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Gifted and Talented, Endorsement

Requirements

The Utah Valley University Gifted and Talented endorsement program is designed to prepare teachers to be sensitive and responsive to the needs of gifted and talented (GT) learners and to become advocates for their students in a variety of educational settings, whether they become teachers in Gifted and Talented programs or teachers who work with these learners in the mainstream classroom setting. Coursework is designed to address historical and political foundations of GT education, the social and emotional needs of these learners, and methods and materials for engaging GT students in challenging educational experiences. The UVU endorsement program is intended to provide educators with an opportunity to develop, expand, and integrate their knowledge of content, pedagogy, and cultural perspectives in gifted and talented education.

Total Program Credits: 19

Discipline Core Requirements:  19 Credits
  EDUC 5600 Education of the Gifted and Talented 3
  EDUC 5610 Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted 3
  EDUC 5620 Identification/Evaluation in Gifted Education 3
  EDUC 5630 Theory into Practice in Gifted and Talented Education 2
  EDUC 5635 Methods and Materials in Gifted Education for Practitioners 2
  EDUC 5640 Improvement of Curriculum Instruction in the Content Areas 3
  EDUC 5650 Leadership in Gifted and Talented Education 3

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.


Suggested sequence: Course Title Credit Hours
EDUC 5600  Education of the Gifted and Talented 3
EDUC 5610 Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted 3
EDUC 5620 Identification and Evaluation in Gifted Education 3
EDUC 5630 Theory into Practice in Gifted and Talented Education 2
EDUC 5635 Methods and Materials in Gifted Education for Practitioners 2
EDUC 5640 Improvement of Curriculum Instruction in the Content Areas 3
EDUC 5650 Leadership in Gifted and Talented Education 3
  Degree total: 19

Department

Education Graduate Studies

  • Dean: Parker Fawson
  • Office: ME 117b
  • Telephone: 801-863-8006
  • Associate Dean: Stan Harward
  • Office: ME 112a
  • Telephone: 801-863-6571
  • Assistant Dean: Vessela Ilieva
  • Office: ME 130b
  • Telephone: 801-863-5183
  • Assistant to Dean: Wendi Hillman
  • Office: ME 117
  • Telephone: 801-863-6543
 
 

Master of Education

  • Director of Graduate Studies: Mary Sowder
  • Office: ME 116c
  • Telephone: 801-863-8228
  • Email:  Mary.Sowder@uvu.edu
  • Coordinator of Endorsement Program: John Allan
  • Telephone: 801-863-7614
  • Email:  john.allan@uvu.edu
  • Administrative Contact: Connie Wright
  • Telephone: 801-863-8228
  • Email:  wrightco@uvu.edu
  • Advisor: Kim Fale
  • Office: ME 114b
  • Telephone: 801-863-5184
  • Email:  kim.fale@uvu.edu

 

Program Description

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree at Utah Valley University is an applied master's degree aimed at building the instructional skill and professional competency of teachers. The goal is to enable participants to become more proficient in selecting optimum, research-based, curriculum design strategies that best apply to specific teaching situations.

There are currently seven emphases in the Master of Education Degree:

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Educational Technology
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Elementary STEM
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Reading I
  • Teacher Leadership

The M.Ed. requires 30-33 semester hours of graduate course work and completion of a culminating applied instructional project tailored to the particular interests of program participants. Participants enter the M.Ed. program in cohorts and progress through the degree program in a group. While the culminating applied instructional project is unique to each student, some course work and many class activities are done in collaboration with fellow students.

Admission & Retention

Application to the Program

Applicants should complete an online graduate application by following the application link on the UVU Web site and follow all instructions for graduate application and admission. Applications and application fees must be received by March 31 for consideration for summer semester. Students in the M.Ed. program begin with full-time coursework in the summers and part-time enrollment in the fall and spring semesters.

Required support materials received after the application deadline will delay processing of the application. The School of Education Graduate Screening Committee reviews applications and schedules interviews for applicants meeting minimum admission requirements. The Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Education notifies all applicants in writing of the admission decision. The University cannot guarantee a response on or before a specific date. All admission materials become the property of UVU and will not be returned to the applicant.

Reapplicatio

If an applicant is not admitted, s/he may reapply. All current admission requirements at the time of application must be met in order to be fully admitted to the program.

