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NEAG Center for Gifted Education & Talent Development - University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)

The University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT is home to the Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, whose research studies focusing the needs of gifted and talented youth have received international attention for more than 40 years. Their programs and services include campus-based graduate programs in gifted education, as well as online programs. NEAG is home to the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT). In addition, two federally funded projects continue in reading (Schoolwide Enrichment Model-Reading) and mathematics (Project M3: Mentoring Mathematical Minds). The Neag Center offers summer professional learning experiences through Confratute (conference & institute) for educators and parents. The Mentor Connection, an inquiry-based research program for talented teens, offers rising juniors and seniors from across the country ongoing projects during a three-week residential experience.

The Center for Gifted Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) (AR)

The Center for Gifted Education provides programs and services to talented students and their families, teachers, and administrators. The goals of the Center are: To provide graduate education for individuals interested in teaching talented youth and in assuming leadership positions in the field of gifted education; to provide professional development programs and services to educators who serve talented youth; to engage in research and scholarly inquiry on talent development among high ability learners and their educators who serve them; to provide a learning laboratory for precollegiate learners and their educators; and to serve as a community resource for talented youth, their families, school districts, and state departments of education.

Printed Materials: Books

Gifted Program Evaluation: A Handbook for Administrators and Coordinators

This book is designed to assist administrators in designing, conducting, and reporting on an in-house evaluation of their gifted programs. Written with the busy administrator in mind, this handbook includes a step-by-step process for evaluating each of the main elements of gifted programs as well as reproducible worksheets, surveys and resources to facilitate a thorough evaluation grounded in best practices in gifted education.

Schools & Programs: College Affiliated

Arizona State University (ASU) - Master Degree Programs with a Track in Gifted Education (Phoenix, AZ)

Arizona State University offers a Master of Education in Elementary Education degree with a track in Gifted Education and a Master of Education in Secondary Education degree with a track in Gifted Education. Both programs require 33 credit hours and count toward the Arizona Department of Education’s Gifted Endorsement requirement. The resource link contains links to specific information on each respective program.

Ashland University - Masters in Talent Development (Ashland, OH)

Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio offers a Master's of Education in Talent Development as well as M.Eds. and license programs in other specialties. Ashland University's Graduate Studies in Education was established in response to the needs expressed by teachers and administrators of the area.

Azusa Pacific University's Online Gifted and Talented Education Masters Degree (APU)

Azusa Pacific University (APU) offers two masters degrees in gifted education. APU also offers an online certificate for those who want to earn G.A.T.E. competency without a master’s degree.

Brigham Young University (BYU) - CITES Gifted & Talented Endorsement (Provo, UT)

The BYU-Public School Partnership's Gifted and Talented Committee has developed a licensure program for teachers who want to teach Gifted and Talented classes in Utah. The program requires students to complete 16 semester hours of study and practica.

Center for Gifted Education and Teacher Enrichment at Whitworth College (Spokane, WA)

The Center for Gifted Education and Teacher Enrichment at Whitworth College is located in Spokane, Washington. The Center was established to offer graduate courses and to provide in-service, consultant aid and other practical resources. Explore our website and see what we have to offer -- from a Master of Arts in Teaching degree with an Emphasis in Gifted and Talented, to a full complement of classes for teachers of the gifted, to helpful information for parents and students.

Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA)

The Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary, a research and development center, was established in 1988. The Center provides services to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, parents, and students in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals. Located in Williamsburg, Virginia, the Center has established a national reputation for excellence in research, curriculum development, and service. Several major grants, including funding from the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, have provided significant support for the work of the Center.

Center for Gifted Studies and Talent Development - Ball State University (IN)

The Center for Gifted Studies and Talent Development, founded by Dr. Tracy L. Cross, is an organization that prepares educators to meet the academic needs of gifted students both in and outside of the regular classroom. The Center offers courses both on campus in the summer and statewide through the academic year over the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System (IHETS) for teachers interested in obtaining the Endorsement in Gifted and Talented Education, and by offering special workshops for educators.

Center for Rural Gifted Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, PA)

The Center for Rural Gifted Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is designed to support schools, families, and communities in rural areas in their education and guidance of high achieving/talented/gifted students.

Cleveland State University - Gifted Education Endorsement Program (OH)

This school offers an endorsement program for licensure as a gifted intervention specialist, as well as a Curriculum and Foundations Master's degree with an emphasis on gifted education that includes the license. Faculty in the Gifted and Talented Program have extensive experience teaching gifted and talented learners and directing programs for these students, in addition to having a broad understanding of the research that informs the field.

