EDE 527: Educating Gifted and Talented Learners

September 30, 2024 - December 8, 2024

Instructor: Grace S. Jacobs

Our GT courses (for 4.5 CEUs) have been accepted towards Maine’s Endorsement 690: Gifted/Talented Teacher, which you get after you are certified or for recertification, but not for initial certification. The only course we have approved for initial certification is “Teaching the Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom, K-12”. Please check with the Certification Office to ensure that the course meets your needs. New England Institute is featured on the Maine DoE’s GT Professional Development list.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:                                                     4.5 CEUs

This introductory course provides foundational information relating to the field of gifted and talented education (i.e. history, laws, etc.), details characteristics of gifted students from various populations, describes how such students are identified and assessed, and presents up-to-date, research-based pedagogy relating to curriculum design and instruction. It may be applied toward the 690 (Gifted & Talented) endorsement for the State of Maine teachers.


1.  Silverman, Linda Kreger. Giftedness 101. The Psych 101 Series. New York: Springer Publishing, 2013  (This is required).

2.  Choose one of the following: (In addition to the above, one of the following is required).

  1. Teaching Gifted Children in Today’s Preschool and Primary Classroom. 2nd ed. Smutny, Joan Franklin, Sally Yahnke Walker, and Ellen I. Honeck. Golden Valley, MN: Free Spirit Publishing, 2016.
  2. Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom. 3rd. ed., Winebrenner, Susan, and Dina Brulles. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing. 2012.
  3. Differentiation for Gifted Learners. Heacox, Diane and Richard M. Cash. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing, 2014.
  4. The Survival guide for Teachers of Gifted Kids. Delisle, Jim and Barbara A. Lewis. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing, 2003.


Upon successful completion of this course, educators will demonstrate an understanding of theory and best practices for teaching gifted and talented students, including:
  • Historical perspectives in gifted education
  • Legal issues in gifted education
  • Theories of intelligence
  • Developing giftedness and talent
  • Characteristics of gifted and talented learners
  • Personal and social development
  • Culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse gifted students
  • Special populations
  • Identifying gifted and talented learners
  • Instructional strategies and programming models for gifted learners
  • Teaching models for gifted learners
  • Specialized programs serving the gifted
  • Curriculum development in gifted education
  • Assessing and improving services provided to gifted students—program evaluation
  • The role of the teacher and the gifted and talented
  • The role of the home in educating gifted children