Degree & Professional Development Programs
Master of Arts in Teaching, Emphasis in Gifted and Talented
Whitworth’s innovative master’s degree program is designed to train educators to meet the particular academic and social-emotional needs of the gifted learner while empowering all students to be successful. Candidates study research-based instruction techniques, explore current trends, and develop curriculum to meet the unique and accelerated learning needs of gifted and talented students. Educators will gain a deep understanding of current teaching theory and will help students to develop the skills to translate this knowledge into a classroom setting that engages both the highly capable learner and mainstream students.
This NCATE-accredited program was created with working educators like you in mind. Enjoy the benefits of a respected university with the freedom of online classes, or, if you prefer, choose a combination of online and on-campus classes that allow you to interact with your instructors and fellow classmates face-to-face. You decide what will work best for you.
Required Core Education Courses: 13 credits (available online or on campus)
Course Number Course Title Credits EDU 501 Advanced Educational Psychology (spring online, summer online) 3 EDU 502 Curriculum Development (summer on campus, fall online) 3 EDU 515 Educational Research (spring on campus and online, summer on campus) 4 EDU 550 Core: Milestones in Education (fall on campus and online, spring on campus) 3
Required Gifted and Talented Courses: 14 credits (available online or on campus)
Course Number Course Title Credits EDG 551 Nature and Needs of the Gifted Learner (spring online) 3 EDG 552
Teaching for Independence and Responsibility (summer on campus)
Teaching the Underachiever
EDG 553 Creativity and Analytical Thinking (fall online, even years) 3 EDG 554 Strategies and Instructional Models for Challenging Bright Students (spring online) 3 EDG 581
Practicum: Gifted and Talented
Graduate Research Project (if appropriate)
Electives: 6-7 credits (available online or on campus)
A limit of seven semester credits of approved Whitworth Gifted & Talented professional development classes may be applied to the degree. Your advisor will assist you in selection of electives to meet your educational goals. All electives must be approved by the assistant director of Graduate Studies in Education.
Specialty Endorsement in Teaching the Gifted
Gifted students, an often-overlooked group in student populations, need a particular type of instruction to thrive in school and in society. This specialty endorsement emphasizes curricular and instructional needs of students and focuses on strategies for identifying and reaching exceptional students in both mixed-ability and self-contained classrooms.
The specialty endorsement is available online, or you may speak with an advisor to discuss on-campus options. Earn your specialty endorsement in just one year.
Course Number Course Title Credits EDG 528/OL New Directions in Gifted Education 1 EDG 551/OL Nature and Needs of the Gifted Learner 3 EDG 554/OL Strategies & Instructional Models for Challenging Bright Students 3 EDG 508/OL Differentiating Instruction for Highly Capable Students 1 EDG 581/G Field Study (complete in you district location or arrange with the supervisor) 1 Electives Credits relating to gifted education from at least two sources (classes, conferences, etc.) 2 credits minimum Portfolio Final assessment to demonstrate evidence of knowledge & skills to meet Washington state standards and competencies
Summer Institute for Professional Development
Whether you are looking to add to your teaching toolkit, to pick up continuing education credits, or to work on an endorsement and/or master’s degree, the Whitworth Summer Institute for Professional Development offers a wide variety of summer short courses to help you meet your goals.
Online and on-campus seminar-style courses are available. The schedule for summer 2014 will be available in spring.
For more information, please contact the Whitworth Center for Gifted Education at 509.777.3226 or email@example.com.