High Ability

This concentration takes a developmental approach to the study of high ability, including issues relevant to developmental levels and approaches to identification and curricular planning which focus on achieving appropriately matched curricular experiences. The program will situate the study of highly capable individuals in the context of cognitive and social developmental theories. Field experience consisting of observations, interviews, and individual and small group teaching will allow students to understand the particular needs of pre-school, elementary, and secondary students of high ability.

Program Requirements

Required Content Courses (12 credits):

EPSE 505 (3)

OR EPSE 501 (3)

Foundations in Human Development: Infancy to Adulthood

Seminar in Human Development, Learning, and Culture

EPSE 512 (3) Critical Issues in Special Education
EPSE 516 (3) Seminar in the Development and Education of Highly Able and Creative Learners
EPSE 565D (3) Special Topics Course in High Ability
Additional Content Requirements (choose 3 credits):

EPSE 501 (3)

OR EPSE 505 (3)

Seminar in Human Development, Learning and Culture

Foundations in Human Development: Infancy to Adulthood

EPSE 502 (3) Cognition, Language, and Literacy processes in Education
EPSE 584 (3) Motivation in Education
EPSE 585 (3) Social-emotional Development in Education
Approved Electives (choose 9 credits – 3 credits must be at the 500 level)
EDCP 514 (3) Arts-Based Educational Research: A/r/tography
ECED 585B (3) Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education – RES EARLY CHLDHD
List of approved ECPS Courses
Additional Course Requirements:
EPSE 598 (3) Field Experience
EPSE 590 (3) Graduating Seminar

View the standard program prerequisites and additional information.

Contact the SPED graduate program support for application or course registration information.

For more information about the concentration, contact Dr. Owen Lo.