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Teaching Gifted & Talented Students

Teaching gifted students provides classroom teachers the strategies and techniques they can use to meet the academic and emotional needs of the gifted and talented. Course content includes practical approaches for challenging the most able students in the regular classroom, pull-out, or full-time classes for gifted students. A course emphasis is upon ways of knowing (epistemology) unique to gifted students, and an appropriate pedagogy to specifically enhance each student's giftedness.


Graduate Participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional Development participants receive a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional developments credit for face-to-face classes, and 60 hours of professional development credit for online classes.

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Course Schedule

  • 9/12/17 - 12/12/17
  • 11/14/17 - 2/13/18
  • 1/9/18 - 4/10/18
  • 3/13/18 - 6/12/18
  • 5/8/18 - 8/14/18
  • 7/10/18 - 10/9/18
  • 9/11/18 - 12/11/18

Session/Module 1: Course Orientation and Overview

Contents:

  • Review course objectives and requirements
  • Become familiar with course navigation system
  • Class participants introduce themselves
  • Complete the Issue and Concerns Survey
  • Defining terms

Session/Module 2: Giftedness: An Overview

Contents:

  • Identify issues and concerns regarding teachingthe gifted and talented student
  • Review program options for gifted students

Session/Module 3: How Gifted Are Identified

Contents:

  • Identify ways gifted students are selected for participation in a gifted program
  • Define several fundamentals related to giftedness
    • The curriculum
    • Basic pedagogy

Session/Module 4: Gifted Curriculum Matrix

Contents:

  • Identify a "structure" of knowledged
  • Construct a "Gifted Curriculum Matrix"

Session/Module 5: Adapting Pedagogy for Gifted Students

Contents:

  • Design an analytical model for organizing the classroom to teach all students
  • Identify and analyze methods for teaching the gifted

Session/Module 6: Emotional Dimensions of Giftedness

Contents:

  • Recognize among gifted students the difference between the pursuit of excellence and perfectionism
  • Understand the problem of uneven integration
  • Identify and name different ways of being gifted
  • Recognize signs of emotional problems

Session/Module 7: Great Expectations: The Burden of Potential

Contents:

  • Distinguish between self-image and self-esteem
  • Recognize intellectual issues gifted students endure
  • Understand the frustration of having too many options

Session/Module 8: Meetin Expectations

Contents:

  • Define underachievement as it relates to gifted students
  • Review the role of curriculum in underachievement
  • Identify the label of giftedness as a contributor to underachievement

Session/Module 9: The Epistemology of Giftedness

Contents:

  • Consider a definition of giftedness
  • Consider ways of knowing

Session/Module 10: "It's not easy being green." - Kermit the Frog

Contents:

  • Review the course
  • Compose a classroom strategy to meet the unique needs of gifted students
Objectives
  • Identify issues and concerns with giftedness
  • Define terms associated with giftedness
  • Identify issues and concerns regarding teaching the gifted and talented student
  • Appraise program options for gifted students.
  • Examine methods for selecting students for participation in gifted programs
  • Recognize that curriculum and basic pedagogy are fundamentals related to giftedness
  • Recognize what constitutes a ‘structure’ of knowledge
  • Iimplement instructional strategies for use with students who are gifted
  • Design an analytical model for organizing the classroom to teach all students
  • Identify and analyze additional methods for teaching the gifted
  • Interpret the difference between the pursuit of excellence and perfectionism among gifted students
  • Analyze the problem of uneven integration
  • Identify and name different ways of being gifted
  • Describe the signs of emotional problems
  • Differentiate between self-image and self-esteem
  • Report intellectual issues gifted students endure
  • Analyze the frustration of having too many options
  • Identify why gifted students do not meet expectations
  • Review the role of curriculum in underachievement
  • Define "selective consumer"
  • Evaluate various definitions of giftedness
  • Evaluate various theories concerning the ways of knowing
  • Evaluate giftedness from a national perspective
Partner Universities

Our Partners are well-established regionally and nationally accredited colleges and universities, recognized for academic excellence and their commitment to teachers.

Important Information

Online Courses are 13 weeks in length.

Face-to-Face Course courses are held Friday evening from 6pm-9pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8am-6pm.

Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:30am- 5:30pm.

It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district or school to ensure that all requirements are being met.

Check the Partner University area of our website for specific course tuition.

Students are to purchase their own textbook. Click “Textbook List” for information.

Professional Development participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face-to-face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes.