Master of Arts Degree
in Gifted Education (MAGE)
from the Department of Special Education
at Northeastern Illinois University
A more detailed description of the MAGE program at NEIU--along with links
to other resources in gifted education--can be found by clicking
Want to find out more about giftedness and how to recognize exceptional
talents and abilities?
Want to develop a solid foundation of up-to-date information, methods,
theory, and research related to the education of gifted and talented students?
Want to explore a wide variety of resources, curriculum materials, teaching
strategies, and organizational plans?
Want to be able to design, implement, and evaluate programs for gifted
and talented students?
Then...read on! These facts are for YOU!
WHO? Teachers, program coordinators, counselors, administrators, concerned
parents who are interested in providing appropriate educational programs
for gifted students are likely candidates.
WHAT? A Master of Arts in Gifted Education from the Department of Special
WHERE? Northeastern Illinois University, located on the northwest side
of Chicago near Foster and Pulaski.
WHEN? Convenient evening and summer courses allow you to pursue a degree
while managing other full-time commitments. These may be completed in one
year (full-time) or over several years (part-time).
Applicants must fulfill requirements for admission to the Graduate College.
Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have supervised you
in a teaching situation.
Students completing a masters of arts degree in gifted education must
complete the following:
Total Credit Hours 36 cr.
SPED 450. Psychology of Individuals Who are Gifted and Talented. 3 cr.
SPED 451. Creativity. 3 cr.
SPED 452. Education of Individuals Who are Gifted and Talented. 3 cr.
SPED 453. Seminar in Curriculum and Materials for the Gifted. 3 cr.
SPED 455. Bibliography and Methodology in Research in Gifted Education.
SPED 456. Parenting and Advocacy for Individuals Who are Gifted and Talented.
SPED 457. Research Seminar for the Gifted. 3 cr.
SPED 459. Field Demonstration in Gifted Education. 3 cr.
FOUR (4) electives. 12 cr.
A course in microcomputers is strongly recommended for those who have
no background in educational technology. You select your electives after
consulting with your advisor. You should focus in one area, for instance:
Administration and Support
Other Pertinent Information:
A concluding master's project or thesis is required.
Complete descriptions of courses are listed in the Northeastern Illinois
Some financial aid is available.
For Further Information, contact:
Edmund B. Hunt, Ph.D., Coordinator
773/ 794-2810 or
Ellen Fiedler, Ph.D.