College of New Rochelle - Masters in Gifted Education (New Rochelle, NY)

The College of New Rochelle offers a Master of Science degree in Gifted Education. The Education of the Gifted Program is a graduate program designed to prepare teachers and leadership personnel who are interested in programming for exceptionally able children and youth. The program is based on the belief that persons who work with gifted and talented youngsters should themselves be committed to developing their own creative potential.

Curry School of Education - University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)

Gifted Education is an area of emphasis offered as part of the program in Educational Psychology. Master's and Doctoral degrees (both Ph.D. and Ed.D.) are available under the direction of nationally recognized faculty. Online courses in gifted education are also available through a collaboration between the Curry School of Education and CaseNEX.

Direct Continuing and Distance Education at the University of Missouri: Gifted Education Online Master’s Degree (Columbia, MO)

This online program was designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers who are seeking a master's degree and/or certification in gifted education, and who already have initial teacher certification.

Duke University (Durham, NC) - Academically and Intellectually Gifted Licensure Program (AIG)

Teachers of exceptionally bright students in the Durham Public Schools will receive special training through a new collaboration between the school system and Duke University’s Program in Education and Talent Identification Program (TIP).

Estrella Mountain Community College - Gifted Education Endorsement Program (Avondale, AZ)

The Estrella Mountain Community College's gifted education endorsement program is a six-course online program that gives teachers the ability to become endorsed. The Arizona Department of Education states that teachers whose main priority is educating gifted students must have gifted-education endorsement.

Georgetown College - Gifted & Talented Endorsement Program (Georgetown, KY)

Georgetown College's Endorsement Program in Gifted and Talented is designed to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills to work with gifted and talented students in P-12 classrooms, as well as to provide professional leadership in schools and school systems in effective and differentiated instruction for gifted and talented learners.

Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) - Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)

The Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) at Purdue University conducts research into the psychology of gifted and talented individuals and effective educational practices for high ability youth. Super Saturday and the GERI Summer Camps, GERI's youth talent development programs, provide challenging learning opportunities and a healthy social environment to a diverse population of high ability children and teens.

High Point University - Evening Degree Program (High Point, NC)

High Point University (HPU) trains teachers for the add-on license in Academically/Intellectual Gifted (AIG). The courses leading to licensure in gifted education are extremely beneficial to any educator who seeks to learn more about the nature of accelerated learners and the methodologies most appropriate for maximizing their potential.

Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies and Education (New York, NY)

This organization focuses on creating activities for exceptionally gifted and talented children, teachers and parents. The Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies and Education offers a 12-credit graduate program for teachers pursuing the New York State Gifted Certificate Extension. This is necessary for teachers in New York who wish to teach gifted programming.

Indiana University Bloomington - Gifted and Talented License Program (Bloomington, IN)

The School of Education at Indiana University in Bloomington offers a unique, integrated, 15-hour gifted and talented academic and art license program for K-12 teachers, administrators, graduate students, and counselors. Five courses are required during two summers and are applicable for an Indiana License in Gifted and Talented Education. Courses may be taken without enrollment in the license program.

Indiana University Southeast (IUS) - Gifted Studies in Education Program (New Albany, IN)

The School of Education at IUS offers Master of Science degrees in Education with majors in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Counseling. They also offer a substantial number of graduate-level courses applicable to license renewal, master's plus programs, or certification programs.

Johnson State College - Master of Arts in Gifted and Talented (Johnson, VT)

Johnson State College, located in Johnson, VT, offers a Master of Arts in Gifted Education. Strategies for accommodating special learning in a classroom setting is the main thrust of the program. It is affiliated with the National Research Center for Gifted Education in Connecticut and meets the standards for professional development set by the National Association for Gifted Children.

Liberty University - Programs in Gifted Education (Lynchburg, VA)

Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, offers distance learning for programs in Gifted Education include Master of Education, Education Specialist, and Doctorate of Education. Course work for the Masters programs are offered in multiple delivery formats, including on-campus and off-campus options. Each of the programs require a minimum number of hours in the residential formats.

Millersville University (Millersville, PA) - Masters in Gifted Education

MU now offers a Master of Education Degree in Gifted Education. The curriculum is appropriate for both teachers who provide instruction in special programs for the gifted and those who teach in a regular classroom where gifted children are mainstreamed. Courses for this program are held off-campus.

