Earn your state-approved employment standard in gifted education as you learn how to better serve intellectually gifted students in your classroom.
You’re an educator, so you already know that each student has different learning needs. Our rich introductory program of courses in gifted education will give you credentials to go beyond general education and pour into a demographic whose broad intellectual capacities thrive under special enrichment and accelerated academics.
Learn from our top-ranked faculty who have contributed largely to the national conversation around gifted education with research, publication and advocacy. Gather diverse perspectives on approaches to gifted learning with instruction from psychologists, educators and scholars.
When you’re finished, you’ll join an elite group of teachers with the training to recognize and serve gifted students in the classroom. Make a difference in developing the next generation of leaders and creative visionaries.
- Online application
- $50 application fee
- Personal statement
- Explain your goals and your purpose for pursuing a graduate education degree at Lipscomb University in a concise, clear essay (1-2 pages).
- Official transcripts
- One letter of recommendation
Courses are co-taught by Dr. Megan Parker Peters and Dr. Emily Mofield, co-recipients of the international Hollingsworth award for excellence in research in gifted education. Both instructors hold leadership positions with the National Association for Gifted Children and have been recognized by the Tennessee Association for the Gifted for excellence in teaching and serving gifted learners.
Characteristics & Needs of Gifted Learners: This course is intended to serve as an introduction to gifted learners and gifted education. This course is designed to offer a basic introduction to the characteristics, terminology, theories, and specific needs of intellectually gifted students. Students will learn about the historical context of gifted education on a state and national level in addition to the larger theories that guide the field of gifted education. Characteristics, identification, and developmental features of gifted learners will be major topics and will include attention to diverse and underrepresented groups.
**Completion of this course provides the necessary training to be considered an IEP team member with training in gifted characteristics.
Curriculum, Planning, and Instruction for Gifted Learners: This course provides an understanding of curriculum development for gifted learners. Curriculum models, instructional planning, instructional strategies, curriculum design, and differentiation for gifted learners will be explored. Students will have opportunities to plan lessons, evaluate resources, and modify curricula for gifted learners.
To best accommodate the schedules of educators and practitioners who might have interest in this program, our courses are offered over the summer.
Tuition & Aid
- $953 per credit hour
- 26% in-service scholarship for educators (Employment Standard)
As you give back to the community, Lipscomb University wants to give back to you. The College of Education offers significant scholarships to current educators and administrators. Those pursuing career as a teacher, you're not left out either! Check out the following information to see if you qualify for scholarships.
All completed applications should be mailed to:
College of Education
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204