Master's & Specialty Endorsement
Master of Arts in Teaching, Emphasis in Gifted and Talented
This 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.
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.
Required Core Education Courses: 13 credits (available online or on campus)
Course Number Course Title Credits EDU 501 The Psychology of Learning (spring online, summer online) 3 EDU 502 Curriculum Design, Development and Implementation (summer on campus, fall online) 3 EDU 515 Educational Research (spring online, fall on campus) 4 EDU 550 Core: Milestones in Education (spring on campus, fall online) 3
Required Gifted and Talented Courses: 17 credits (available online or on campus)
Course Number Course Title Credits EDG 550 Introduction to Gifted Education and Talent Development (January online) 3 EDG 551 Social and Emotional Components of Giftedness (spring online) 2 EDG 553 Creativity and Analytical Thinking (fall online, even years) 3 EDG 554 Curricular Strategies and Instructional Models for High Ability Learners (fall online) 3 EDG 555 Designing High Quality Gifted Education Programs and Services (summer online) 3 EDG 581 Field Study and Action Research
(Minimum of 120 hours in a supervised setting, taken after completion of all required G&T coursework. Complete in your district location or arrange with the supervisor.)
Electives: 4 credits (available online or on campus)
Your advisor will assist you in selection of electives to meet your educational goals. All electives must be approved by your advisor.
Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement
Gifted students, an often-overlooked group in student populations, need a particular type of instruction to thrive in school and in society.
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.
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.
Course Number Course Title Credits EDG 550 Introduction to Gifted Education and Talent Development 3 EDG 551 Social and Emotional Components of Giftedness 2 EDG 554 Curricular Strategies and Instructional Models for High Ability Learners 3 EDG 508 Differentiating Instruction for Highly Capable Students 1 EDG 581 Field Study and Action Research (Minimum of 40 hours in a supervised setting, taken after completion of all required coursework. Complete in your district location or arrange with the supervisor.) 1 Electives Select one credit of coursework related to gifted education from an online or on campus class or approved conference. Electives are offered fall, spring and summer semesters. 1 credit minimum Portfolio Final assessment to demonstrate evidence of knowledge and skills to meet Washington state standards and competencies