- On Campus
- 18 Credit Hours
- 12 Months
Spring 2024 Application Due | Classes start Jan. 8, 2024
Concordia University Chicago’s Gifted Teacher Subsequent Endorsement Program (18 credit hours) is designed for licensed educators, who currently hold an endorsement. Candidates interested in developing an understanding of and developing programs for High Achieving, Gifted and Talented Students. This program develops and refines teachers’ competencies in research-proven theory and instructional practice to meet the diverse, specialized needs of all learners in a variety of school settings. This course of study builds and strengthens a theoretical understanding of the foundations of Gifted Education while expanding the practical skills necessary to be successful as a teacher, and prepares educators to serve as teacher leaders in planning and implementing programs that address the specific needs of gifted and talented students.
This program provides a Gifted Teacher endorsement (for teachers who currently hold an endorsement in another area) that matches the grade level on the student’s existing Professional Educator’s License (PEL). This program prepares candidates to take the stated Gifted Teacher examination, Gifted Education 312.
Practicum: Field Experience. As part of the course of study, candidates will be required to complete a practicum. The practicum consists of an approved eight-week field experience in a P-12 setting that offers programs for gifted students. The field experience allows candidates opportunities to provide professional development, leadership, and to practice using instructional strategies and assessment materials as well as model an appropriate mindset for meeting the needs of students who are gifted or talented.
Candidates will demonstrate knowledge through learning experiences that allow them to incorporate skills aligned to theoretical and research-based practices necessary to develop classroom organization, management, planning, and teaching in a gifted field especially giving attention to serving students from diverse populations. The endorsement program will enable candidates to:
- Think critically and analytically about gifted education and the role gifted programs play in the development of students identified as gifted and talented.
- Develop curriculum and utilize instructional strategies that are differentiated and meet the learning needs of all students.
- Provide leadership in schools with gifted programs through program development and coaching.
- Promote an understanding of gifted learners and gifted education that leads to effective programming that includes: identification, assessment, technology, social and emotional learning, differentiated instructional practices, and productive learning environments.
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