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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 atwku.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


Concentrations

The MAE in Adult Education – General Concentration requires 30 hours. The program consists of a required core of 9 semester hours in Adult Education, 6 hours of additional Adult Education coursess, a research foundations course, and two 3–hour electives. The student and his or her advisor choose electives relevant to the student’s area of interest. Students complete a six hours with either a thesis option or non–thesis option.

Core Courses (9 hours)

ADED 510: Introduction to Adult Education (3 credit hours)
ADED 520: Methods for Teaching Adults (3 credit hours)
ADED 611: Adult Learning and Development (3 credit hours)

Additional Adult Education Courses (6 credit hours)

ADED 530: Program Planning for Adults (3 credit hours)
ADED 540: History and Philosophy of Adult Education (3 credit hours)

Electives (6 hours)

Courses may be selected from the following or from other courses with prior approval of advisor. All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise noted.

ADED 598: Adult Education Seminar 
CNS 555: Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling
CNS 556: Developmental Career Counseling 
CNS 557: Human and Family Development in Counseling 
CNS 572: American College Student 
CNS 574: Student Development in Higher Education 
CNS 577: Counseling Concepts and Applications for Student Affairs Professionals 
CNS 580: Family Life Studies 
CNS 586: Parenting Issues 
CNS 667: Drug Abuse Counseling 
CNS 670: Parameters of Law in Student Affairs and Higher Education 
EXED 516: Exceptional Child: Perspectives and Issues 
EXED 518: Seminar: Contemporary Challenges in Spec. Ed. 
EXED 534: Seminar: Research in Exceptional Child Education 
LTCY 519: Foundations of Reading Instruction 
LTCY 523: Diagnostic Reading Procedures for Classroom Teachers 
LME 535: Survey of Educational Technology Practices 
LME 537: Principles of Educational Technology Practices 
PSY 510: Advanced Education Psychology 
PSY 511: Psychology of Learning

Research Foundations (3 hours)

EDFN 500: Research Methods or equivalent as approved by advisor

Students may take one of the following two options

Thesis Option (6 hours)

ADED 599: Thesis

**** or ****

Non-Thesis Option (6 hours)

EDU 590: Adult Education Practicum 
ADED 597: Directed Study in Adult Education

The 39-hour Community and Technical College concentration is designed for individuals who work in Community and Technical settings. The program consists of a required core of 9 hours in Adult Education, 3 additional hours in Adult Education, 18 hours of content-specific graduate courses approved in conjunction with the corresponding discipline, a research foundations course, and two capstone experience courses.

Core Courses (9 hours)

ADED 510: Introduction to Adult Education
ADED 520: Methods for Teaching Adults
ADED 611: Adult Learning and Development

Additional Higher Education Course (3 hours)

EDFN 612: Seminar in Community College Teaching

Discipline Courses (18 hours)

Eighteen hours of content specific courses related to the student's teaching discipline in technical or community colleges

Research Foundations (3 hours)

EDFN 500: Research Methods or equivalent as approved by advisor

Capstone Experience (6 hours)

ADED 589: Internship in Community/Technical College Teaching 
ADED 597: Directed Study in Adult Education

The 30-hour Higher Education concentration is designed for individuals who work in higher education settings, providing training or instructional development to faculty and staff. The program consists of a required core of 9 hours in Adult Education, 12 hours of specified electives, a research foundations course, and two capstone experience courses.

Core Courses (9 Hours)

Title Hours
Introduction to Adult Education 3.0
Methods for Teaching Adults 3.0
Adult Learning and Development 3.0

Electives (12 hours)

Courses may be selected from the following or from other courses with prior approval of advisor.

Title Hours
Program Planning for Adults 3.0
Seminar in Community College Teaching 3.0
Issues in Higher Education 3.0
Higher Education in America 3.0
Postsecondary Change and Culture 3.0
Leadership in Community and Technical Colleges 3.0
Postsecondary Economics and Finance 3.0
Principles of Instructional Design 3.0
Instructional Performance and Task Analysis 3.0
Training Materials 3.0
Distance Delivery Systems 3.0

Research Foundations (3 hours)

Title Hours
Research Methods 3.0
or equivalent as approved by advisor

Capstone Experience (6 hours)

Title Hours
Internship in Community/Technical College Teaching 3.0
Directed Study in Adult Education

 

The 30-hour Training and Development concentration is designed for individuals who either work or would like to work as a trainer in the workplace. This would include business, military, and community education settings among others. The program consists of a required core of 9 hours in Adult Education, 6 hours in program planning and training methods for adults, 3 hours of EDFN 500 – Research Methods, six hours of capstone experience, and six hours of electives. All students are required to take a comprehensive exam. All students are required to take EDFN 500 – Research Methods within the first 12 hours of their program.

Core Courses (9 hours)

ADED 510: Introduction to Adult Education 
ADED 520: Methods for Teaching Adults
ADED 611: Adult Development and Learning

Additional Required Courses (6 hours)

ADED 530: Program Planning for Adults
PSY 773: Employee Training and Development Issues for Organizational Leaders

Electives (6 hours)

Select from the following or from other courses as approved by advisor:

ID 570: Principles of Instructional Design
ID 573: Instructional Performance and Task Analysis
ID 577: Management of Instructional Systems
ID 581: Ethical and Legal Issues in Instructional Design
ID 583: Training Methods 
ID 585: Distance Delivery Systems 
ID 587: Issues and Problems in Instructional Design 
ID 595: Advanced Instructional Design Studio
LME 535: Survey of Educational Technology Practices
LME 537: Principles of Education Technology Applications
LME 545: Education Technology Production
LME 547: Integration of Education Technology
EDFN 501: Educational Statistics
EDFN 601: Applied Statistics and Design
EDFN 603: Qualitative Research in Education
CNS 555: Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling
CNS 589: Group Dynamics in Student Affairs and Higher Education

Research Foundations (3 hours)

EDFN 500 Research Methods or equivalent as approved by advisor

Students may take one of the following two options:

Thesis Option (6 hours)

ADED 599: Thesis

**** or ****

Non-Thesis Option (6 hours)

EDU 590: Adult Education Practicum 
ADED 597: Directed Study in Adult Education



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