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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 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 Americas 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.
With more than 20 years of experience teaching special education courses, Brian Wojcik has worked extensively with students interested in working with individuals with special disabilities. His research interests involve building systems that support effective use of technologies in school settings to meet the needs of diverse learners. This includes preparing future teachers to use technology effectively in order to meet the needs of the students.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A bachelor's degree
2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
A license/certificate required
Standard teacher license
Official transcripts from all previous schools
A professional biography
To apply to this program:
- Complete and submit the online application for admissions
- Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
- Fall Semester
- June 15
- Spring Semester
- October 15
- Summer Sessions
- March 15
Introduction to Exceptionalities or equivalent completed at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Course Number: TE 800
This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.
|Philosophy of Education||3|
Course Number: TE 803
Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.
|Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education||3|
Course Number: TE 804
Students learn to evaluate, create, and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations, and school policies.
|Overview of Assistive Technology||3|
Course Number: TE 805P
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.
|Technology Tools for Teachers||3|
Course Number: TE 886P
This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments, and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources, and curricula for integrating technology.
|Assessment of Young Children: Birth to Five||3|
Course Number: TESE 829
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
|Advanced Educational Psychology||3|
Course Number: CSP 800
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.
|Practicum in Gifted/Talented Education||3|
Course Number: TESE 816C
Prereq: TESE 822P, TESE 823P, TESE 824*, TESE 825*, TESE 826* OR Departmental permission. 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.
|The Psychology & Education of Gifted & Talented Learners||3|
Course Number: TESE 822P
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.
|Guiding the Social & Emotional Development of Gifted/Talented Learners||3|
Course Number: TESE 823P
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.
|Identification, Assessment & Evaluation for Gifted/Talented Education||3|
Course Number: TESE 824
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.
|Curriculum Design & Development for Gifted/Talented Education||3|
Course Number: TESE 825
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.
|Program Design for Gifted/Talented Education||3|
Course Number: TESE 826
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.
Cost for Nebraska Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $302.00
- Fees: $52.25
- Total: $354.25
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $906.00
- Fees: $156.75
- Total: $1062.75
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $425.00
- Fees: $52.25
- Total: $477.25
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1275.00
- Fees: $156.75
- Total: $1431.75
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The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
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