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Gifted Education Institutes

Experience on-campus institutes that will help you grow as a professional and learn to address contemporary issues in gifted education. View upcoming institutes.

Professional Development Courses

Whether you are looking to add to your teaching toolkit or working on an endorsement and/or master's degree, Whitworth offers courses for professional development to help you meet your goals.

For more information, please contact the Whitworth Center for Gifted Education at 509.777.3226 or gifted@whitworth.edu.

Jan and Spring 2021

EDG 550A: Introduction to Gifted Education & Talented Development, Part I

This course is an introduction to the historical and philosophical context of gifted education and theories of intelligence; characteristics of gifted behaviors across cultures; an overview of curricular options for enhancing and accelerating instruction; and identification techniques.

  • One semester credit, $665
  • Online
  • Jan. 4-25, 2021

EDG 550B: Introduction to Gifted Education & Talented Development, Part II

This course is an introduction to program and curriculum models; creative development, traits and processes; underachievement, cultural diversity and economic disadvantage; affective and counseling needs; advocacy; and program evaluation. Students must complete EDG 550A before taking EDG 550B.

  • Two semester credits, $1,330
  • Online
  • Feb. 11-March 26, 2021

EDG 551: Social & Emotional Components of Giftedness

This course will explore current research and material relevant to the social and emotional issues that may arise for gifted and talented students, specifically their affective growth and potential adjustment concerns. This course is designed for teachers and counselors of the gifted to help them understand the cognitive complexity and emotional intensity of high ability students while also acquiring strategies to help them serve this special population. 

  • Two semester credits, $1,330
  • Online
  • March 29-May 21, 2021

Summer 2021

EDG 555: Designing High-Quality Gifted Education Programs & Services

High-quality gifted programs are based on sound theoretical, philosophical and empirical support, but what are the characteristics of exemplary programs? This course provides an overview of program models used in the field of gifted education – how to design comprehensive services; maintain ongoing support for services; identify and assess students; establish productive relationships with faculty and administration; and provide professional development. Participants will be given the opportunity to assess their current practices or design new practices to improve the quality of their gifted education programs and practices.

  • Three semester credits, $1,995
  • Online
  • June 7-July 30, 2021

EDG 508: Differentiating Instruction for Highly Capable Students

This course is designed to help students learn approaches to design differentiated curriculum and instructional strategies in all content areas to meet the needs of gifted students in today's classrooms. Differentiation by content, process, product and assessment using current research-based practices will be addressed and applied.

  • One semester credit, $665
  • Online
  • June 16-July 23, 2021

EDG 517: Identifying & Developing the Talents of ELL Gifted Students

English-language learners (ELLs) are often underrepresented in programs that serve gifted and talented students due to a myriad of reasons, including teacher perceptions/biases, lack of staff  training, lack of communication, inappropriate assessments, and inadequate opportunities for talent development. This course examines the causes of underrepresentation of gifted ELL students in gifted  programs and explores recommendations for developing the talents and potential of these students. 

  • One semester credit, $665
  • Online
  • June 16-July 23, 2021

EDG 540: Improving the Teaching of Thinking

Whether in professional careers or daily life, contemporary society is increasingly in need of individuals proficient at good thinking – including problem solving skills, critical reasoning, creativity and analysis, to name a few. If we, as a society, are in need of citizens with such skills, then as educators within that society it is our responsibility to do everything possible to nurture and develop those capabilities in students. This course will prepare educators to be both role models of good thinking and developers of such skills in students. The major purpose of this course is to study the theoretical and practical aspects of thinking skills instruction. Participants will learn how to prepare and deliver lessons that incorporate thinking skills instruction within the disciplines they teach. Participants will develop a grade level specific taxonomy of thinking skills, apply strategies that teach of, for and about thinking, and organize a unit of instruction using a framework that promotes the use of thinking as students move toward enduring understandings.

  • Two semester credits, $1,330
  • Online
  • June 21-Aug. 6, 2021