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M.A.E. in Gifted Education and Talent Development


M.A.E in Gifted Education and Talent Development

The M.A.E. in Gifted Education and Talent Development offers two distinct online pathways leading up to the practicum, which must be completed face-to-face over a two-week period at for the practicum in gifted education. The pathways are designed to serve both educators and researchers.

  • The Advanced Certification for Teacher Leaders pathway will allow teachers, administrators, counselors, librarians and other special teachers to enhance knowledge and skills in a concentration that leads to a Rank II certification and the endorsement in gifted education (a passing score on the Praxis in Gifted Education is required for the gifted endorsement in Kentucky).
  • The Advanced Research Focus will prepare students for a variety of careers in higher education, government policy work or other organizations and could lead to a Rank I.

As a graduate of the program, you will actively create learning environments that foster cultural understanding, active engagement in learning, and positive social interactions for individuals with gifts and talents; Plan and implement curriculum and instruction that addresses the needs (often created by the strengths) of learners with gifts and talents, and tailor instruction to address their needs and assess learning progress.

Applicants for Advanced Certification for Teacher Leaders:

Alumni of WKU Teacher Preparation Programs must submit the following upon completion of the graduate school application at www.wku.edu/graduate:

  • a current, valid teaching certificate or Statement of Eligibility for IECE Birth to Primary; Elementary Education, P-5; Middle Grades, 5-9; Secondary Education, 8-12, 5-12, or P-12; or Special Education, P-12.

Graduates of a Kentucky Higher Education Institute other than WKU must submit the following upon completion of the graduate school application at www.wku.edu/graduate:

  • Official transcripts with a 2.75 GPA for all previous undergraduate coursework and a 3.0 GPA for previous graduate coursework or qualifying GRE scores (i.e., GAP Score 550 or higher (GAP = [GRE-V Score + GRE-Q] + [GPA x 100]),
  • Teaching certificate or statement of eligibility for IECE Birth to Primary; Elementary Education, P-5; Middle Grades, 5-9; Secondary Education, 8-12, 5-12, or P-12; or Special Education, P-12.

Graduate of an Out-of-State Institution of Higher Education must submit the following upon completion of the graduate school application at www.wku.edu/graduate:

  • Official transcripts with a 2.75 GPA for all previous undergraduate coursework and a 3.0 GPA for previous graduate coursework or qualifying GRE scores (i.e., GAP Score 550 or higher (GAP = [GRE-V Score + GRE-Q] + [GPA x 100]),
  • Teaching certificate or statement of eligibility for IECE Birth to Primary; Elementary Education, P-5; Middle Grades, 5-9; Secondary Education, 8-12, 5-12, or P-12; or Special Education, P-12.

Applicants for Advanced Research Focus concentration:

Candidates seeking admission to the Advanced Research Focus concentration must meet admission criteria, submit an online application to the Graduate School at wku.edu/graduate and additional supporting materials, as outlined below:

  • Submit application to Graduate School and meet all Graduate School Requirements
  • Have a 3.0 on all graduate coursework
  • Submit copies of all transcripts
  • If pursuing a Rank I, have earned a Master's degree from an accredited institution

All supporting application materials should be mailed to the following address:

Western Kentucky University
Graduate School
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11010
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1010

The M.A.E. in Gifted Education and Talent Development requires 30-37 credit hours depending on concentration area and professional goals. Download the curriculum contract with additional details here.

General Eligibility

Financial Aid includes grants and loans for educational purposes. The government requires the student to file a form online to the government agency for this purpose which is called FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov  to apply. Once that form is completed and filed, the student will receive an email from WKU about the status. All financial aid comes through the WKU Student Financial Aid office and they communicate mostly through email. The email will explain all the grants and/or loans that are available to the student and how to receive the money.

Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. In fact, over 90% of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. Every effort is made to assist you and your family in obtaining the resources necessary to meet the difference between the total cost of attending Western Kentucky University and your ability to contribute toward your education.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance (loans, grants, scholarships, veteran's benefits) the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Please refer to the Financial Aid Guide for additional information and complete instructions.

Please keep in mind, student must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to qualify for financial aid. For additional information on receiving, and keeping your financial aid, please refer to the WKU Financial Aid website to review the complete policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress atwku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.


Eligibility for On Demand

On Demand courses may also be covered by financial aid if the student has met basic eligibility requirements and has a current FAFSA on file. Students must fill out an On Demand Agreement found on the WKU Financial Assistance website. Students receiving financial aid must complete their course(s) in the current semester. For more information please contact the Student Financial Assistance office at (270) 745-2755.


Veterans and Active Military

All college courses offered by On Demand have been approved for veterans and other persons eligible under the provisions of the GI Bill. Each student must assume the responsibility for submitting the proper forms to assure payment of appropriate entitlements. Please contact the Veterans Coordinator in Student Financial Assistance.

Department Contact

Program Director: Dr. Julia Link Roberts
Email: julia.roberts@wku.edu 
Phone: (270) 745-6323
Website: wku.edu/ste
Curriculum Contract: wku.edu/cebs/peu/curriculum_contracts/files/gifted_ed_talent_cc.docx


WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online 


The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website: wku.edu/graduate

 



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 Last Modified 3/4/19