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    Online Master of Arts Degree in Gifted Education

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Institutional Membership(s): SOC THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF THE ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET/ELECTRONIC CAMPUS

    Students whose legal residence in the following states: Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, upon admission may enroll at in-state tuition rates. Students must be certified by your home state ACM Coordinator. For information on the certification process please contact your state ACM Coordinator.
    PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Master of Arts - Master's Enrollment: 25 seats total Application Deadline: 3/15/2007 How Students and Instructors Communicate: E-mail, Online Assignment Submission, Threaded Discussion Board Subject: Education METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION
    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    This course uses Blackboard

     
    DESCRIPTION
    The Master's Degree in the Gifted Education program offers a 36 hour Master's Degree that features an individualized practicum in your own district, a flexible program schedule, and a portfolio in lieu of comprehensive examinations. Through the innovative use of technology, the USF Online Master's Degree in Gifted Education has made classes more accessible than ever. All gifted
    endorsement classes (EGI) and many foundations classes (EEX, EDF) are available through the internet.

    The Master's Degree in Gifted Education is designed to ensure that all graduates are prepared to be:
    1.Reflective practitioners, able to evaluate their own teachings and continuously learn from it.
    2.Collaborative professionals who work cooperatively with children, families, and other professionals.
    3.Affirming of diversity, capable of working sensitivity and productively with a wide range of abilities, cultures and societal influences representative of today's society.
    4.Professional, ethical, competent and knowledgeable of theory and research as evidence by "best practices" of gifted education.
     
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    Participants will be required to make weekly postings to a bulletin board and turn in required assignments. Although all students are different, the university generally indicates that graduate students should anticipate spending approximately the same amount of time in preparation for a course as they do in the course. Students with varying degrees of computer proficiency (from novice to expert) have all been successful in mastering the minimal technical needs of taking an online course.
     
    TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
    Students enrolled in online courses at USF must have an active USF e-mail account, a USF NetID, and reliable Internet access. You may check whether or not your browser is compatible with the software used for distance education at the academic computing web site.
    ACCESS TO LEARNING RESOURCES
    A NetID, available to enrolled USF students at https://my.usf.edu allows students to access learning resources online, including the USF Library.
    Library Services 813-974-2729;vlcomments@lib.usf.edu.
    USF Bookstore Toll-Free: 1-800-873-8114.
    ACCESS TO FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
    Financial aid opportunities can be discussed with your program advisor. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 813-974-4700 for exceptions and the names of private lenders. Check the website for additional information. In order to be considered a full time graduate student for financial aid purposes ,a student must taken 9 semester hours of graduate level work per semester.

    SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Students enrolled in on line courses at USF must have an active USF e-mail account, a USF NetID, and reliable Internet access. These services are available to USF students at https://my.usf.edu.
    SPECIAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    The Master's Degree in the Gifted Education program offers a 36 hour Master's Degree that features an individualized practicum in your own district, a flexible program schedule, and a portfolio in lieu of comprehensive examinations.

    EGI 5051 Nature and Needs of the Gifted
    EGI 5325 Theory and Development of Creativity
    EGI 6232 Advanced Educational Strategies for the Gifted
    EGI 6416 Consultation, Counseling & Guidance for Gifted Students
    EDF 6481 Foundations of Educational Research
    EGI 6936 Seminar in Special Populations of Gifted Students
    EEX 6222 Advanced Psychoeducational Assessment of
    Exceptional Students
    EEX 6939 Advanced Seminar in Special Education

    Electives (6 hours)
    EGI 6943 Supervised Practicum in Gifted Education: Level I
    EGI 6943 Supervised Practicum in Gifted Education: Level II
    For information about the Gifted Education Masters program, send an e-mail to shaunessy@coedu.usf.edu or call 813-974-7007.


     
    ACCESS TO ADVISING/MENTORING SERVICES
    Academic advising will be provided through e-mail, phone, fax, and regular mail.
     
    SPECIAL TRANSFER POLICIES
    Foundations courses and electives may be transferred in from other universities (up to 6 hours), with advisor approval. For information about about credit transfers to the Gifted Education Masters program, send an e-mail to shaunessy@coedu.usf.edu or call (813) 974-7007.
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    Courses are delivered through Blackboard. Email and Internet capabilities are required. The online courses are based on a traditional semester calendar and are not independent study. Participants are required to make weekly postings and to interact with others online through a course website. Students with varying degrees of
    computer proficiency (from novice to expert) have all been successful in mastering the minimal technical needs of taking an online course.
     
    SPECIAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
    Participants are not required to attend any on-campus meetings. Mid-term and final exams for EDF 6481 Foundations of Educational Research may be arranged in the student's local area with a proctor.
    SPECIAL PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
    Admission requirements are:
    (1) An earned bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a
    regionally accredited college or university,
    (2) GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a GRE of 1000. Beginning Fall 06, GRE requirements are Verbal-550, AW-3.5, Quantitative-520.
    (3) Evidence of successful professional experiences with children
    (4) Submission of two letters of recommendation
    (5) Statement of professional goals
    (6) Copy of professional teaching certificate
    (7) Evidence of current teaching position in a K-12 setting
     
    OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
    none

     


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