Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development
Summer GCT@UConn (Three Summers) 2020 Dates – Sunday, June 28-Sunday, July 12
The Summer GCT@UConn Program is for motivated educators who have professional or family obligations that make regular year study impossible. The program is designed to allow educators to keep their teaching positions while earning a graduate degree or professional diploma part-time in the summer with additional online course work throughout the year. The Three Summers Program culminates in a Master of Arts degree or Sixth-Year Diploma in Professional Education in Educational Psychology.
The concentration in Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development prepares individuals for leadership roles in creativity and gifted education as gifted education program coordinators, curriculum development specialists, and regional or state gifted education agency directors. The program of study includes coursework on strategies and program models for developing student talent and field experiences in school settings.
The courses deal with many aspects of gifted education, and students are encouraged to pursue topics of individual interests such as course projects or related readings. The program emphasizes the following:
- Professional growth and development through a cohort program comprised of high-energy, dedicated educators from national and international locations.
- Attendance at the UConn/Storrs campus for 2 weeks.
- Attendance at Confratute, a summer conference/institute on the UConn/Storrs campus for 1 week.
- Interactive, web-based, online or on-site courses during fall and spring semesters.
- Professional development opportunities linked to school-based issues and concerns.
- Strategy-based courses that apply high-end learning techniques to school improvement initiatives.
- Continuous faculty-student communication, advisement, and mentoring via on-site conferences and e-mail correspondence.
- Separate on-campus summer housing supporting collegiality and professional growth in a family atmosphere.
The residency portion is offered three consecutive summers on the Storrs UConn campus. For two weeks each of the three summers, students will enroll in two required courses. Students will stay an additional week (summer of their choice) to attend Confratute and enroll in EPSY 5195 or 5198. During the fall and spring, students will enroll in online elective courses throughout the duration of their program. Practicum is taken independently. The degree is completed in slightly over two years with summer attendance bookends.
The residency portion is offered two summers on the Storrs UConn campus. For two weeks at the beginning of the program, students will enroll in two core courses. Students will return for three weeks at the end of the program to enroll in two core courses, attend Confratute, and also enroll EPSY 5195 or 5198. During the fall and spring, students will enroll in online required and elective courses throughout the duration of their program. Practicum is taken independently. The degree is completed in approximately two years.
The difference between the two options is the amount of time spent on the Storrs campus. Option one – attend three consecutive summers and take a total of seven courses on campus. Option two – attend two summers and take a total of five courses on campus.**
Beginning with Summer 2021, students will complete four courses online (EPSY 5710: Introduction to Gifted Education and Talent Development; EPSY 5740: Strategies for Differentiating the Grade Level Curriculum; 5760: Improving Students’ Thinking Skills; and EPSY 5780: Social and Emotional Components of Giftedness and Talent Development), four courses on campus over two summers (Odd numbered summers –> EPSY 5720: Developing Schoolwide Enrichment Programs and EPSY 5601: Principles and Methods in Educational Research; Even numbered summers –> EPSY 5750: Enhancing Creativity in the Classroom and EPSY 5194: Seminar on Gifted Education), attend one Confratute for credit, and complete a practicum (EPSY 5092).
*For additional courses link to the Plan of Study http://gifted.education.uconn.edu/three-summers-plan-of-study/.
**Depending on a student’s admit term, the number of courses taken on campus and amount of time on campus may vary.
- Dr. Del Siegle (generally serves as Three Summers students’ major advisor)
- Dr. E. Jean Gubbins (generally serves as Three Summers students’ associate advisor)
- Dr. Sally M. Reis (generally serves as Three Summers students’ associate advisor)
Judith W. Mathews, Program Administrator
For more information, please see other pages on this site and consult the Program Handbook.