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Gifted Education

The Educational Specialist in Gifted Education at the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Fischler College of Education focuses on training educators to develop and administer gifted education programs in Florida. This specialization in gifted education provides educators with the skills to design curriculum, evaluate programs, and teach gifted children to develop critical thinking skills. Course content for this educational specialist program is research-based and infuses best practices in gifted education.


  • Completed admission application packet, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a master’s degree by a regionally accredited institution (3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average required)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
EDU 708 Research Design in Education 3
EDU 702 Curriculum Trends and Innovation 3
EDU 714 Families, Schools, and Communities 3
EDU 719 Current Research in Human Development 3
EDU 729 Evaluation and Assessment Practices 3
EDU 756 Administration of Gifted Programs 3
EDU 759 Critical Thinking for Gifted Students 3
EDU 761 Independent Study for Research on Gifted Students in National and International Programs 3
EDU 757 Designing Curriculum for the Gifted Focus on Culturally and Linguistically Different Students 3
EDU 762 Applied Research Project in Gifted Education 3
EDU 760 Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom 3
APR 750 Educational Field-Based Project 3


The field-based project is one of many practical applications included in the gifted education specialization. This culminating experience is the final step in the completion of the Ed.S. program. The purpose of the field-based project is to engage the candidate in a problem-solving experience designed to improve or enhance an educational situation. The process is systematic and involves submission of a formal practicum proposal; active participation, implementation, and/or research; evaluation of the activities; and submission of a final portfolio.

Coursework for an Ed.S. program with a Specialization in Gifted Education through the Fischler College of Education is available online and at many of NSU's Campuses throughout South Florida. The online option allows students to receive and submit coursework and interacting with participants and professors via the Internet. The site-based program allows students to take classes in the evenings or on weekends in a location near their homes. The distance delivery option allows international students and busy professionals to complete their Ed.S. with a gifted education focus without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

Faculty members for the master of science in education are scholars and educators from Nova Southeastern University and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition many are also highly respected professional practitioners, who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Most importantly, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework for the specialization in gifted education
  • Successful completion of the field-based project
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed application for Ed.S. degree

Students are advised to contact their state department of education or an Enrollment Services Representative (Academic Advisor) to determine if this program is suitable for certification/licensure and their career goals.

Nevada Endorsement, Autism K-12

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