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Gifted and Talented Education

Dr. Mary Christopher, Program Director

Admission Criteria

Applicants for the Master of Education degree must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally

accredited college or university. Admission to graduate study in gifted and talented education and

reading specialist requires meeting two of the three academic standards as listed below and

receiving the endorsement of the program director.

Academic Standards

1.

GPA of 3.00 in all upper-level course work (junior and senior level courses) or overall

undergraduate GPA of 2.70.

2.

GPA of 3.00 in all undergraduate course work appropriate to the intended field of study.

3.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score at or above the 50th percentile on the verbal sub-test.

Departmental Endorsement

Admission to the program requires review and recommendation by the director of the program via

a personal interview. All undergraduate prerequisites and/or transfer work must be approved by

the director of the program and the dean of graduate studies.

Curriculum

Gifted and Talented Education (GIED)

Students majoring in gifted education will complete the 36 hours listed below.

GIED 5397 Introduction to the Advanced or Gifted Learner .............................................3

EDUC 6301 Introduction to Research Techniques .............................................................3

READ 6305 Understanding & Working with Students of Diverse Cultures ......................3

GIED 6309 Teaching Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom ......................................3

GIED 6310 Assessment in Gifted Education ......................................................................3

GIED 6311 Creativity....... ...................................................................................................3

GIED 6312 Child and Young Adult Literature ...................................................................3

GIED 6313 Social and Emotional Issues in Gifted Education. ...........................................3

GIED 6314 Curriculum Development for Gifted ...............................................................3

GIED 6315 Practicum in Gifted Education .........................................................................3

Education (see Note 1) ........................................................................................................6

Total ..................................................................................................................................36

Note: The student, in conjunction with his/her graduate advisor, develops a course of study which

fits the interests and career objectives of the student.

Gifted and Talented Supplemental Certificate

Course requirements for the Texas Gifted and Talented Supplemental Certificate are contained

within the Masters of Education Degree in Gifted Education. Individuals seeking this certification

must hold a Texas teacher’s certificate and must be admitted to graduate studies at Hardin-

Simmons University. To be recommended for gifted and talented certification, an individual must

complete 12 hours of course work listed below, complete three hours of practicum or two years of

teaching experience in a gifted program, and pass the TExES exam for gifted and talented

supplemental certification. This recommendation may occur at any point in the master’s program

when the student meets the requirements for certification.

Courses Required for Gifted and Talented Supplemental Certificate

GIED 5397 Introduction to the Advanced or Gifted Learner ..............................................3

GIED 6311 Creativity ..........................................................................................................3