• Gifted Education

    ME.GIED - Gifted Education

    Do you enjoy working with gifted children? Do you feel the need for additional study to develop your pedagogical or administrative expertise? Do you know of other educational professionals that might benefit from additional master’s work in gifted education?

    Hardin-Simmons University offers courses leading in gifted education at two sites in the DFW Metroplex area. One that offers the entire Masters in Gifted Education meets at the Pat May Center in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD. The other that offer four main courses meets at the Anderson Complex in Mansfield ISD. Professors travel to the teaching site five times per semester to meet with students – so classes meet approximately every three weeks.

    Through research

    Graduate students will study current research and historical perspectives in gifted education to build their knowledge and expertise.

    • build your educational philosophy
    • develop a deep understanding of critical issues in the field
    • attend professional conferences and workshops
    • submit articles for publication

    Practical Application

    Graduate students will test their new knowledge through practical application to refine their conceptual understanding in authentic settings.

    • design a seminar to help parents understand gifted learner’s particular needs
    • prepare a professional development workshop for teachers
    • participate in Threshold

    Gifted and Talented Supplemental Certificate

    Four particulars courses (GIED 5397, 6311, 6309, 6314) within the Gifted Education Program support the standards of the Gifted and Talented Supplemental Certificate. This certification added by individual educators will qualify them to fulfill the Texas mandate set out in the Texas State Plan for Gifted and Talented Education, requiring school districts to identify and served gifted children in the public school setting

    • Observe the characteristics of gifted students
    • Explore strategies to need gifted learners’ special needs in varied settings
    • Implement a variety of methods to help advanced and gifted learners to develop creative and leadership abilities

    Contact Information

    Dr. Mary Christopher, Program Director
    Hardin-Simmons University
    Box 16225
    Abilene, Texas 79698
    *Please contact Graduate Studies to Enroll in the program. Contact Dr. Christopher for Program Information and for Course Registration after notification of admission.*

    Additional Information

    • Consortium Programs

      Region XIV Consortium

      Graduate students who teach full time in a Region XIV school receive a 65% tuition reduction for EDUC, READ, and GIED graduate courses. This tuition rate makes obtaining an advanced degree affordable for area teachers.

      Metroplex Consortiums

      The M.Ed. in gifted education is also offered onsite at the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Pat May Center and onsite in Mansfield ISD at the Anderson Center.A 65% tuition reduction is available for students enrolled in this program.

    • Threshold Program

      A uniquely creative summer institute for children K-9, the Threshold Program allows you to mentor with acclaimed gifted educators from HSU and across the state. These leaders in the field of gifted education have designed an innovative curriculum specifically for this program. Even after you graduate, you may be invited to return to contribute to the Threshold program. Visit the Threshold website for more information. http://www.hsutx.edu/academics/irvin/educationalstudies/threshold  

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