Cleveland State University's online program in Gifted and Talented Learners is designed for previously certified/licensed teachers who are seeking any of the following:
- An endorsement as an intervention specialist to teach gifted and talented learners
- A master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in gifted education
- Professional development to improve their practice working with high-ability students
Those who complete the endorsement or master’s degree will be eligible to work as gifted intervention specialists, gifted consultants, and/or gifted coordinators in many school districts.
The multi-dimensional program includes:
- Training to better understand and meet the academic and social-emotional needs of diverse gifted learners (e.g., culturally and linguistically diverse, females, twice-exceptional, underachievers, etc.).
- Developing the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to create high-quality curriculum and lesson plans based on best practices in the field
- Collaborating with children's families and other professionals
- Understanding the continuum of services from which teachers and schools can choose to meet the needs of gifted, talented, high achieving and high performing students in a variety of settings
Our program has rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time!
Students seeking the endorsement or master’s degree need to submit the following information to be admitted to the program:
- Application Form
- Application Fee (see Step 2)
- Transcripts from any institution where you received a four-year degree or higher (see Step 3)
- Evidence of one of the following criteria:
- Undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.75 (3.0 if the baccalaureate degree is more than six years old at the time of application)
- Completion of 12 or more semester credits of Cleveland State graduate coursework (including EDB 601) AND received a grade of B- or better in EDB 601 with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0
- A score at the 50th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test or on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of Graduate Record Examination
If you are interested in professional development only, or do not meet the criteria listed above, please contact the program coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) to guide you through the next steps.
Courses start at the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
^ To receive the endorsement, the state of Ohio now requires you to pass an OAE test (Gifted Education 053). You must provide evidence that you have passed this test before CSU can approve your endorsement.
* Without access to an identified gifted student, their family, and other staff from your school district, this course cannot be completed.
+ Without a group of students identified by ODE standards, the Practicum cannot be completed. Students may be identified in any of the approved areas.
~ Without a group of students identified as gifted and/or high ability, the Action Research Project cannot be completed.
According to the Graduate/Master’s Fee Schedule, a credit hour costs $556.35 (+$25 eLearning fee), which means the 19-credit-hour endorsement costs roughly $11,000 and the 30-credit-hour master's degree costs roughly $17,500 (based on my calculations—please click the link for detailed information).
PLEASE NOTE: ALL RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. THE TUITION AND FEE INFORMATION PROVIDED HERE IS NOT INTENDED TO BE COMPREHENSIVE AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING AN ACTION BY THE BOARD OR THE OHIO LEGISLATURE. CHANGES BECOME EFFECTIVE ON THE DATE OF ENACTMENT. THIS INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED ONLY AS A GUIDE FOR ESTIMATING TUITION AND FEES. YOUR ACTUAL COSTS MAY DIFFER BASED ON RESIDENCY, PROGRAM, CREDIT HOUR ENROLLMENT, ETC.
This program is designed for experienced/licensed teachers to gain further qualifications and skills for working with gifted and talented learners. As noted previously, those who complete the endorsement or master’s degree will be eligible to work as gifted intervention specialists, gifted consultants, and/or gifted coordinators in many school districts.
Participation in the program enhances skills in classroom teaching, administrative decision-making, individualized intervention, and collaboration and leadership skills within the broader educational community.
Some of the local institutions that hire graduates include Cleveland Heights School District, Cleveland School District, Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, and Parma City Schools.