The M.Ed. in AIG is a 33 credit hour part-time program.  Students should be prepared for an academically rigorous program and writing intensive courses. There are no electives in the M.Ed. in AIG program.  SPED 6124 and SPED 6224 are among the courses requiring M.Ed. students to complete field experiences in which they will apply course knowledge with AIG students in public/private school classrooms. Prospective M.Ed. applicants must have access to a classroom with AIG students to meet these field experience requirements.  A Master’s Research Project serves as the program capstone experience.

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 range from the social and emotional needs of the general population of gifted students to the unique needs of specific subgroups 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.


RSCH 6101:  Research Methods (3)
Offered in Fall and Summer | No prerequisites

Identification of logical, conceptual, and empirical research problems; application of methods and procedures, including conducting library research, interpreting research findings, and preparing reviews of related literature

RSCH 7111:  Qualitative Research Methods (3)
Offered in Spring  | No prerequisites

Demonstration of historical, philosophical, biographical, ethnographic, and case study methods; location of information sources, application of methods of data collection and analysis, field techniques, and strategies for writing research results


SPED 6637:  Theory and Development of Creativity (3)
Offered in Spring | Prerequisite(s): SPED 6161 and SPED 6224, or approval of instructor.

Provides an exploration of the concept of creativity: its components, its measurement, and its application to education. Topics discussed in class range from the theoretical (what is creativity? what does it look like?) to the practical (what activities can be used to develop creative behaviors in the classroom setting?). Includes opportunities to prepare materials to be used with small groups of children.


SPED 6241:  Advanced Curriculum for Gifted Students (3)
Offered in Fall and Summer | No prerequisites

Emphasis on integrating philosophy of teacher, school, and community with child characteristics to create the appropriate course of study in a variety of school settings

SPED 6270:  Gifted Assessment and Program Evaluation (3)
Offered in Fall, Spring and Summer | Prerequisite(s): SPED 6161 and SPED 6224, or permission of instructor

This advanced course introduces the theory and practice behind structuring programs for gifted students, from legal mandates to assessment considerations, program design, and evaluation of students and programs. Evaluation of gifted programming provides experience applying the frameworks presented in current North Carolina and national standards.

SPED 6695:  Research Proposal in AIG (3)
Offered in Fall | No prerequisites

Provides evidence that a candidate can conceptualize and design a research study using a recognized research design, and it supports the development of the capstone research project required for M.Ed. candidates in AIG. Candidates complete the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) Research with Human Subjects online tutorial, develop and submit a research protocol application, and submit their application for IRB approval prior to implementing the study in SPED 6696


SPED 6696:  Research Implementation in AIG (3)
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

Candidates implement a research study using a recognized research design that they have designed in SPED 6695 and will produce a written report to disseminate their findings to stakeholders. Allows students to complete the capstone project requirement for M.Ed. candidates in the area of Academically and Intellectually Gifted

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