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Introduction 

The Department currently offers the Master of Arts in Gifted Education program to address the needs of advanced learners. This program is designed for educators/parents who are interested in advanced preparation supporting, teaching, and guiding gifted children and their families. A valid Illinois Professional Educator License is required for entry into the program.

Courses 

Fall I

GIFT 450  Psychology of Individuals Who are Gifted and Talented (3)

Spring I

SPED 500  Research I:  Critical Writing and Research in Special Education (3) 

Summer I

GIFT 454   Gifted Education Seminar: Teaching Gifted Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3) 
SPED 451   Creativity (3)

Fall II

GIFT 453  Seminar in Curriculum Methods and Materials for the Gifted
(Prerequisite:  GIFT 450 or Gifted Education Seminar)

Spring II

GIFT 452  Education of Individuals Who are Gifted and Talented (3)
(Prerequisite:  GIFT 453)

Summer II

Appropriate required coursework (below) or electives:
GIFT 454  Gifted Education Seminar: Teaching Gifted Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
GIFT 462  Identifying and Providing for Underserved Gifted Students (3)
(Prerequisite:  GIFT 450 or GIFT 454)

Fall III

GIFT 456  Parenting & Advocacy for Individuals Who are Gifted and Talented (3)

Spring III

GIFT 458   Meeting Gifted Students’ Social-Emotional Needs (3)
(Prerequisite:  GIFT 450 or Gifted Education Seminar)

Summer III

GIFT 459   Field Demonstration in Gifted Education (3)

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