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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
—Gifted & Talented

Online Degree Overview

Don Finn, Ph.D.
Concentration Chair

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) is designed to prepare educators to develop and deliver effective instructional opportunities for diverse students in various learning settings including public, private, higher education, and the workplace. Our Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) approved Gifted and Talented concentration is designed to equip teachers and administrators with a deeper understanding of the unique needs of gifted students, and how to develop appropriate curriculum, instruction, and assessment activities. The program requires the add-on Gifted Education Endorsement for those holding a Virginia teaching license.* Please note that a required 45-hour practicum takes place during the second spring semester of the program. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with their school administration regarding the practicum requirement and its fulfillment as a contracted school employee.

*Those from outside of Virginia should check with their state department of education for endorsement requirements.

Master's in Curriculum and Instruction
—Gifted and Talented Highlights

Courses: View Course Sequence & Descriptions
Length: 35 credit hours. May be completed in 18-24 months.
Format: Courses offered entirely online via Blackboard. One core course offered on campus each semester. Students may begin the program in the fall, spring or summer semester.
Results: Master of Education degree with concentration in Gifted and Talented Education and optional add-on Gifted Education Endorsement.
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Other Concentration Areas: Adult Education | Christian School | Teacher Leader

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Career Opportunities

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction will prepare you for leadership positions such as department head, content specialist, lead teacher, or curriculum developer. Those employed in school system or higher education administration, corporate, and non-profit settings will also benefit from this degree.

Master's in Curriculum and Instruction—Gifted and Talented graduates will be able to:

  • Understand the history, definitions, identification methods, characteristics and needs of gifted learners.
  • Be able to modify, create and evaluate curriculum through differentiation and tiered assessments.
  • Identify and incorporate appropriate educational models and instructional strategies for use with gifted learners.
  • Have a working understanding of the development of gifted individuals over the lifespan from a cognitive, psychosocial, and physiological perspective.
  • Evaluate appropriate learning activities and assessments that include cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills and attributes.