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Master of Education in Gifted & Talented Learners

Cleveland State University's specialization in Gifted and Talented Learners is designed for previously certified/licensed teachers seeking an endorsement as an intervention specialist to teach gifted and talented learners. In addition, this degree or credential may allow teachers to work as Gifted Coordinators in many school districts. The multi-dimensional program provides training in meeting the needs of a broad range of gifted learners including culturally diverse children, females, those with dual exceptionalities (LD/Gifted, ADD/Gifted, etc.), underachievers, and those with special talents. The program provides opportunities for interested individuals to develop knowledge and skills in cultivating creativity and dealing with children's families and other professionals regarding gifted issues.

Graduates are adept at understanding the continuum of services from which teachers and schools can choose to meet the needs of gifted, talented, high achieving and high performing students in a variety of settings. The entire Gifted and Talented Program is available online.

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Department of Curriculum & Foundations
Phone: 216.687.4577
cf@csuohio.edu

Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • For all programs that do not lead to a teaching license through the Ohio Department of Education, candidates must have a score at the 50th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test or on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of Graduate Record Examination. However, a student applying for any program except Counseling is exempt from this requirement if:
     
    • The baccalaureate degree is less than six years old at the time of application AND the undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is at least 2.75; OR
    • The baccalaureate degree is more than six years old at the time of application AND the undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is at least 3.0; OR
    • The student has completed twelve or more semester credits of Cleveland State graduate course work (including EDB 601  or HPR 601 ) AND received a grade of B- or better in EDB 601  or HPR 601  with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 and grades of B or better in the other courses.
  • To be admitted to a teaching licensure program in the College of Education and Human Services as a graduate student, all candidates must satisfy the following requirements:
    • Test requirement.  Candidates must receive acceptable scores within the past six years on one of the following content knowledge tests, demonstrating performance in approximately the top 50% of the national distribution:
      • ACT: math 20, reading 20, English 20
      • SAT:  math 510, reading 500, writing 490
      • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE):  math 150, reading 156, writing 162
      • GRE:  quantitative 152, verbal 151, writing 3.5
      • Miller Analogies Test: 50th percentile rank for total group
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better. 
      • Candidates admitted as a non-degree graduate student must earn a GPA of 3.0 or above after completing 12 graduate credit hours, including EDB 601, and satisfying all other licensure program admissions to be admitted into a licensure program.
    • Proficiency in math and English at the college level.
      • Grade of B- or better in a college level math and college level English class.   (Candidates for the Chinese language teaching licensure are required to satisfy the program's TOEFL admission requirements in lieu of this requirement.)
    • Background check. 
      • All prospective licensure candidates must pay for an initial BCI/FBI check at the time of their initial visit to the Education Student Services Center (except for MUST and international students, who are required to have a BCI/FBI check prior to starting their first field experience).  Throughout their licensure program, candidates are required to pay for and complete additional BCI/FBI fingerprinting checks to ensure that a valid report is always on file with the Office of Field Services as required for field placement. Prospective candidates with criminal records indicating convicted offenses considered by the Ohio Department of Education to be "absolute bars" to licensure will be denied acceptance to the college and any registration permissions for subsequent semesters will be revoked.  Prospective candidates with criminal records indicating convicted offenses eligible for rehabilitation will be referred to the Ohio Department of Education Office of Professional Conduct to determine whether they will be able to obtain a teaching license.
    • Post-baccalaureate and graduate candidates who complete all academic content courses prior to CSU professional course work (e.g. adolescent/young adult or middle grades licensure areas) must take and pass the relevant Ohio Assessments for Educators content knowledge assessment prior to admission.  Candidates who need to take content courses at Cleveland State are allowed to take content knowledge assessments prior to student teaching.

-International students are required to have met at least one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 (including at least 20 in reading, 21 in listening, 17 in writing, and 20 in speaking)
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550
  • IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): 50
  • iTEP: 5.0

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates:

  • Domestic Students
    • Rolling
  • International Students
    • Fall Semester - May 15th
    • Spring Semester - October 15th
    • Summer Semester - March 15th

 

Program Requirements

  • EDB 601 - Educational Research
  • Select one of the following courses:
    • EDB 604 - Social Issues & Education
    • EDB 606 - Philosophy of Education
    • EDB 608 - School & Society In The American Past
    • EDB 609 - Comparative & International Education
    • EGT 512 - Nature and Develpment Needs of Learners with Gifts and Talents
  • EDB 612 - Curriculum Theory & Instruction
  • EGT 513 - Curriculum, Teaching Strat & Eval Learners with Gifts & Talents
  • EGT 517 - Creativity, Inquiry & Productive Thinking
  • EGT 518 - Work with Students with Gifts and Talents, Their Families and other Professionals
  • EGT 519 - Using Computers with Students with Gifts & Talents
  • EGT 580 - Practicum in Gifted and Talented Education
  • EGT 582 - Action Research in Gifted Education

  A teacher action research study in this course completed with a grade of B or better.

  • EGT 512 - Nature and Develpment Needs of Learners with Gifts & Talents
  • EGT 513 - Curriculum,Tching Strat & Eval Learners with Gifts & Talents
  • EGT 517 - Creativity, Inquiry & Productive Thinking
  • EGT 518 - Work with Students with Gifts and Talents, Their families and other Professionals
  • EGT 519 - Using Computers with Students with Gifts & Talents
  • EGT 580 - Practicum in Gifted and Talented Education
Did You Know?

Approximately 3 million students are identified as gifted across the country, and more than 8,000 gifted education teachers work with them.

National Association for Gifted Children

 

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Career Outcomes

  • This program is designed for experienced/licensed teachers to gain further qualifications and skills for working with gifted and talented learners. 
  • Participation in the program enhances skills in classroom teaching, counseling, administrative decision-making, and individualized intervention, as well as collaboration and leadership skills within the broader educational community.
  • These are some of the local institutions that are hiring CSU grads: Cleveland Heights School District, Cleveland School District, Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, and Parma City Schools.