Satisfactory Progress

Continuation in the Master of Education program is determined by: (1) satisfactory progress (B- or higher) in all courses and (2) faculty committee chair and the graduate admission and retention committee recommendation.

Academic Probation

A student can be recommended for academic probation for the following reason(s): (1) Failure to meet the scholarship requirements of the Graduate Program of an overall GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher, with no individual course grade lower than B-; (2) Failure to complete prescribed courses; and/or (3) Failure to adhere to University student rights and responsibilities standards.

Dismissal from the Program

A student can be dismissed from the Master of Education program for the following reason(s):

      1. Academic dishonesty;
      2. Continued failure to meet academic standards; and/or
      3. Continued failure to adhere to University student rights and responsibilities standards.

Courses

Admission to the master’s program or permission of the Dean of the School of Education is required for enrollment in the Master of Education courses.

 
 
2017-18 Graduate--Tuition and General Fee Schedule
RESIDENT NON-RESIDENT
Credit Hours Tuition Fees Total Credit Hours Tuition Fees Total
0.5 139.50 17.50 157.00 0.5 425.00 17.50 442.50
1.0 279.00 35.00 314.00 1.0 850.00 35.00 865.00
1.5 418.50 52.50 471.00 1.5 1,275.00 52.50 1,327.50
2.0 558.00 70.00 628.00 2.0 1,700.00 70.00 1,770.00
2.5 697.50 87.50 785.00 2.5 2,125.00 87.50 2,212.50
3.0 837.00 105.00 942.00 3.0 2,550.00 105.00 2,655.00
3.5 976.50 122.50 1,099.90 3.5 2,975.00 122.50 3,097.50
4.0 1,116.00 140.00 1,256.00 4.0 3,400.00 140.00 3,540.00
4.5 1,255.50 157.50 1,413.00 4.5 3,825.00 157.50 3,982.50
5.0 1,395.00 175.00 1,570.00 5.0 4,250.00 175.00 4,425.00
5.5 1,534.50 192.50 1,727.00 5.5 4,675.00 192.50 4,867.50
6.0 1,674.00 210.00 1,884.00 6.0 5,100.00 210.00 5,310.00
6.5 1,813.50 227.50 2,041.00 6.5 5,525.00 227.50 5,752.50
7.0 1,953.00 245.00 2,198.00 7.0 5,950.00 245.00 6,195.00
7.5 2,092.50 262.50 2,355.00 7.5 6,375.00 262.50 6,637.50
8.0 2,232.00 280.00 2,512.00 8.0 6,800.00 280.00 7,080.00
8.5 2,371.50 297.50 2,669.00 8.5 7,225.00 297.50 7,522.50
9.0 2,511.00 315.00 2,826.00 9.0 7,650.00 315.00 7,965.00
9.5 2,650.50 332.50 2,983.00 9.5 8,075.00 332.50 8,407.50
10.0 2,790.00 350.00 3,140.00 10.0 8,500.00 350.00 8,850.00
10.5 2,929.50 350.00 3,279.50 10.5 8,925.00 350.00 9,275.00
11.0 3,069.00 350.00 3,419.00 11.0 9,350.00 350.00 9,700.00
11.5 3,208.50 350.00 3,558.50 11.5 9,775.00 350.00 10,125.00
12.0 3,348.00 350.00 3,698.00 12.0 10,200.00 350.00 10,550.00
12.5 3,487.50 350.00 3,837.50 12.5 10,625.00 350.00 10,975.00
13.0 3,627.00 350.00 3,977.00 13.0 11,050.00 350.00 11,400.00
13.5 3,766.50 350.00 4,116.50 13.5 11,475.00 350.00 11,825.00
14.0 3,906.00 350.00 4,256.00 14.0 11,900.00 350.00 12,250.00
14.5 4,045.50 350.00 4,395.50 14.5 12,325.00 350.00 12,675.00
15.0 4,185.00 350.00 4,535.00 15.0 12,750.00 350.00 13,100.00
15.5 4,324.50 350.00 4,674.50 15.5 13,175.00 350.00 13,525.00
16.0 4,464.00 350.00 4,814.00 16.0 13,600.00 350.00 13,950.00
16.5 4,603.50 350.00 4,953.50 16.5 14,025.00 350.00 14,375.00
17.0 4,743.00 350.00 5,093.00 17.0 14,450.00 350.00 14,800.00
17.5 4,882.50 350.00 5,232.50 17.5 14,875.00 350.00 15,225.00
18.0 5,022.00 350.00 5,372.00 18.0 15,300.00 350.00 15,650.00
18.5 5,161.50 350.00 5,511.50 18.5 15,725.00 350.00 16,075.00
19.0 5,301.00 350.00 5,651.00 19.0 16,150.00 350.00 16,500.00
19.5 5,440.50 350.00 5,790.50 19.5 16,575.00 350.00 16,925.00
20.0 5,580.00 350.00 5,930.00 20.0 17,000.00 350.00 17,350.00
20.5 5,719.50 350.00 6,069.50 20.5 17,425.00 350.00 17,775.00
21.0 5,859.00 350.00 6,209.00 21.0 17,850.00 350.00 18,200.00
21.5 5,998.50 350.00 6,348.50 21.5 18,275.00 350.00 18,625.00
22.0 6,138.00 350.00 6,488.00 22.0 18,700.00 350.00 19,050.00
22.5 6,277.50 350.00 6,627.50 22.5 19,125.00 350.00 19,475.00
23.0 6,417.00 350.00 6,767.00 23.0 19,550.00 350.00 19,900.00
23.5 6,556.50 350.00 6,906.50 23.5 19,975.00 350.00 20,325.00
24.0 6,696.00 350.00 7,046.00 24.0 20,400.00 350.00 20,750.00
24.5 6,835.50 350.00 7,185.50 24.5 20,825.00 350.00 21,175.00
25.0 6,975.00 350.00 7,325.00 25.0 21,250.00 350.00 21,600.00
For each credit hour over 25, $279 per credit hour will be assessed for residents and $850 per credit hour for non-residents
 
