning skills, creative thinking, technology use, differentiation, and assessment. In addition, we examine how curriculum design for gifted can impact curriculum for all students.
ED 652G – Meeting the Affected Needs of Gifted (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the affective needs of gifted students by exploring research and material relevant to the social and emotional components of giftedness. Topics include the following: the role(s) of the educator, motivational issues, relationships, perfectionism, common areas of psychological response, gifted children and youth with special needs, underachievement, and promising practices and interventions for meeting the affective needs of gifted children.
ED 653G – Programming, Planning, and Development: Administration and Supervision of Gifted Programs (3 Credits)
This course will focus on identifying different possible programming options for gifted learners including acceleration, enrichment, internships, mentoring, distance learning, etc. to enhance students’ learning while meeting their intellectual and affective needs. We will discuss possible resources for meeting gifted students’ needs and collaborate with others to create opportunities for diverse learners. You will examine your current system for gifted programming and create recommendations for improvement based upon best practices.
ED 632G – Research/Applied Educational Psychology (4 Credits)
Examines research methodologies, designs, collecting and analyzing data, and writing and presenting findings through completion of an action research project. The Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA) is required. This course is an optional replacement for ED 607G – Applied Educational Psychology and ED 681G – Research Study in Education.
* The Education Course Fee applies to this course.
ED 609G – Teaching Internship (3 Credits)
A minimum of a public school semester of full-time participation as a junior member of a school faculty under the guidance of mentor teachers, administrators, and University representatives. Extensive experience is provided in all facets of a teacher’s role. Seminars conducted by University personnel assist interns in assessing their experiences, in refining their performance, and in completing University coursework that includes field components. Students who complete a one-semester internship must enroll for a minimum of 8 credits of ED 609G. All students who complete a full year internship must enroll for a minimum of 8 credits of ED 609G each semester of the internship. The maximum number of credits allowed for a full-year internship is 17. Students who complete a practicum for an additional certification area must enroll for a minimum of 3 credits of ED 609G.
Prerequisites: Admission to MAE Program and fingerpring clearance, Substitute Teaching Certificate, liability insurance, T.B. test; Secondary/K-12 – ED 601G – Measurement and Evaluation, , ED 603G – Content Area Academic Literacy. See also the section “Advanced Content in the Teaching Specialty” for specific prerequisites according to the teaching area; Elementary – ED 601G – Measurement and Evaluation, , ED 621G – Psychology of Reading, ED 622G – Integrating the Language Arts.
Currently practicing education professionals (teachers or administrators) at the K-12 level are eligible to take these courses at the discounted rate of $210 per credit hour. An additional $30 online course fee applies to each online course taken. For the average 3 credit hour education course this amounts to a reduction of $420 per course for in-state students!
For information on regular graduate tuition for those not currently serving as K-12 teachers, click here.
ED 550G – Introduction to Gifted and Talented (3 credits)
with Professor Wendy Miner (May 30-June 30, 2017)
ED 605G – Psychology of Exceptional Children* (3 credits)
with Various Professors (May 30-June 30 and July 3-August 4, 2017)
ED 652G – Meeting Affective Needs of Gifted Children (3 credits)
with Professor Lori Pinkston (May 30-June 30, 2017)
ED 653G – Programming, Planning, and Development: Administration and Supervision of Gifted Programs (3 credits)
with Professor Jeanne Harding (July 3-August 4, 2017)
ED 650G – Identification of Gifted (3 credits)
with Professor Chris Maglio (July 3-August 4, 2017)
ED 651G – Curriculum for Gifted (3 credits)
with TBA (August 21-December 8)
Follow this link to the combined graduate application. Select the Non-Degree Seeking option under Program when prompted, and list the course you are pursuing where indicated. Letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and personal statements are not required for this application, but copies of your undergraduate transcript and/or MAE/MAT degree (if you received certification at the Master’s level) should be submitted. Scans, faxes, and email attachments are acceptable to start the enrollment process, but originals should be mailed during first course.
Direct enrollment questions to the Institute for Academic Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org or 660-785-5384.