Gifted & Talented Specialization

Gifted & Talented Specialization

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The Gifted and Talented course sequence provides a conceptual foundation and practical approaches for teachers of the gifted and talented, both specialists and regular classroom teachers. Today’'s diverse classrooms mean that educators must be able to recognize and serve talented and high achieving students in heterogeneous settings as well as in special program settings. The curriculum consists of four three-hour graduate courses— all of which can be applied to the specialization module of SMU'’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree (pending acceptance into the M.Ed. program). Successful graduates of the GT program are prepared to take the Gifted and Talented TExES (Texas Examination for Educator Standards); those who pass the exam earn GT certification.

The four GT courses can be completed in one year. Two courses are online and two are face-to-face. The four courses can be taken in any order.

Fall Term Courses

  • EDU 6325 – Educating the Gifted and Talented (online)
  • EDU 6388 – Curriculum Development of the Gifted and Talented (face-to-face)

Spring Term Courses

  • EDU 6397 – Growth and Development of the Gifted (online)
  • EDU 6347 – Creativity (face-to-face)

*Texas Education Agency (TEA) issues a supplemental educator certificate to teachers who pass the Gifted and Talented TExES #162 examination. (www.tea.state.tx.us/)