The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies on the campus of
The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating its 25th anniversary
in 2004. Over the past 25 years, the field of gifted education has
grown in many ways. The center has been an integral part of that
growth, providing a variety of advanced training opportunities for
educators in the field.
offers a wide variety of services to both regular and gifted education
teachers and others interested in the field. Teacher education programs
provide courses required for certification in gifted education.
In addition, graduate degree programs with an emphasis in gifted
education at the master's, specialist, and doctoral levels are offered.
have taken leadership positions in public and private school programs
for the gifted and at colleges and universities. Many of Dr. Karnes'
former doctoral students have co-authored professional journal articles,
books, book chapters, and assessment instruments with her.
courses are available to teachers desiring certification in gifted
and Education of Gifted Students"
includes characteristics, educational options, assessment and referral
procedures, and legal issues. Teacher attributes and competencies,
family characteristics, and local, state, and national issues are
and Materials in Teaching Gifted Students"
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.
Development in Gifted Education"
includes steps necessary for curriculum development and evaluation
of gifted education. Differentiated models, advanced content areas,
and process skills are also addressed.
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,
underachieving, and highly gifted populations.
with Gifted Students"
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
of these courses, teachers will be eligible for a gifted endorsement
to their current teaching certificate.
are available for teachers enrolled full time during the summer
semester and are working toward a graduate degree with an emphasis
area in gifted education. Scholarships in the amount of $500 are
available to applicants who have been accepted into a graduate degree
program in curriculum, instruction, and special education with an
emphasis in gifted education and who seek preparation for teaching
gifted students in specialized programs in elementary and secondary
schools or for college and university positions in the field of
gifted education. Two scholarship funds-- the Christopher J. Karnes
Gifted Education Memorial Fund and the Frances A. Karnes Endowed
Scholarship Fund--have been established at the graduate level at
Southern Miss through the generosity of many persons and groups.
Teachers are encouraged to apply early for graduate school and the
scholarships. Decisions will be made by a committee. Applications
for the scholarships are available through The Frances A. Karnes
Center for Gifted Studies.
A new course
is available to undergraduate pre-service teachers, titled "Instructional
Strategies for Teaching High Ability and Gifted Students within
Traditional Classrooms." This a practical course to help prepare
undergraduate education majors to meet the needs of gifted and talented
students in the regular classroom. Plans are underway to extend
this course offering to graduate students.
The Day of
Sharing for Teachers of the Gifted is a biannual conference attended
by gifted education teachers and administrators from across the
state. It is held in the fall and spring of each year and presents
practical, enlightening information geared to helping educators
enhance the quality of educational services offered to gifted and
For more information
on any of these programs and services or for a scholarship application,
or contact The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, 118
College Drive #8207, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001; (601) 266-5236
or 5246; (601) 266-4978 (fax); or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.