Certificate in Gifted Education Courses (Credit Hours in Parentheses)
CUI 4400 Nature and Needs of Gifted Learners (3)
Provides the foundational background necessary for understanding and working effectively with gifted and talented learners, including the nature and definition of giftedness; types of giftedness; the relationship of giftedness to intelligence and creativity; the relationship between giftedness and child, adolescent, and adult development; and the special educational needs of gifted learners.
CUI 4401 Psychological Aspects of Giftedness (3)
Focuses on the psychological development of gifted children and adolescents, including current cognitive and developmental theory; interaction between giftedness and social-environmental context; and implications of the psychology of giftedness for education. Specific topics include the psychological needs of gifted individuals; exceptionally gifted individuals; perfectionism; underachievement; stress; gender-related issues; and motivation.
CUI 4402 Curriculum for Gifted Learners (3)
Emphasizes both the conceptual foundations and field practice in the design and development of curriculum especially for gifted and talented students. Includes theories, models, and processes for curriculum modification and curriculum design; strategies for adapting educational content, process, product, and learning environment based on the educational characteristics and needs of gifted learners; including curriculum compacting, integrated curriculum, independent study, and project-and-problem-based learning and assessment.
CUI 4403 Instructional Strategies for Gifted Learners (3)
Focuses on models and strategies for teaching gifted and talented learners, and on instructional decision-making based on matching instructional approaches to the salient learning characteristics and needs of gifted students. Includes specific emphasis on classroom-based differentiated instruction; individualized programming; flexible grouping strategies; acceleration approaches; dialogue and questioning strategies; enrichment programming and instructional responsiveness to the affective needs of gifted learners; and assessment methods. Will include field assignment.
CUI 4404 Twice-Exceptional Student (3)
Provides foundational concepts and practical strategies for recognizing and serving gifted students with learning challenges. Emphasis is placed on understanding and addressing the special academic and socio-emotional needs of these students. Specific topics include the visual/spatial learner, gifted students with ADD/ADHD, profoundly underachieving gifted students, gifted students with learning disabilities, Aspergers Syndrome, and gifted students with physical or sensory disabilities.
CUI 4405 Practicum in Gifted Education (1-3)
Affords students an opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge and experience in major competency areas listed in Colorado?s Gifted Specialist Endorsement standards, by requiring completion of an experience in three of five practicum areas (teaching, assessment, administration, research, and policy). Students submit a Practicum Proposal outlining intended practicum experiences to the faculty supervisor for approval.
CUI 4407 Current Issues in Gifted Education (3)
Emphasizes rationale for and implementation of multiple measures of identification of gifted learners. Includes strategies for culturally and ethnically diverse, linguistically different, and economically disadvantaged students. Specific topics include selection and utilization of various instruments, utilization of data to diagnose and prescribe, working with parents and other educators. Will include presentations from various representatives from the field.
CUI 4408 Creativity: Theory and Practice (3)
Provides an understanding of (1) the conceptual foundations and definitions of creativity, (2) how intelligence, creativity, and non-intellective factors are related to the constructs of giftedness, (3) documented brain research, (4) the identification of and appropriate programming for creative individuals, and (5) the multiple perspectives and manifestations of creativity.
CUI 4410 Program Development, Leadership and Communication in Gifted Ed (3)
Focuses on program development and leadership in gifted education. Includes strategies for working effectively in partnership with the student, parents, guardians, classroom teachers and administrators in the delivery of programs and services, ongoing evaluation of the effect of various program options and instructional strategies. specific topics include monitoring, accessing and evaluating ongoing programs, planning professional development activities for increasing knowledge and skills of regular classroom teachers and identification and reduction of discrepancies between actual academic achievement and exceptional ability.