Minnesota State University - College of Education (Mankato, MN)

The College of Education at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota offers several options at the graduate level for professionals seeking to further their education. They include Educational Specialist, Master of Science and certificate programs in Gifted Education as well as a Master of Science program in Teaching and Learning for Optimal Talent Development.

Muskingum College (New Concord, OH)

Muskingum College offers a Masters In Education degree called Intervention Specialist: Gifted and Talented. This program specializes in ages 5-21, (47-49 credit hours). It is a licensure program designed for individuals with a valid elementary certificate or an early or middle childhood license.

Northeastern Illinois University - Master of Arts in Gifted Education (Chicago, IL)

Northeastern Illinois University offers a Master of Arts in Gifted Education from the Department of Special Education. The program can be useful for teachers, program coordinators, counselors and more. Students have the option of taking evening or summer courses.

Northwestern University's Advanced Teaching: The Gifted (Evanston, IL)

Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy now offers a gifted focus in its Advanced Teaching Program to help educators meet the unique needs of academically talented students.

Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR)

Pacific University, consistently recognized as one of America's best colleges by U.S.News and World Report, is a private liberal arts institution with professional programs in education and health professions. Located 25 miles west of Portland, the college occupies 55 acres in downtown Forest Grove. Pacific strives to provide an education of exceptional quality in liberal arts and sciences and selected professional programs, in preparing students for service to a changing community, nation and world.

Rutgers University - Gifted Education Certificate Program (New Brunswick, NJ)

A new graduate-level certificate in Gifted Education is available starting in the summer of 2010 at Rutgers University's New Brunswick, NJ campus to help K-12 teachers, counselors and administrators meet the academic needs of our brightest students in this difficult era of budget and program reductions. This five-course series is intended not just for gifted education specialists, but also for the regular classroom teacher who must differentiate curriculum and instruction for a wide range of ability levels in the same class.

Samford University - Gifted Certification Program (Birmingham, AL)

Samford University offers a Master of Science in Education with a Class A Certification in Gifted Education degree. This major is designed to prepare teachers to become gifted specialists (grades P-12). In addition, this major provides further preparation for general education teachers focusing on learning needs of gifted/high ability students.

Sierra Nevada College - Master's with Gifted Education (GTED) Concentration (Incline Village, Las Vegas & Reno, NV)

Sierra Nevada College offers graduate level gifted and talented classes for educators. These classes may also be used towards an Master's in Education with a concentration in Gifted & Talented degree.

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Gifted & Talented Graduate Program (Dallas, TX)

Southern Methodist University offers four courses (12 graduate credits). Successful graduates of the GT program are prepared to take the Gifted and Talented TExES (Texas Examination for Educator Standards); those who pass the exam earn GT certification.

Teachers College at Columbia University - Gifted Education (New York, NY)

The Professional-certification Program in the Education of Gifted Students in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, is designed for students who have graduated from an accredited teacher-education program and who hold an initial teaching certificate. Graduates of the program are recommended for the New York State certificate extension in Gifted Education and, by virtue of earning their M.A., qualify for New York State professional certification once they meet State experiential requirements.

Texas State University - Gifted and Talented Education (San Marcos, TX)

Individuals interested in obtaining the supplementary certificate in Gifted and Talented Education will need to pass the TExES in Gifted and Talented. Program faculty can provide course recommendations based upon individuals' prior coursework, teaching experience, and training.

University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education - Gifted Education Certification (Buffalo, NY)

The University at Buffalo's Graduate School of Education's Advanced Graduate Certificate program in gifted education is designed for teachers interested in developing the particular potential and addressing the specific needs of high ability students. The program coursework is offered completely online and is comprised of 15 credit hours.

University of Central Florida: Master degree program for gifted education (Orlando, FL)

This program option ensures that educators are prepared to provide accelerated academic opportunities for students with advanced educational needs, and offers a unique opportunity to earn a Gifted Education Certificate, which is an endorsement of the Florida Teaching Certificate. There are 5 courses, which educators can earn 15 credit hours towards a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. This program provides professional preparedness in accordance with the NCATE and the National Association for Gifted Children Standards for gifted education.

University of Connecticut Online Masters Degree (Storrs, CT)

The University of Connecticut offers a master's degree emphasizing gifted and talented education which can be taken online. Students choosing this online option will take eight online courses and attend two two-week summer courses called Confratute at the Storrs campus.

