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Students seeking a s 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 460/560 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.

 

MASTER'S PROGRAM
Applicants interested in the master’s program in Special Education with an emphasis in 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. These letters should be sent to the department;

(d) a letter of intent (describe reasons for pursuing a master's degree);

(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 with an emphasis in 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) a national standardized achievement/aptitude 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. These letters should be sent to the department;

(d) a letter of intent (describe reasons for pursuing a specialist degree);

(e) a professional resume;

(f) a copy of license.

DOCTORAL PROGRAM
Admission to the doctoral program in Special Education with an emphasis in 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) a national standardized achievement/aptitude test 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. These letters should be sent to the department;

(d) a letter of intent (describe reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree);

(e) a professional resume;

(f) a copy of license.

 

For additional information, contact

Dr. Frances A. Karnes, Director
The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #8207
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
(601) 266-5236 Phone · (601) 266-4764 Fax