Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development
Plan of Study
A plan of study must be prepared, signed by the student and members of the advisory committee, and submitted for approval. You have the option of designing a plan of study with your academic advisor or the program administrator prior to arriving on campus, or during the first summer on campus. A student may not take the final examination before the plan of study has been fully approved.
The courses below represent the core courses for the Three Summers part-time master’s degree or sixth year diploma program. We consider students’ prior professional and educational experiences; therefore, there is flexibility in developing each person’s plan of study.
Required Courses (complete all eight):
|Required Courses||Semester Offered|
|EPSY 5092 Practicum||Fall or Spring|
|EPSY 5194 Seminar||Even Numbered Summers for Summer Campus Students|
|EPSY 5601 Principles and Methods in Educational Research||Odd Numbered Summers for Summer Campus Students|
|EPSY 5710 Introduction to Gifted Education and Talent Development||First Summer on Campus|
|EPSY 5720 Developing Schoolwide Enrichment Programs||First Summer on Campus|
|EPSY 5750 Enhancing Creativity in the Classroom||Odd Numbered Summers for Summer Campus Students|
|EPSY 6770 Curricular Options for High Ability Learners||Even Numbered Summers for Summer Campus Students|
|EPSY 5195 or 5198: Workshop in Education or Curriculum Lab – Confratute||Summer of Student’s Choice|
Elective courses (select two):
- EPSY 5199: Independent Study in Education – Integrating the STEM Disciplines for Gifted and Talented Students – offered online spring semesters
- EPSY 5740: Strategies for Differentiating the Grade Level Curriculum – offered online summer semester
- EPSY 5760: Improving Students’ Thinking Skills – offered online spring semester
- EPSY 5780: Social and Emotional Components of Giftedness and Talent Development – offered online fall semester
Master’s, doctoral, Sixth-Year in Education, and graduate certificate students must begin their programs with coursework and must maintain registration continuously each semester thereafter (except summer sessions) until all requirements for the degree have been completed. Registration may be maintained either by taking coursework for credit or by registering for the non-credit Continuing Registration course called Special Readings at the master’s level (GRAD 5998). Non-credit registration requires payment of University fees. Enrollment in continuous registration is not required during the summer.
Permission is required to take our online courses. During the fall and spring semesters, complete the pre-registration form at the following link: http://gifted.education.uconn.edu/register-for-an-online-course/. A permission number will be emailed to the address you enter on the form.
Comprehensive Exams: Nirvana and SuperComp
Nirvana, is a computer-based exam. This open book simulation draws beyond the skills of a textbook. It was developed in response to comments made by former students concerning their preparation for teaching and coordinating enrichment and talent development activities. Many students indicated that they had not considered how they would handle various decisions, planning strategies, and programming options when they left our graduate program and started new jobs. Nirvana is a series of memos to which you need to respond. The memos are based on the implementation of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model in a fictional school district called Nirvana, and you are, essentially, the resident expert. Nirvana is based on the practical experiences of many of our graduate students and involves the many types of decisions that might have to be made if you start a new coordinating or teaching position. The exam is taken after submission of the practicum project.
SuperComp, also a computer-based exam, focuses on material covered in the following core courses: EPSY 5710 Introduction to Gifted Education and Talent Development, EPSY 5720 Developing Schoolwide Enrichment Programs, EPSY 5750 Enhancing Creativity in the Classroom, EPSY 6770 Curricular Options for High Ability Learners, EPSY 5601 Principles and Methods in Educational Research, and EPSY 5194 Seminar in Gifted and Talented. The exam is taken on the Storrs campus after completion of the aforementioned core courses, and format is short answer and multiple choice.
- Dr. E. Jean Gubbins (generally serves as major advisor to Three Summers Master’s and Sixth-Year students)
- Dr. Catherine A. Little (generally serves as major advisor to full-time Master’s and Sixth-Year campus students and associate advisor to Three Summers students)