Gifted, Creative, and Talented Graduate Certificate

Students are provided with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to enhance student learning, and to increase their effectiveness as teachers and leaders in the field of gifted and talented education. Translating theory into practice is a primary emphasis.

Upon completion of this certificate, individuals seeking licensure in Ohio are eligible to apply for the Gifted, Creative, and Talented endorsement. Out-of-state graduates will need to check with their state’s Department of Education to see if this program will meet the needs to fulfill the requirements for similar certificates/endorsements.

Curriculum

The online Gifted, Creative, and Talented certificate consists of 15 credit hours and can be completed in as little as 3 semesters/1 year. Each course is approximately 7-weeks long. Students typically take two courses per 14-week semester.

CI 6060: Overview of Teaching Children and Youth who are Gifted, Creative or Talented (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to teaching children and youth who are gifted, creative, or talented. This course provides an introduction to the historical foundations and issues related to the schooling, learning and instruction of students identified as having special educational needs. The focus of this course is the foundational knowledge related to problems and characteristics of students identified as gifted, creative or talented.

CI 6061: Creating Learning Environments for Children and Youth who are Gifted, Creative or Talented (3 credits)

This course addresses the issues of learning environments, classroom management, and classroom climate for students who are gifted, creative, or talented. Participants are also introduced to instructional strategies and materials to support students identified as gifted, creative, or talented.

CI 6062: Assessment of Children and Youth who are Gifted, Creative or Talented (3 credits)

This course addresses the nature and components of effective assessment of learners who are gifted, creative or talented. The candidate will be able to analyze and understand a variety of assessment tools, selecting the appropriate strategy for a designated purpose. In addition, various elements, such as the implications of effective assessment for professional development, and the role of bias and distortion in the assessment process will be discussed. After completing the course, the candidate will also be able to discuss contextual elements, such as cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity and disposition that influence assessment.

CI 6063: Collaboration on Behalf of Children and Youth who are Gifted, Creative or Talented (3 credits)

This course addresses issues of collaboration, a cornerstone of effective practice in the education of students who are gifted, creative, or talented. This course addresses concepts and methods vital to quality collaboration, consultation, and communication. This course addresses the interrelationships among cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity and giftedness and talent development. The primary purpose of this course, consistent with this mission, is to develop knowledge, understanding, and respect for the needs and requirements of students with diverse learning needs in varied educational settings. Critical to this purpose is an understanding the role of cultural and diversity in identifying children and youth with gifts and talents, as well as family and cultural issues.

CI 6064: Practicum (3 credits)

This practicum consists of an approved 75 hour field experience and an online seminar class. The field experience provides candidates an opportunity to practice the skills and demonstrate the appropriate dispositions for meeting the needs of students who are gifted, creative, or talented. Students apply theories and methods in the teaching of gifted, talented, or creative students in a classroom setting by engaging in teaching and action research activities. Teaching is self-evaluated by the student, and reviewed by the mentor and university instructor. The seminar will place emphasis on deriving instructional recommendations from online discussion of readings, self-reflections, and teaching and assessment activities for gifted, talented, or creative students conducted as part of their action research project. The methodology of instruction will provide direct opportunities for students to apply constructs learned to their field experience. Participants will also develop, use, and publish lesson plans. Discussion and reflection about gifted instructional practices will be accomplished through journal writing, contemporary readings on gifted assessment and instruction for students, PreK to Grade 12.

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