University of Denver - Certificate in Gifted Education (Denver, CO)

The certificate is designed to be completed in approximately two years. Teachers completing the program would receive a graduate certificate in gifted education from the Morgridge College of Education and be prepared to take the Gifted Education PLACE Exam, a requirement for the endorsement.

University of Georgia - Gifted, Creative, Talented Training on the Web (GCTWeb) (Athens, GA)

The Department of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology at The University of Georgia offers Gifted, Creative, Talented Training on the Web (GCTWeb), an endorsement program via WebCT on-line delivery. This distance learning program is intended for individuals who already have a teaching certificate in some area and want to add Gifted In-Field Endorsement.

University of Georgia - Gifted/Creative Education (GCE) Program (Athens, GA)

The mission of this program, located at the University of Georgia, is to advance knowledge about the attributes of giftedness and creativity within and across groups that may vary by age, culture, language and economics, and to promote the application of assessment principles, learning and developmental theories, teaching strategies, counseling strategies, and research methodology to the education of these gifted and creative individuals.

University of Mary Washington (UMW), (Fredericksburg, VA)

Through their Professional Development for Educators Department, UMW offers an edorsement in gifted and talented education through their "Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education" program. The certificate requires 12-18 credits of graduate coursework.

University of North Texas College of Education - Gifted Education (Denton, TX)

University of North Texas College of Education, Gifted Education offers online graduate courses and programs in gifted education. These courses lead to a Texas certification, a UNT certification, or a master's degree in gifted education.

University of Northern Colorado (UNC) - Center for the Education & Study of Gifted, Talented, Creative Learners (Greeley, CO)

The purpose of the Center is to support and promote all aspects of gifted and talented education, including three summer programs for children and youth. Graduate level programs are offered for teachers in all content and grade levels as well as education and support to parents. There is also a program to earn a Masters degree in Special Education with Gifted and Talented emphasis.

University of South Alabama - Online Masters in Gifted Education (Mobile, AL)

The University of South Alabama's Department of Special Education offers a Master of Education in Gifted and Talented over the internet. Gifted Education Courses at the University encompass the study of intellectual, creative, and emotional facets of children with high potential and provide recognized methods and approaches for meeting their unique needs. These programs are designed to provide contact with the professor, interaction with other students, and access to the University Library and other services.

University of South Florida College of Education - Masters in Gifted Education (Tampa, FL)

This program offers a 36-hour master's degree that features an individualized practicum in the student's district, a flexible program schedule, and a portfolio in lieu of comprehensive examinations. To help facilitate teachers' lifelong learning, courses in the Gifted Education program are offered exclusivley through the Internet. People living in Acedemic Common Market States may qualify for in-state-tuition.

University of Southern Maine - M.S. in Abilities and Disabilities Studies: Gifted and Talented concentration (Portland, ME)

The Masters of Science in Abilities and Disabilities Studies, Gifted and Talented concentration, requires 36 credit hours of coursework. Besides fulfilling course requirements, students must complete a professional portfolio to graduate. The purpose of the portfolio is to provide an opportunity for students to reflect upon the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the Abilities and Disabilities Studies.

University of St. Thomas - Gifted, Creative & Talented Education (St. Paul, MN)

The University of St. Thomas offers a Master of Arts degree in Gifted, Creative and Talented Education. Taught by nationally-renowned instructors, teachers are provided the opportunity to learn instructional design, curriculum development and appropriate teaching strategies related to gifted education. Graduates of the program become trained leaders.

University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and Stevens Point - Gifted and Talented Teacher License (WI)

A program offered jointly by UW-Whitewater and UW-Stevens Point aims to equip teachers with the skills they need to educate gifted and talented students by offering a license for gifted and talented teachers. The program consists of four three-credit classes offered mostly online. Future plans to expand the program include offering a gifted and talented program coordinator license. The universities plan to start incorporating the gifted and talented program curriculum into regular education programs to boost the knowledge and skills of new teachers.

Western Carolina University - Special Education Graduate Program (Cullowhee, NC)

The Western Carolina University Special Education Program offers three types of post-baccalaureate degrees and programs: two graduate degrees, the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), as well as an add-on Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) licensure program.

Wilmington College (New Castle, DE)

Wilmington College is a small, private college in Delaware. Many of the students are adults who are seeking to improve their competitiveness in the job market or are preparing for a career change. The school recently adopted a Master of Education program in Instruction with a focus on Gifted and Talented learners. Completion of the four Gifted and Talented Education Courses will allow an educator to be certified by the State of Delaware as a Teacher of Gifted and Talented Students.

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