Education Programs for Teachers

Admissions

Students seeking a degree in Special Education must adhere to the guidelines as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin and must have or be eligible for a Mississippi class A standard license, or its equivalent, in the area of study.

Students who are presently certified in Mississippi at the bachelor’s level in special education, not by alternative route or add-on licensure, must provide evidence that the following prerequisites have been successfully completed:   SPE 400 or equivalent coursework and professionally appropriate experience with gifted education.

Certification in Gifted Education

Specific training for teachers is offered to those needing certification in the area of gifted education. The following five graduate courses are required for certification:

SPE 560 Characteristics of the Gifted and Talented

This course, offered in the summer semester, includes characteristics, educational options, assessment and referral procedures, and legal issues. Teacher attributes and competencies, family characteristics, and local, state, and national issues are also addressed.

SPE 661 Methods and Materials in Teaching the Gifted

This course, offered in the summer semester, includes instructional models, methodologies, and material appropriate for students. Learning styles, writing and evaluting instructional units, public relations strategies, and sources of funding are included.

SPE 662 Curricula Development for the Gifted

This course, offered in the summer semester, includes necessary steps for curriculum development and evaluation of gifted education. Differentiated models, advanced content areas, and process skills are also addressed.

SPE 663 Programming for the Atypical Gifted

This course, offered in the summer semester, encompasses the assessment and identification, characteristics, and delivery of services for diverse groups within gifted education including the culturally diverse, rural, disabled, female, low socioeconomic, underachievers, and highly gifted populations.

SPE 664 Practicum Gifted

This course, offered in the spring and summer semesters, is a supervised practicum with gifted students in a variety of instructional settings. The development of appropriate instruction, attention to individual differences, and evaluation of student progress are also included.

 These courses are writing and research intensive according to the APA manual 6th edition. Graduate portfolios must be submitted for graduation on July 15 of the semester the student intends to graduate.

MASTER'S PROGRAM
Applicants interested in the master’s program in Special Education in the area of Gifted Education must meet the following criteria:

(a) an academic record reflecting a superior grade point average on previous graduate work. Recently, students regularly admitted to a master's program in Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education have obtained average GPAs of 3.25 (figured on a scale where A equals 4.0) on previous graduate course work;

(b) results from a national standardized achievement/aptitude test predictive of the ability to complete a graduate program successfully.  These include the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Praxis II.

(c) three letters of recommendation from professionals in the field of education who are qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study,letters should state why the writer thinks the student would be a sucessful teacher of the gifted. These letters should be sent to the department;

(d) a letter of intent - minimum of three pages (describe your reasons for pursuing a master's degree and your general philosophy of education with information on what you already know about gifted education)

(e) a professional resume;

(f) a copy of license.

SPECIALIST PROGRAM
To be considered for regular admission to a specialist’s program in Special Education in the area of Gifted Education, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

(a) an academic record reflecting a superior grade point average on previous graduate work. Recently, students regularly admitted to a master's program in Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education have obtained average GPAs of 3.25 (figured on a scale where A equals 4.0) on previous graduate course work;

(b) results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Praxis II test predictive of the ability to complete a specialist's program successfully ;

(c) three letters of recommendation from professionals in the field of education who are qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study,letters should state why the writer thinks the student would be a sucessful teacher of the gifted. These letters should be sent to the department;

(d) a letter of intent  - minimum of three pages (describe reasons for pursuing a specialist degree and your general philosophy of education with information on what you already know about gifted education)

(e) a professional resume;

(f) a copy of license.

DOCTORAL PROGRAM

Admission to the doctoral program in Special Education in the area of Gifted Education, requires that the applicant meet the following criteria:

(a) an academic record reflecting a superior grade point average on previous graduate work. Recently, students regularly admitted to a doctoral program in Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education have obtained average GPAs of 3.50 (figured on a scale where A equals 4.0) on previous graduate course work;

(b) results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Praxis II predictive of the ability to complete a doctoral program successfully

(c) three letters of recommendation from professionals in the field of education who are qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study,letters should state why the writer thinks the student would be a sucessful teacher of the gifted. These letters should be sent to the department;

(d) a letter of intent - minimum of three pages (describe reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree and your general philosophy of education with information on what you already know about gifted education);

(e) a professional resume;

(f) a copy of license.

 

For additional information, contact

Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education

J.B. George Building (JBG), 143
118 College Drive, #5057
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Phone: 601.266.5247
Fax: 601.266.4548

or 

Dr. Pola Jakacki
Interim Director
J.B. George Building (JBG) 133
118 College Drive #5123
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Phone: 601.266.5236
Fax: 601.266.4764
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