Special Education, MA Ed (High Ability Education (Gifted))

Master of Arts in Education Degree in Special Education with an Emphasis in High Ability Learning (Gifted)

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 36
    Credits
  • $315.00
    In-State
  • $444.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Special Education Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed) with an emphasis in High Ability (Gifted) Education degree program is designed for educators who understand the needs of high ability learners and wish to create enriched programs to ensure they make continuous progress in school.

Why chose this program: 

  • Gain a knowledge base and competencies necessary for the appropriate education of gifted and talented learners.
  • Obtain a solid foundation and capability in special education.
  • Understand the unique needs and educational opportunities for gifted students.
  • Obtain certification in special education in the state of Nebraska.

Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements. Coursework includes the study of the following for gifted and talented learners:

  • Identification, assessment and evaluation
  • Psychology and education 
  • Social and emotional development 
  • Curriculum and program design

Career Outlook: According to the National Association for Gifted Children, around six to ten percent (up to 5 million) of America's student population qualifies as gifted. The demand for teachers that are equipped to educate these students is growing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, gifted education teachers earn a mean annual wage of $58,980 and the job outlook is expected to grow 8% from 2016-2026.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A license/certificate required

    Standard teacher license

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. A professional biography

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions.
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Prerequisite Course: Introduction to Exceptionalities or equivalent completed at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 805POverview of Assistive Technology3
This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored.
TESE 829PAssessment of Young Children: Birth to Five3
This course prepares students to evaluate assessment tools for young children, determine their appropriateness for various purposes, write and interpret evaluation reports, and translate assessment results into intervention goals and strategies. In field experiences students administer tests and interpret and report results. Prerequisite: TESE 827P or departmental permission.
TE 800Education Research3
This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.
TE 804Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education3
Students learn to evaluate, create, and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations, and school policies.
TE 803Philosophy of Education3
Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.
TE 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers3
This course is a general introductory course for using computers and other technology to promote student learning. Students will learn how to integrate computer-based instruction programs into their curriculum and be introduced to electronic library and other on-line resources. In addition, students will investigate other current hardware and software technologies for use in teaching and learning.
TESE 829Assessment of Young Children: Birth to Five3
This course prepares students to evaluate assessment tools for young children, determine their appropriateness for various purposes, write and interpret evaluation reports, and translate assessment results into intervention goals and strategies. In field experiences students administer tests and interpret and report results. Prerequisite: TESE 827P or departmental permission. Additional Course Fee Required

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TESE 824Identification, Assessment & Evaluation for Gifted/Talented Education3
Prereq: TESE 822P or TESE 823P or Departmental permission. This in-depth course provides the student with the knowledge and concepts of basic statistics necessary to understand and administer selected assessment instruments used in the identification of gifted and talented learners. The process and multiple strategies of identification will be a major focus to prepare the student to develop and/or improve current identification procedures. An additional focus will be on multiple strategies for the assessment of the gifted/talented learner's work in the classroom. Developing a beginning understanding of the difference between student and program evaluation will be the final focus.
TESE 823PGuiding the Social & Emotional Development of Gifted/Talented Education3
This course focuses on understanding the social and emotional characteristics and development of typical and special populations of gifted/talented learners, current theories and issues related to their guidance and counseling principles and strategies of intervention.
CSP 800Advanced Educational Psychology3
This course focuses on school learning, its assessment and factors that are related to it. These factors include, for example, learner's development and characteristics (biological, psychological, cultural and social), learner's exceptionalities, teacher's instructional and behavior management techniques, and social influences. Current issues and problems will be studied and discussed in a seminar setting. There will also be opportunity to study topics of individual concern.
TESE 825Curriculum Design & Development for Gifted/Talented Education3
Prereq: TESE 822P or TESE 823P or Departmental permission. This is an advanced course on exemplary program models, instructional processes and methods, program planning, and development of appropriately differentiated curricula for gifted/talented learners across grade levels.
TESE 822PThe Psychology & Education of Gifted & Talented Learners3
Topics for this introductory course will include the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical characteristics of gifted/talented learners, methods of identification, implications of cultural diversity, appropriately differentiated education, working with families, historical perspective of the field, and major research studies contributing to the knowledge-base. Emphasis will be placed on characteristics and differentiated instructional strategies.
TESE 826Program Design for Gifted/Talented Education3
Prereq: TESE 822P or TESE 823P or Departmental permission. This course is concerned with the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs for gifted/talented learners, including procedures utilized when developing a distinct definition of giftedness, philosophy and goals for gifted education, staff hiring and development, service delivery options, and public relations.
TESE 816CPracticum in Gifted/Talented Education3
This course is designed specifically to provide students the opportunity to teach gifted learners in a differentiated educational program. Students will plan, develop, implement, and evaluate educational experiences for gifted learners. In order to build an understanding of student needs across developmental and grade levels, the student will work with both elementary and secondary level gifted learners. A minimum of 90 clock hours is required.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$315.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$367.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$945.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1101.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$444.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$496.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1332.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1488.75
About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 10
  • Spring SemesterNov 10
  • Summer SessionsApr 10
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