36-credit hour program includes the five courses required for the Florida Endorsement in Gifted Education as well as courses in foundations of research, classroom assessment, issues in the education of students with exceptionalities, and a supervised practicum.
15-hour program (5 classes). This is an add-on endorsement, available to students who have previously earned initial teaching credentials; upon completion individuals may apply to the Florida Department of Education for the add-on endorsement.
What is Giftedness? How might it manifest in different people in different ways?
These are some of the conceptual starting points that practicing teachers enrolled in the program will explore. They include a look into twelve specific traits that are considered by some experts to be representative of giftedness, outside of IQ alone.
Our program prepares educators to:
Drs. Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick and Linda Evans, were co-principal investigators of Project REACH, a grant awarded through the Jacob A. Javits Gifted Education Program Act. The first of its kind awarded to the COEDU and the first awarded to an institution of higher learning in Florida, the grant provided opportunities for learners in Title I schools, who have been historically underrepresented in gifted education programs, to benefit from a differentiated reading approach. To read about findings from the project, please see
Shaunessy-Dedrick, E., Evans, L., Ferron, J., & Lindo, M. (2015, In Press). Effects of a differentiated reading approach among gifted and general education students. Gifted Child Quarterly.