Master of Science in Education – Gifted Education

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION
GIFTED EDUCATION

The Master of Science (MS) in Education with a concentration in Gifted Education is designed to prepare educators and administrators for teaching or leadership roles in the field of gifted education, with an emphasis on research and application of current best practices in the field. The 33-credit program, based on the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards for teachers of gifted children, will provide candidates with knowledge and skills in curriculum, instruction, program development, and assessment to meet the needs of academically talented students. The program is recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education as meeting the requirements for Gifted and Talented Specialist certification in Maryland. Courses are offered online and in-person.

As a graduate of our program, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the diverse factors that inform the identification and support of K-12 gifted students.
  • Create safe, inclusive, and culturally-responsive learning environments that support the social, emotional, and cognitive learning needs of diverse groups of gifted K-12 students.
  • Use assessments to identify gifted and talented students, assess their progress and modify interventions accordingly, and provide summative data on their accomplishments.
  • Be reflective, ethical professionals who support and advocate for gifted K-12 students through collaboration with families and colleagues, use of community resources, and on-going professional development.
  • Serve as effective leaders in the development and implementation of gifted education and talent development programs.
  • Lead efforts to address and eliminate excellence gaps in K-12 settings.
ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
Master of Science in Education: Gifted Education
Enrollment:Part-Time
Pre-Requisites to Apply:

Applicants are required to hold state-approved teacher certification to be admitted to the program. In addition, applicants who are employed in the state of Maryland and are seeking the MSDE Gifted and Talented Specialist certification must also have completed at least 27 months of teaching experience and be currently employed in a school district or an accredited independent school. Candidates interested in initial certification are invited to learn more about the school’s Master of Arts in Teaching programs.
Start Terms:Summer, Fall, Spring
Application Deadline: Rolling
Application Requirements:Online application form
$80.00 application fee
Resume/CV
Essay: A 500-word essay discussing the reasons you wish to pursue a degree at Johns Hopkins University, focusing on your long-term goals and how your academic program will complement those goals. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses in your academic background, as well as any additional comments that will assist in evaluating your application materials. Essays should be submitted in a typed format on a separate sheet of paper.
Two letters of recommendation
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

For more information on the application process, please view the SOE Admissions page.

Note: Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Education Gifted Education program may not simultaneously enroll in, nor are they eligible to earn, the Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education.

Coursework

885.501 THE GIFTED LEARNER

Graduate students survey a historical overview of gifted education and examine research literature, intelligence theorists, and current practices used with gifted learners to gain perspective on the academic, social, and affective nature and manifestations of giftedness. Special needs populations are examined for unique characteristics and needs to further support the premise of a diverse gifted audience. Emphasis will be placed on gifted learning characteristics as they inform identification, planning, and support strategies. Participants explore the potential role they play in working with gifted youth, recommending program delivery options, and the identification process. (3 credits)

885.512 TWICE EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS

Graduate students review recent research-based findings regarding identification and programming for the gifted child with learning differences. Candidates consider appropriate strategies and teaching techniques that address learning challenges as well as the development of enriched content and accelerated and innovative approaches for maximization of potential in areas of giftedness. (3 credits)

885.604 SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF THE GIFTED

Graduate students will examine the unique social and emotional needs of gifted and talented learners and their families. Primary emphasis will be on consultation, guidance, and counseling strategies for use with diverse gifted learners including those from special populations. (3 credits)

885.505 CREATIVITY IN EDUCATION

Graduate students will examine the psychological and educational aspects of creative thinking. Participants review studies of the characteristics of creative children and adults, the creative process, and the identification of potentially creative children and adolescents. The course introduces teaching strategies and curriculum materials for fostering creative behavior at both the elementary and secondary school levels. (3 credits)

885.510 CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION, AND ASSESSMENT FOR ADVANCED LEARNERS

Graduate students explore the various approaches to differentiating curriculum, instruction, and assessment for advanced learning. Strategies and techniques that are supported by research and best practice are discussed and analyzed. Candidates design interventions that translate theories about gifted education into practice in their education contexts. (3 credits)

885.515 LEADERSHIP OF GIFTED EDUCATION AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Graduate students will learn how to develop, implement, and supervise interventions for gifted students in both K-12 and out-of-school settings. An emphasis is placed on how talent identification, service delivery, student assessment, and program evaluation are included in the design of talent development systems. (3 credits)

885.519 SEMINAR I IN GIFTED EDUCATION AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT

Graduate students will explore current issues, research, and trends in gifted education and talent development at the local and national levels, including ways to advocate for programs and services, and the roles of a leader in the field.

885.520 SEMINAR II IN GIFTED EDUCATION AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT

Graduate students will expand upon knowledge gained in Seminar I as they continue to explore current issues, research, and trends in gifted education and talent development at the local and national levels, including ways to advocate for programs and services, and the roles of a leader in the field.

885.820 PRACTICUM IN GIFTED EDUCATION AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT*

Candidates participate in a capstone supervised practicum experience in an educational setting with a focus on advanced learners under the direction of the faculty. Practicum experiences will be individually designed in consultation with the student’s advisor to address the student’s professional goals. Individual and small group consultation sessions are held. Candidates must receive written approval at least two months prior to registration. (3 credits)

*All candidates employed in Maryland who are seeking Gifted and Talented Education Specialist certification from MSDE will undertake a semester-long practicum experience as the culminating course of their program. Candidates who are employed in other states outside of Maryland or who do not hold a teaching certificate will take an online 3-credit Research in Gifted Education and Talent Development course in place of the practicum course.

In addition to the above core coursework requirements, all students will select 6-credit hours of electives in consultation with their advisor.

Master of Science in Education – Gifted Education

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