"Applying national standards to the design of quality teacher preparation programs can be challenging, and yet it is essential work. This guidebook bridges the distance, resulting in confident, efficient, and informed curriculum and program design decisions."
—Sally M. Dobyns, Director
Center for Gifted Education, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
"The new standards in gifted education reflect current thinking in the field. The university guidebook helps me more easily create teacher preparation curriculum that matches the standards and makes defensible program modifications possible."
—Scott Hunsaker, Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and Gifted Education
Utah State University
A breakthrough resource on gifted education course design!
For universities seeking accreditation of their teacher preparation programs in gifted education, the program must be aligned with the ten standards newly approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Divided into seventy specific knowledge and skill requirements, these standards represent the best practices in gifted education and identify what teachers of the gifted should know and be able to do.
This guidebook helps university personnel at the undergraduate and graduate levels design or revise gifted education programs that incorporate new professional standards developed by NAGC, CEC, and TAG. In addition to the CD-ROM with an annotated bibliography of the research and literature on which the standards are based, readers will find:
- Techniques for aligning coursework, clinical practice, and field experience with standards
- Sample syllabi that incorporate knowledge and skill benchmarks
- Information on teacher assessment in standards-based university programs
- Details of the challenges associated with the new standards
Using the National Gifted Education Standards for University Teacher Preparation Programs is a key resource for professors, university program designers, and accreditation coordinators guiding the next generation of teachers into exceptional service in gifted education.