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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, Gifted, M.A.

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This program is offered fully online.

Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines:

Minimum Total Hours: 36
Level: Masters
CIP Code: 13.1004
Dept. Code: EDS
Major/College Codes: AGI ED
Approved: 1966

Contact Information

College: Education
Department: Teaching and Learning

Contact Information:

The Master’s Degree Program in Gifted Education (Plan I) provides advanced training for certified teachers to work with gifted and talented students and with other teachers on a consultant or collaborative basis. The courses for this major are offered through an on-line format, though some courses may be taken on campus. Emphasis is placed on developing specific skills in identification of gifted students; focusing on the characteristics and needs of special populations; assessing students’ cognitive and affective strengths; modifying educational programs to develop gifted students’ potential; and consulting with gifted students, their families, and teachers. This Major qualifies students for the State of Florida Endorsement in Gifted Education.

After admission to a major, the candidate and the department advisor together chart a program of study incorporating major requirements. Courses stress field based experiences. Students provide their own transportation to practicum sites in K-12 education settings. The practicum experience requires candidates to access assessment information about K-12 students in their school setting, including performance on individualized intelligence tests, achievement tests, and educational programs (EPs). Practicum coursework also requires candidates to conduct extended projects focused on the development and educational progress of K-12 gifted students. Employment in a K-12 classroom as a licensed educator is required to successfully complete major coursework. The Major also incorporates coursework in Instructional Technology, and Teacher Leadership. Electives lead to the completion of a graduate certificate in Teacher Leadership, Instructional Technology, or Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Florida Department of Education

Plan III: Inactive

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale as an upper division student in a baccalaureate degree OR the following GRE preferred scores:
    • Verbal: 71st percentile or higher
    • Quantitative: 18th percentile or higher
  • Two letters of recommendation from administrators familiar with applicant’s professional teaching experience and expertise that verify applicant’s K-12 employment status
  • A written statement of intent to pursue degree in gifted education, including applicant’s professional goals
  • Copy of professional teaching certificate (not a temporary certificate)
  • Evidence that applicant currently holds a teaching position in a K-12 setting

All materials should be forwarded to Heather Van Allen or to Department of Teaching and Learning, Gifted Education Admissions, EDU 105, College of Education, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours 36 hours

Core requirements – 9 hours minimum
Area of Study – 18 hours minimum
Electives – 9 hours minimum

Core Requirements (9 Credit Hours)

Instructional Technology:

Any 1 of the following:

Area of Study Requirements (18 Credit Hours Minimum)

Electives (9 Credit Hours Minimum)

Instructional Technology (9 Credit Hours):

(FL Digital/Virtual Educator, Distance Learning, or Web Design)

Florida Digital/Virtual Educator

And 1 of the following:

Distance Education:


Comprehensive Examination (Portfolio)

In lieu of a comprehensive examination, candidates will take the Praxis II Exam in Gifted Education and earn a score of 160/200 (80%) to pass. Candidates may take the exam after completing a minimum of 15 hours of coursework (EGI 5051 , EGI 5307 , EGI

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