Curriculum & Foundations (C&F)

Welcome to the Gifted Education graduate program here at Cleveland State University. - Program Overview

Welcome to the Gifted Education graduate program here at Cleveland State University.

We offer an endorsement program for licensure as a gifted intervention specialist as well as a Curriculum and Foundations Master's degree with an emphasis on gifted education that includes the license. Our two basic introductory courses EGT 512 (exploring the nature and needs of gifted students) and EGT513 (curriculum, instruction and assessment for gifted and talented students) will be of value and useful to any educator since most gifted students spend most of their time in general education classrooms. Counselors as well as administrators (either at the building or the central office level) will find these courses useful professional development or as electives in other graduate programs.

Program Overview

The Gifted Education program at Cleveland State University provides program completers with an endorsement as an intervention specialist. Teachers enrolled in the program learn to:

  • meet the needs of gifted learners in a variety of classroom and school settings
  • understand and communicate the special talents of their students to other educators, parents, and community members
  • respond appropriately to the social, emotional, and intellectual diversity of gifted and talented learners
  • create challenging, responsive curriculum and programs that develop talent, extend creativity and problem-solving abilities, and enhance critical thinking

Completed during the practicum experience, a classroom research study serves as the exit requirement. Participants will identify a real-life problem in a school setting, integrate their knowledge and education of gifted and talented learners to develop a complex solution to the problem, and conduct research to examine the implementation of that solution.

The Gifted and Talented Program is right for many educators -- counselors, teachers in self-contained gifted and/or talented classrooms, teachers in inclusive classrooms, administrators, and any individual hoping to play a leadership role in the education of gifted and talented learners. Within the program, educators explore a variety of teaching strategies and curriculum designs, including differentiation and compacting, assessment techniques, communication and collaboration models, equitable identification processes, and technology infusion. Particular attention is paid to the distinct characteristics of gifted and talented learners and how to create classrooms, schools, and communities that nurture such students' development.

Faculty in the Gifted and Talented Program have extensive experience teaching gifted and talented learners and directing programs for these students, in addition to having a broad understanding of the research that informs the field. Faculty regularly attends the present papers at local, state, and national conferences and have attained widely-recognized reputations for their scholarship.