Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Gifted Learners – EDGL 620

CG • Section TEM • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

Candidates will examine the concept of a defensible curriculum for gifted students and explore strategies for heterogeneous and homogeneous groupings. Strategies and techniques for teaching the gifted student are presented. Candidates will also create lessons using methods to enhance creativity and critical thinking skills for all students as well as develop an understanding of what it means to provide an appropriate education for gifted learners with emphasis on pre and post assessment and state and national learning standards. Research supporting the development of gifted students from various backgrounds and in a variety of settings will also be introduced. The concepts of sharing strategies with peers, teacher leaders, co-teaching and collaboration, acceleration, cluster grouping, and the creation and evaluation of honors courses are addressed.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course is designed to provide teachers with the appropriate instructional strategies and materials needed to meet the needs of a wide range of gifted learners in a variety of educational settings.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge from our text and reference one scholarly journal article from the field of gifted education. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. Each thread and reply must follow current APA format. (CLO: A,B, D,E)

Gifted Curriculum Analysis Chart

The candidate will complete a chart on gifted curriculum models introduced in this course using the provided template. This submission must include at least 3 peer-reviewed or scholarly references in current APA format and include the information presented in the course text and readings. A minimum of 500 words is per model is expected.  (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Gifted Strategy Teaching Resource File

The candidate will choose and review five appropriate strategies from course assigned readings and websites for teaching gifted learners and write an overview of each strategy, including teaching ideas for how they can be used by both gifted and regular education teachers to support gifted students. A minimum of one page per strategy is expected and turned in as one document. The resource file should include a title page and a reference page.  (CLO: A, B, D,E, F)

Gifted Learner Mini Unit Plan Organizer

The candidate will complete a series of questions to help plan an upcoming mini-unit of instruction. The planning questions will also require the candidate to discuss how the use of pre and post-test data for best-practice instruction in the unit and include the state and national standards addressed. Candidate will use the provided template for submission. (CLO: A, B, E)

Gifted Learner Mini Unit Lesson Plans

The candidate will write a minimum of three class periods of lesson plans using teaching strategies appropriate for gifted instruction in a content area. The candidate will use the candidate provided information from the Mini Unit Organizer and the Mini Unit template provided to complete the assignment. The candidate must include at least six gifted education sources to support his/her work (the course text and assigned readings/websites), include state/ national standards of learning, and show evidence of how pre/post assessments will be used. (CLO: A, E, F, G)

Gifted Leadership Training Project

The candidate will provide a screencast video or a voice-over PowerPoint that includes the candidate’s voice and own PowerPoint presentation containing at least ten targeted slides that would be used to give a brief, focused training for teachers or school officials. The presentation will explain in detail how to use an instructional strategy or how to incorporate appropriate materials studied in this course for gifted learners. This presentation must cite at least four peer-reviewed or scholarly references in the current APA format and include the information presented in the course text and readings. A title and reference slide are required and are not included in the minimum slide expectation. The length of the presentation should be at least 13 minutes and no longer than 15 minutes. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)

Appropriate Strategy Case Study

The candidate will decide a course of action to best support a gifted learner from a selection of case studies and will include a rationale, a strategy to engage the student on an appropriate level, and discussion for how a general education teacher could use that teaching strategy in the classroom, and research support for the choice. The study will be at least two pages not including the title and reference page. At least two appropriate sources will be used to support the work. (CLO: C, D, E)