The M.Ed. program in Gifted Education prepares exemplary professionals to provide leadership in gifted education, as well as meet gifted certification requirements. The M.Ed. in Gifted Education is offered 100% online. It is designed to help students achieve their academic and career goals on their schedule. The online courses mimic the on-campus atmosphere by providing students with a learning environment in which they can collaborate and interact with the professor and their peers.
Interested students may also complete their practicum experience over the course of two weeks in the summer at Converse, working with gifted students in grades 1-5 through the Athena summer camp program.
In 2020, Converse College was recognized as a top-ranked institution in the Southeast offering the best online Master’s in Gifted and Talented Education Degree Programs by Intelligent.com.
The M.Ed. in Gifted Education consists of 36 hours and includes courses focused on the nature of gifted learners, the needs of the gifted, challenges faced by gifted, curriculum development for gifted learners, and instruction of gifted learners. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
M.Ed. in Gifted Education Courses:
EDU500f MEd Clinical: Teacher Work Sample
EDU500g MEd Clinical: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
EDU526: Identification and Other Issues in Gifted Ed
EDU582f: Practicuum in Curriculum for the Gifted
EDU582h: Practicuum in Instruction for the Gifted
EDU591: Nature and Needs of the Gifted
EDU592: Curriculum and Instruction for the Gifted
EDU593: Advanced Curriculum Practices for the Gifted
EDU594: Special Topics in Gifted Education Portfolio
EDU619a: Theories and Designs in Action Research
EDU619b Action Research: Implementation
A combination of 6 additional credits in education, special education, liberal arts, or music courses at the 500 level or above.
For consideration of admission to the MEd in Gifted Education degree program, the applicant should have the following credentials:
- Graduation from an accredited institution.
- Grades indicating likelihood for success in graduate studies. For full, non-provisional admission, the applicant must have an overall cumulative 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale of college work.
- Certification in some area of teaching.
Applicants should submit the following materials:
- Completed online application, including the $40 application fee
- Two letters of recommendation (with at least one from an academic source)
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- NTE/Praxis II scores
- Copy of professional certification as an educator
- *A personal statement
*Converse College’s founder, Dexter Edgar Converse, held the ideal that Converse students “may be enabled to see clearly, decide wisely, and to act justly.” Please write a personal statement, approximately 250-300 words in length, on how your personal goals as an educator tie with the Converse concept of The “Ideal” Educator. In keeping with the Honor Tradition at Converse, your essay must be entirely your own work. Please be specific on how Converse can help you become the “Ideal” Educator, taking special care to organize your essay clearly and proofread your work. The personal statement should be submitted as a part of the application or emailed to the Office of Graduate Admission.