The Gifted Education track in the Teacher Leadership MEd program is designed to meet the advanced knowledge and skill needs of educators who teach diverse gifted and talented students.
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The Gifted Education track in the Master of Education Teacher Leadership program requires 15-18 credit hours of core courses, including completion of a capstone research project or thesis. In addition, students take 18 credit hours of specialization courses.
Required Courses—33-36 Credit Hours
Core—15-18 Credit Hours
- EDG 6935 Introductory Seminar in Teacher Leadership* (3 credit hours)
- EDG 6223 Curriculum Theory, Organization and Policy (3 credit hours)
- EDF 6472 Data-Driven Decision Making for Instruction** (3 credit hours)
- EDF 6233 Introduction to Action Research and Analysis of Classroom Practice** (3 credit hours)
- EDF 6635 Action Research and Inquiry in Teacher Leadership** (3 credit hours) or IDS 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)
* Must be taken in first semester in the program.
** Prerequisites for enrolling in Capstone. Student completes either a Capstone Research Project or Thesis at the end of the program. EDF 6635 id offered in spring semester only.
Specialization—18 Credit Hours
- EDF 6259 Learning Theories Applied to Leadership in Teaching Practice (3 credit hours)
- EGI 6051 Understanding the Gifted/Talented Student (3 credit hours)
- EGI 6245 Program Planning and Methodology for Gifted/Talented Students (3 credit hours)
- EGI 6246 Education of Special Populations of Gifted Students (3 credit hours)
- EGI 6417 Guidance and Counseling Strategies for Teachers of Gifted and Talented Individuals (3 credit hours)
- EGI 6305 Theory and Development of Creativity (3 credit hours)
INDEPENDENT LEARNINGThe MEd requires a course-based action research study and completion of a capstone experience (research report or thesis).
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Evidence of eligibility for a professional teaching certificate in Florida in related area.
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
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Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.