Online Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (Gifted Education)

Gifted education master’s programs develop the knowledge and abilities needed to create and shape interventions that support academically talented students. After earning this degree, you’ll be well-positioned to assist gifted learners in a variety of educational settings.

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Next start date: 01/10/2022


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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Why earn a master’s in gifted education online?

Studying for a master’s in gifted education online is a way to build critical competencies related to working with gifted children. Topics in this program can enhance your advocacy work in your current role or lead to new career opportunities. You’ll be better equipped to identify academic potential in students and imagine new ways of supporting their development. The program is designed to benefit:

  • Administrators.
  • Behavior analysts.
  • Early interventionists.
  • Family members.
  • School psychologists.
  • Teachers.
  • Therapists.

The online curriculum offers opportunities to apply your education to practical challenges. Several courses require you to have access to learners or educational settings where you can gain hands-on experience and apply your learning.

With a thorough understanding of the latest research and educational theories, you’ll be encouraged to explore learning and instructional design while using emerging technologies. Basic computer skills and an openness to new technology is essential to being successful in the program.

Do gifted education teachers have to get a gifted education degree?

 

Depending on the job requirements in your state, school district and educational environment, a degree from a gifted education graduate program may be required. Even for paths where a degree isn’t strictly needed, the program still provides a useful background.

With a greater understanding of the latest theory and pedagogy, you’ll be able to more effectively support gifted children using contemporary instructional methods and services. The practical component of this degree builds experience collaborating with school boards, parents and others to implement and evaluate a wide variety of services for gifted learners. Individuals who coordinate programs or serve in administrative roles may also benefit from the coursework.

Will this degree certify me to be a gifted education teacher?

 

The gifted education master’s program includes 12 semester hours of coursework in the specialization, which may satisfy requirements for earning an Arizona gifted education endorsement for working with students in kindergarten through 12th grade. You should consult with your state education agency to confirm if this program meets the requirements in your area. This degree does not lead to teacher certification.

ASU offers programs that lead to professional licensure with the State of Arizona that may allow graduates to be eligible for licensure in other states. Please check our professional licensure page for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to determine if this program meets the requirements in your state. Note that not all programs within the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College lead to professional licensure. Speak with an enrollment coach for more information.

Does my gifted education graduate program say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Gifted education master’s program courses

The gifted education graduate program features small class sizes and skilled faculty with a deep knowledge of gifted learners. A central focus of the program is applying what you learn in your classes to formal and informal educational settings. You’ll learn how to address the specific needs of gifted learners and expand your knowledge of how to incorporate technology into gifted education instruction. Some courses available in this program include:


Required core

Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education


Required core

Learning and Instruction


Concentration course

Testing and Measurement in Gifted Education: Methods


Concentration course

Differentiating Instruction for Gifted Learners: Teaching Methods


Concentration course

Creativity: Research and Development in Gifted Children


Concentration course

Advising the Gifted Learner: Social and Emotional Needs


Concentration course

Special Populations in Gifted Education


Concentration course

The Gifted Learner: Foundations of Identification, Education and Development


What can I do with a master’s in gifted education?

The gifted education master’s program can prove useful for roles in a variety of educational settings. Teachers who have already earned their certification may be able to use this degree to advance their careers and start teaching in gifted or honors classrooms. This program also prepares you for jobs as a gifted coordinator and other administrative roles in education. Potential paths include:

Elementary education administrator.

Gifted educator.

Secondary education administrator.

Special education teacher.

Vocational education teacher.

Wide-ranging experience in the field of education

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Wide-ranging experience in the field of education

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Gifted education admission requirements

Applicants to the Master of Education in curriculum and instruction program who wish to pursue a concentration in gifted education must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

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Promoting educational excellence for dedicated instructors

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College brings people and ideas together to increase the capabilities of individual educators and the performance of education systems. According to U.S. News & World Report, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is the only U.S. college of education to rank in the top 15 in both on-campus and online graduate education degrees.

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