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Southern Miss Offers Undergraduate, Graduate Gifted Education Courses PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Contact David Tisdale, 601.266.4499   

The University of Southern Mississippi will offer five courses this summer in gifted education for individuals seeking certification or a graduate degree in the area of gifted education, and may be taken to fulfill partial graduate degree requirements. 

The courses include:

*Characteristics of the Gifted and Talented (SPE 460/560) 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 in this course.

*Methods and Materials in Teaching the Gifted (SPE 661) includes instructional models, methodologies, and material appropriate for students. Learning styles, writing and evaluating instructional units, public relations strategies, and sources of funding are included.

*Curricula Development in Gifted Education (SPE 662) includes necessary steps for curriculum development and evaluation of gifted education. Differentiated models, advanced content areas and process skills are also addressed.

*Programming for the Atypical Gifted Student (SPE 663) 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.

*Practicum Gifted (SPE 664, taken twice for the masters degree) 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.

For additional information, contact The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at 601.266.5236 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

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