 

Faculty

Lorilynn Brandt(2009)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.S., Elementary Education, M.Ed., Reading and Literacy, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Utah State University.

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Raquel Cook(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.A., English Literature, Brigham Young University; M.S., Women’s Studies, Oxford University; Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Utah State University.

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Debora Escalante(2009)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., Theatre and Cinematic Arts, M.A., Theatre, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Instructional Technology, Utah State University.

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Vessela Ilieva(2010)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.S., Mathematics Education, Utah State University; M.S., Electronics Engineering, Technical University; M.Ed., English as a Second Language, Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Utah State University.

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Sandy Jay(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.S., Elementary Education, M.S., Curriculum & Instruction, Oklahoma State University; Ph.D., Elementary Education, Florida State University.

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Mi Kang(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., M.Ed., Korean Language and Literature Education, Chonbuk National University; M.S., Educational Leadership, University of Oregon; Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Michael Patch(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Department Chair

Department: Education Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.A., Communication, M.Ed., Elementary Education, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Nevada.

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Nancy Peterson(1997)

Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.S., Elementary Education, Brigham Young University; M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, Old Dominion University; Ed.D., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Virginia.

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Makenzie Selland(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., English, Spanish, Social Work, Northern Arizona University; M.Ed., Secondary English Education, George Washington University.

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Mary Sowder(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., Music, Chapman University; M.S., Computer Education, NOVA Southeastern University; Ph.D., Teacher Education, University of Nevada.

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Elaine Tuft(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., Elementary & Early Childhood Education, M.A., Elementary Education, Utah State University; Ph.D., Curriculum, Teaching & Educational Policy, Michigan State University.

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Bryan Waite(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Department Chair

Department: Education Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.A., Spanish, University of Texas; M.A., Spanish Education, Ph.D., Educational Equity & Cultural Diversity, University of Colorado.

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Trevor Warburton(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., Mathematics and Spanish, Utah State University; M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language, Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Education, Culture, and Society, University of Utah.

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Careers

Careers:  
While this program is designed primarily to enhance the skills and understandings of practicing classroom teachers, it also prepares these students for opportunities for teaching in Gifted and Talented programs, expanded leadership roles at the school, district, or state level in delivering professional development, evaluating educational technology, and mentoring other teachers. Completed program coursework qualifies students to apply to the Utah State Office of Education for an endorsement to their current Utah Teaching License.

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