Academic Program Proposal

Date
Proposal
Activated
Institution
and
Proposal
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Awarded
Academic
Program
Name
Objections
Received
Decision
Deadline
MHEC Final
Action
Final
Decision
Date
10/29/2015McDaniel College
Proposal
PMCGifted & Talented Educational Specialist12/28/2015Approved2/19/2016
Gifted & Talented Educational Specialist Program Description
&lt;p&gt;McDaniel College is proposing to offer a new Post-Master’s Certificate (P.M.C.) titled Gifted and Talented Education Specialist (GATES).&nbsp; The certificate is designed to lead to a state endorsement as a Gifted Education Specialist for candidates with initial certification who have earned master’s degrees in related fields.&nbsp; The curriculum is focused on practicing P-12 educators who seek to gain expertise in working with diverse students with gifts and talents.&nbsp; The program prepares educators to address learning differences by creating environments that challenge all students.&nbsp; The core curriculum includes social and emotional needs of gifted learners, critical and creative thinking strategies, and differentiated curriculum, instruction, and assessment.&nbsp; Courses will be offered in both distance learning and traditional formats.&nbsp; All candidates complete an internship which prepares them to fill leadership roles.&nbsp; The courses and assessments are aligned with the National Association for Gifted Children-Council for Exceptional Children (NAGC-CEC) Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted Education and NAGC-CEC Pre-K-12 Gifted Education Programming Standards.&nbsp; The Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has approved the use of these standards.&nbsp; The program&nbsp; also meets the approval of MSDE’s certification standards set forth in COMAR 13A.12.03.12 Gifted and Talented Education Specialist.&nbsp; Teachers who intend to add this level of endorsement must complete an MSDE approved program that is aligned with NAGC/CEC standards.&nbsp; Additionally all school systems in Maryland are required to identify and serve gifted and talented students. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&nbsp; Maryland State Board of Education (MSDE) Gifted and Talented Programs, on the Internet at&nbsp; <a href="http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/programs/giftedtalented/">http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/programs/giftedtalented/</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;retrieved on October 28, 2015.&lt;/p&gt;