Course of Study
Yearly Course Schedule
Timing of Individual Courses
Graduate students must always take SPED 753 first and SPED 756 last in the series of four courses for the Advanced Certificate degree.
SPED 753, "Understanding and Identifying Gifted Learners" is always taught in the fall and summer semesters.
SPED 756, "Professional Discourse: Program Evaluation and Leadership," is always taught in the spring and summer semesters.
Courses SPED 754 and SPED 755 are "interchangeable" in timing. They do not have to be taken in numerical order.
SPED 754, "Differentiation of the Curriculum," is being taught in the Fall 2012 semester. It is always offered in the summer.
SPED 755, "Assessment and Differentiation of Instruction," is being taught in Spring 2013. It is always offered in the summer.
FALL/SPRING/SUMMER 2012-2013 Course Schedule
Summer 2012: SPED 753, SPED 754, SPED 755, & SPED 756
Fall 2012: SPED 753 & SPED 754
Spring 2013: SPED 755 & SPED 756
Summer courses are taught in our Summer Institute for Gifted Education during a 6-week summer session. Please visit the Summer Institute 2013 section of this website for information.
Please read below for course descriptions.
All courses are taught at the Hunter College Campus Schools, 71 E. 94th St. and Park Ave. Each fall and spring, two courses are taught once a week on two different days from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Understanding and Identifying Gifted Learners: Individual and Developmental Diversity
3 credits; 10 field hours. Permission of Gifted Program Coordinator, if not a Special Education graduate student. SPED graduate students (who are not in the gifted program) must take SPED 753 as a pre- or co-requisite for SPED 754 and SPED 755.
An overview of major questions and issues in the field, including: What is intelligence? What is creativity? What is giftedness? How do we measure these qualities? Focus on the urban context, incorporating rich cultural, social, political and educational resources, and developing expertise in educating gifted and talented students from a broad range of backgrounds.
Differentiating Curriculum for Gifted and Talented Learners
3 credits; 10 field hours. Prerequisite: SPED 753. Permission of the Gifted Program Coordinator, if not a Special Education graduate student. SPED grad students (who are not in the gifted program) must also take SPED 753 as a pre- or co-requisite for SPED 754.
Consideration of a wide range of curricular options appropriate for meeting diverse gifted learning needs from early childhood through Grade 12. Examination and analysis of a variety of placement options, from the regular classroom to the full-time gifted school.
Assessment and Instruction for Diversely Gifted Learners
3 credits; 20 field hours. Prerequisite (during academic year) or Co-requisite (during summer session): SPED 753. Permission of the Gifted Program Coordinator, if not a Special Education graduate student. SPED grad students (who are not in the gifted program) must also take SPED 753 as a pre- or co-requisite for SPED 755.
Supervised Learning Lab experience involving scaffolded assessment, diagnosis, and associated curriculum differentiation for diversely gifted learners, including those with learning and emotional problems, physical disabilities, and special abilities. Includes writing and implementing Individual Education Plans.
Professional Discourse and Leadership in Gifted Education
3 credits; 10 field hours. Pre-requisites: SPED 753 & SPED 754. Pre- or co-requisite: SPED 755.
Collaborative models of professional development and program evaluation in gifted education. Major issues and leadership concerns in the field, e.g., including underrepresented populations and integrating gifted practices school-wide and system-wide. Students investigate public policy and participate in advocacy for gifted education.
The Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education is a degree program. Hunter College graduate students may not enroll in two degree programs simultaneously. If Hunter College Masters students outside the department of Special Education wish to enroll in some gifted education courses, then they must receive permission from their adviser and from the Gifted Education Program Coordinator.
In addition, students who plan to apply for the Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education degree after they complete their Masters must contact Dr. Elissa Brown, the Program Coordinator, before applying to the program to receive important information about the process.
Contact Dr. Elissa Brown Gifted Program Coordinator, for details: