Gifted, Creative, and Talented Course Description

Core Curriculum

CI 7001: Educational Research for Masters Students (3 credits)

Students will explore the full range of educational research in current practice and develop an understanding of the role and limitations of research for informing educational practice. Students will select a topic of interest to them and conduct a literature review of this topic culminating in a final paper that demonstrates their knowledge of the literature, ability to read and synthesize research, and write according to standard protocols.

CI 7002: Curriculum and Instruction: Theories and Trends (3 credits)

This course is part of the CI masters core. The course focuses on how curriculum and curricular activities are developed and impacted by legislative, and socio-political forces. The class will investigate the interaction of curriculum implementation and models of instruction in respect to student learning as well as how that curriculum is shaped.

CI 7003: Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms (3 credits)

This course is a required course for middle childhood and secondary licensure. This course exposes students to the problems, issues, and experiences of students from under-represented groups based on race, ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, and sexual identity. Students will use their experiences in field placements as starting points for reflection.

CI 7004: The Role of Teachers in a Democratic Society (3 credits)

This class focuses on the historical, political, policy issues that are embedded in the development of classroom teaching and teachers in America. The course explores how teachers recreate social norms or are able to disrupt them leading to change. Participants will be expected to compare and reflect upon their own practices as teachers within our democratic society.

CI 7090: Master’s Project: Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)

This course involves writing a proposal and obtaining a master committee’s approval of that project proposal. The course also involves completing research and writing for the final master’s project.

Gifted Curriculum

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 (6 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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  • Is it possible to only take the coursework for the gifted curriculum online, and not for the master’s program? I already have a master’s degree. I am just looking to obtain a gifted endorsement.

  • Thomas Furio says:

    Hello Meredith – Yes. You can take just the Gifted, Creative, and Talented courses without having to earn a second master’s degree. You can take those courses as part of our certificate program or as individual, non-matriculating classes. When taken as part of the certificate program, you will be fully prepared to earn your Ohio Gifted endorsement. It is a one year program and includes 8 courses. If you live/teach outside of Ohio you can still earn our certificate but will want to check with your state to see if our program matches with your state’s endorsement (if they offer an endorsement). If you have any additional questions or wish to discuss your options please contact us at 800-226-0075 and one of our Enrollment Advisors will be able to assist you.

  • Nancy M. Ivey says:

    When will the next SPED 661 or SPED 662 begin? I have a pending job opportunity and getting my certification before Christmas is critical. I understand that you are the quarter system, and perhaps this is DO-able! Please let me know ASAP.

  • Machelle Lovin says:

    Hello Nancy – I believe you are referring to our SPED 661P and SPED 662P courses for the Gifted program. SPED 661P Creating Learning Environments for Children and Youth will begin in the Winter 2012 term while SPED 662P Instructional Strategies will start up in the Spring. Unfortunately, you would not be able to complete these courses by Christmas 2011. We would love to help and answer any further questions that you may have. Please contact one of our Enrollment Advisors at 800-226-0075.

  • Janice Day says:

    Would all of the courses have to be taken to obtain a master’s in gifted if I have a current gifted endorsement through U.C.?

  • Hello Janice, your transcripts will be evaluated by the department to determine what credits you can transfer in. For additional questions please call our admissions office at (800) 226-0075.