Concentrations (12 hrs) can be taken anytime throughout the program.

SPED 5211: Nature and Needs of Gifted Students  (3)

Offered in Fall and Summer  | No prerequisites

Examination of the historical and philosophical perspectives of education for gifted and talented learners with emphasis on answering the question "What is giftedness?" Issues explored in the course include identification procedures, instructional options, the nature of intelligence and creativity, laws/policies, psychological and emotional correlates of talent, and current research findings


SPED 6124: Methods of Instructing Gifted Students  (3)

Offered in Fall   | Prerequisites: SPED 5211

An introduction to the basic skills necessary to plan, implement, and evaluate instructional procedures that facilitate learning by gifted students. Specific theories discussed include those by Bloom, Kaplan, Parnes, Renzulli, and VanTassel-Baska


SPED 6161: Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students  (3)

Offered in Spring and Summer  |   No prerequisites

An overview of current theory and practice in understanding gifted students’ social and emotional development. Topics discussed in class range from the social and emotional needs of the general population of gifted students to the unique needs of specific sub-groups of gifted students (e.g., gifted girls, gifted and learning disabled, gifted minority students)


SPED 6224: Adapting Curriculum Materials and Classroom Differentiation  (3)

Offered in Spring  |   Prerequisites or Co-requisites: SPED 5211, SPED 6124, SPED 6161

Students study methods of making accommodations to meet the gifted student’s needs in the regular classroom. Topics include differentiated lesson plans based on national and state standards as well as methods of adapting the learning environment to support multi-level learning.


Note: This concentration leads to the North Carolina Licensure if the student successfully completes all of the related licensure requirements