M.ED. IN GIFTED, CREATIVE, AND TALENTED EDUCATION

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The Master of Education degree in gifted, creative, and talented education prepares students for professional careers as teachers of gifted and talented students and as administrators of programs for the gifted and talented in a variety of school and community settings.


4 STEPS TO ADVANCING YOUR TEACHING CAREER

STEP 1:

Degree in Hand

You’ll need to have earned your bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Hold, or be qualified to hold, a valid teaching license.

Favorable recommendations from faculty in the program.

STEP 4:

Apply Online

Apply to the UA Little Rock Graduate School.


WHAT YOU’LL STUDY

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Elective courses and independently selected student projects encourage students to focus on an area of emphasis related to personal and professional goals. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and is offered in a 100% online format.


Admission Requirements

Graduate School Admission

  • Apply for admission to the UA Little Rock Graduate School.
  • $40 non-refundable application fee paid via the link in the initial application email or by contacting the Cashier’s Office.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges and universities (undergraduate and graduate).
    • International students must have their transcripts articulated. Transcripts that have not been articulated can be submitted for the application process; however, if a student is granted admission, WES-articulated transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate School before he or she can register for classes.
  • Proof of 2 MMR vaccines. Contact your program coordinator if you think you are eligible for a waiver. Students only in the UA Little Rock Online programs are exempt.
  • Proof of a grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.00 scale, including post-baccalaureate hours.
  • A copy of your government-issued photo ID.

International Student Admission

Required documents for international admission:

  • Tuberculosis screening
    • All applicants must provide proof of a Tuberculosis screening, which must be performed in the United States of America and can be done at the Health Services Center at UA Little Rock.
  • Health and accident insurance
    • All international students must purchase the health and accident insurance provided by UA Little Rock and maintain coverage year-round. Students will be billed at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. A student who enters in a summer semester will be billed for that semester as well, making the total number of times billed three instead of two. If you have any questions, please contact Health Services at 501-569-3188.
  • Transfer forms
    • Applicants transferring from another institution within the United States of America must also provide a Transfer and Visa form completed by the applicant’s International Student Services advisor from his or her current institution.
  • Financial statement (students with F and J visas only)
    • Before they can be accepted into the Graduate School, students must provide a financial statement showing that they are financially capable of pursuing a graduate education in the United States of America. For more information on this form, please contact the office of International Student Services at 501-683-7566.
  • All applicants must submit a copy of their visa.

Program Admission

Regular Admission
  • A valid teaching license for Arkansas or another US state
  • A favorable recommendation from at least one faculty member in the program
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale OR
    • Grade point average of at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses OR
    • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Conditional Admission
  • A valid teaching license for Arkansas or another US state
  • A favorable recommendation from at least one faculty member in the program
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution; a cumulative undergraduate GPA of no lower than 2.5; and a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of at least 144 on the Verbal Scale, 141 on the Quantitative Scale, and 4.5 on the Analytical Writing Scale, OR
    • Completion of at least 12 semester hours of graduate coursework in another UA Little Rock graduate program or graduate program from another regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade lower than a B.

Retention Requirements

The master’s degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, including 18 education core area hours, and a written comprehensive examination. The program is 33 credit hours for the thesis or National Board Certification option.


Graduation Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study
  • Passing of the comprehensive exam

Curriculum

Required Gifted and Talented Education Courses (18 credits)

  • GATE 7350 Teaching the Gifted and Talented
  • GATE 7355 Creativity Seminar
  • GATE 7356 Current Issues in Research on Education of the Gifted and Talented
  • GATE 7357 Curriculum and Instruction in Gifted Education
  • GATE 7363 Affective Needs of the Gifted and Talented
  • GATE 7390 Supervised Practicum

Additional Course Requirements ( 12-15 hours)

  • Practicum/Internship Courses: 6 hours of practicum, or 3 hours of practicum and 3 hours of internship
  • Gifted and Talented Education courses: 3 hours of additional Gifted and Talented coursework
  • Electives: 3 hours
  • Capstone: 3 hours for the written comprehensive examination or 6 hours for the thesis or National Board Certification option

Course Descriptions


GATE 7350 Teaching the Gifted and Talented
Characteristics, needs of gifted and talented children, youths; identification procedures; types of educational programs available; historical and philosophical foundations required of professionals in the field; history of the gifted child movement. Three credit hours.

GATE 7355 Creativity Seminar
Concepts of creativity; emphasis on relationships to education of gifted and talented students; theoretical, experimental aspects of the creative processes; their application to instruction. Three credit hours.

GATE 7356 Current Issues in Research on Education of the Gifted and Talented
Prerequisite: GATE 7350. Recent theoretical, practical research; students assist in identification of applicable current research issues, conduct literature searches, synthesize results to develop appropriate position statements; may be repeated once for credit. Three credit hours.

GATE 7357 Curriculum and Instruction in Gifted Education
Prerequisite: GATE 7350. In-depth study of various instructional and curriculum models appropriate for use with gifted and talented students. Students will develop a curriculum project including a rationale, goals, objectives, learning activities, applications of technology and curriculum based assessment plans. Three credit hours.

GATE 7361 Advanced Placement for Talented Youth
Policies, procedures, and program and curriculum design for accelerative options. Includes principles of optimal match, curriculum articulation, vertical teaming and comparisons of national and international accelerative program models and assessments. Three credit hours.

GATE 7362 Administrative and Legal Issues in Gifted Education
Policies, procedures and practices for coordinating/administering programs for the gifted. Includes discussion of administrative issues of programming, identification of minorities, teacher selection, staff development, and program evaluation. Legal issues involved in gifted education, including due process, equity issues, and appropriate documentation are also discussed. Three credit hours.

GATE 7363 Affective Needs of the Gifted and Talented
Students will explore the major theories, unique issues, and various intervention strategies concerning the affective needs of gifted students at all ages and stages of their development. Three credit hours.

GATE 7390 Supervised Practicum
Prerequisites: GATE 7350, 7357, consent of advisor. Practical application of content, instructional skills, competencies acquired in courses; may be repeated once for credit. Three credit hours.

GATE 7395 Internship
Prerequisites: 12 graduate hours, consent of advisor. Experience in the chosen specialization area under guidance of a practicing professional. Offered on demand. Three credit hours.

GATE 7399 Thesis
Prerequisites: Educational Foundations 7303, 15 additional graduate education hours, consent of advisor. Formal research project; content determined with faculty committee chosen by student. May be repeated for six hours total. Three credit hours.


MEET OUR FACULTY

Portrait of Dr. Ann Robinson

Ann Robinson, Ph.D.

Director, Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education; Professor

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Portrait of Dr. Bronwyn MacFarlane

Bronwyn MacFarlane, Ph.D.

Professor

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Portrait of Dr. Christine Deitz

Christine Deitz, Ed.D.

Associate Director, Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education; Adjunct Instructor

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