Gifted and Talented Education Program

All Gifted and Talented Education courses are online, except GATE 6391 Advanced Practicum in Gifted Education (Summer and Fall Sessions). The summer session will meet four days during the STEMulate Academy at UCA and the fall session will meet on four Saturdays.

Those pursuing GATE as part of ASTL, SPED, Educational Specialist, or PhD in Leadership degrees should see those program webpages for their specific face-to-face requirements.

Gifted Course as an Elective

Looking for a great elective in your graduate program that will be beneficial to you and the students you teach? All teachers have identified gifted and talented students in their courses and have students that excel in one or more areas. Courses in the GATE program share strategies to engage advanced students in learning across multiple content areas. As an elective in your program of study, we would like to encourage you to consider taking one of the courses from the GATE program. Before enrolling in a course, you need to contact your department chair to ensure the GATE course meets your program’s elective requirements. To take additional GATE courses, you would need to be fully enrolled in the GATE program.

GATE 6353 Introduction to Gifted & Talented—Summer I, Fall This course will explore the characteristics of the gifted, talented, and creative child in public schools. Emphasis is placed on (a) historical development of the field; (b) characteristics and identification; (c) programming options and models pertaining to the field of gifted education; and (d) educational programs and interventions.

GATE 6355 Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted Learners—Fall This course teaches candidates how to design differentiated curricula and the strategies necessary to effectively provide appropriate experiences, materials, and environments conducive to optimum learning and development of the gifted and talented.

GATE 6357 Creativity, Innovation, and Trends in Gifted Education – Summer II Current trends and issues in gifted education including meeting the needs of creative students, talent development and innovation, and identifying and serving promising underrepresented groups are explored.

GATE 6358 Affective Strategies for the Gifted & Talented –Spring This course examines the strategies necessary to address the psycho-social needs related to personality, maturity, giftedness, and creativity. Concrete strategies for managing students’ emotional needs as well as appropriate experiences, materials, and environments conducive to optimum learning/development of the gifted and talented are provided.

Gifted and Talented Education Graduate Certificate/Licensure Program

15 Graduate Semester Hours

GATE 6353 Introduction to Gifted & Talented—Summer I, Fall This course will explore the characteristics of the gifted, talented, and creative child in public schools. Emphasis is placed on (a) historical development of the field; (b) characteristics and identification; (c) programming options and models pertaining to the field of gifted education; and (d) educational programs and interventions. GATE 6355 Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted Learners—Fall This course teaches candidates how to design differentiated curricula and the strategies necessary to effectively provide appropriate experiences, materials, and environments conducive to optimum learning and development of the gifted and talented.

GATE 6357 Creativity, Innovation, and Trends in Gifted Education – Summer II Current trends and issues in gifted education including meeting the needs of creative students, talent development and innovation, and identifying and serving promising underrepresented groups are explored.

GATE 6358 Affective Strategies for the Gifted & Talented –Spring This course examines the strategies necessary to address the psycho-social needs related to personality, maturity, giftedness, and creativity. Concrete strategies for managing students’ emotional needs as well as appropriate experiences, materials, and environments conducive to optimum learning/development of the gifted and talented are provided.

GATE 6391 Advanced Practicum in Gifted Education—Virtual Practicum in Spring (instructor approval required); Face-to-Face Practicum in Summer Learning experiences are provided which incorporate skills in classroom organization, management, planning, and teaching in a field setting. Candidates will complete an advanced practicum experience in one of two ways: virtually over the course of a semester utilizing differentiated curriculum and instructional strategies developed in the Curriculum and Instruction Course (Note: the virtual option is for candidates living more than 60 miles from campus; by program coordinator approval only) or face-to-face utilizing an instructor-selected differentiated curriculum to be implemented in an intensive field-based experience which requires teaching at the university’s community-based kids camp. Enrollment restricted to GT teacher candidates and requires prior approval from the instructor. Prerequisite: GATE 6357, 6353, 6355,6358.

Important Note: Candidates must pass the state-designated Praxis examination(s) to add the gifted and talented license to existing Arkansas teaching licenses. Out-of-state students should check with their state-issuing teacher licensure agency to determine licensure eligibility and state-specific reciprocity rules and regulations.

Cost

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  • Tuition and fees: $3,600
  • Books and supplies: $600
  • On-campus room & board: not offered
Program taught in:
  • English

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