Jessalyn Johnson is a senior at Grand Canyon University, completing the final year of her BA in English Literature. Originally from Melbourne, FL, Jessalyn has come to enjoy living in the desert of Arizona. Since freshman year she has occupied several different positions on the editorial board of GCU’s literary review, StartleBloom, which is approaching its third volume. In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys creative writing, photography, writing music and participating in the plays and musicals put on by GCU’s Ethington Theatre.
Interested in teaching gifted students? Grand Canyon University offers a Master of Arts in Gifted Education, allowing you to gain a better understanding of gifted students and ways in which to enhance and enrich their talent and potential.
Teaching Gifted Students
Being a teacher for students in a gifted education program can be rewarding in many new and interesting ways. Students who are in gifted education programs around the country are creating, discovering and learning in a plethora of areas that are exceeding the expectations of educators.
Many teachers who pursue a master’s degree in gifted education are eligible to teach for advanced placement (AP) courses, or become gifted program facilitators or coordinators. This degree can allow a licensed teacher to teach gifted students at the P-12 levels, as well as college students.
GCU’s Gifted Education Program
The College of Education’s MA in gifted education provides an ample amount of resources and opportunities for you to learn how to operate and teach in a gifted environment. In GCU’s program, prospective gifted education teachers learn:
- Gifted education curriculum
- Procedures of teaching that are applicable to gifted students in grades P-12
- Stimulating activities to enhance academic skills in the classroom
- Instructional and research methods for teaching gifted children
Master’s degree students at GCU studying gifted education assess, study and evaluate giftedness in young children. Teachers are given resources to examine developmental aspects of a gifted student to accurately and professionally teach them in ways that allow the student to harness their academic capabilities.
This degree requires access to a K-12 classroom in order to complete practicum hours. These hours of field experience are designed to give you classroom experience with the type of students you are studying to teach.
Contact an enrollment representative to see if a Master of Arts in Gifted Education is the right fit for you. To learn more about the program or Grand Canyon University’s College of Education, contact us today to request more information.
Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a freshman majoring in English literature at GCU.