URock to offer gifted and talented graduate program

Mar 11, 2014

Rockland — University College at Rockland and the University of Maine at Farmington will collaborate to bring graduate continuing education opportunities to the Rockland area.

On Thursday, March 27, at 4 p.m. an information session will be held at URock at 91 Camden St. to outline programming for UMF's Graduate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education.

Members of UMF's faculty will talk about the courses and their content as well as develop a proposed schedule that works for interested students. Most likely, a single course will be offered each semester in a hybrid format. It is likely that each course will have several face-to-face meanings in Rockland each term and the rest of the instruction will be online. The sequence is expected to start this fall.

"This is the format we have found most successful for busy teachers. The face-to-face meetings will most likely be on Saturdays. But we are eager to hear feedback from those who want to enroll in the certificate program and we will work to accommodate their requests," said URock's Director Deborah Meehan.

This four-course graduate sequence is designed for practicing educators interested in pursuing opportunities in teaching gifted and talented students. Courses in the sequence include: SED 530, Educational Principles for Learners Who Are Gifted; SED 531 Curriculum and Instruction for Learners Who Are Gifted; SED 532 Developing and Implementing Programs for the Gifted Learner; and, SED 533 Teaching Critical and Creative Thinking in Gifted Programs and Classroom Settings.

Graduate students will be able to take individual courses in the sequence but only those who take all four courses will be awarded the certificate and the state's endorsement.

The State of Maine requires 12 credit hours of study in gifted and talented coursework among its requirements for the Maine Department of Education Endorsement 690, Gifted/Talented Teacher. UMF has developed the above four graduate courses for the UMF Gifted and Talented Certificate to address MDOE’s Endorsement 690 requirements.

Interested students may contact University College at Rockland at 596-6906 to RSVP for the information session or email Meehan at deborah.meehan@maine.edu.

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