The gifted and talented specialization focuses on issues relating to high-ability learners. It combines a thorough grounding in current theory and practice with a focus on practical applications.

You’ll learn which evaluations are most effective in identifying gifted and talented learners as well as techniques and strategies for helping to channel their potential. Courses in creative thinking, program development, and the social and emotional needs of the gifted are available. This specialization is an excellent foundation for careers across many settings and positions, such as resource consultant, gifted and talented specialist, administrator, program developer, researcher, and more.

A high-ability license, also offered entirely online, is available for those who already have an Indiana teaching license.

Gifted and Talented Specialization (12 credit hours)

Core Gifted and Talented Specialization (9 credit hours):

  • EDPS 520 - Introduction to Gifted and Talented Student (3 credit hours)
  • EDPS 621 - Identification and Evaluation of Gifted and Talented Children (3 credit hours)
  • EDPS 625 - Models and Strategies for Gifted Learners (3 credit hours)

Electives (choose 3 credit hours):

  • EDPS 611 - Development of Creative Thinking (3 credit hours)
  • EDPS 623 - Investigating the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students (3 credit hours)
  • EDEL 657 - Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Programs for Gifted and Talented Students (3 credit hours)

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