Teaching Gifted and Talented Students

Graduate programs can provide educators with the skills and knowledge needed for teaching gifted and talented students. Courses cover characteristics of these students and methods for identifying and addressing common worries and problems they face.

Inside Teaching Gifted and Talented Students

Gifted and talented (TAG) students are ahead of their peers in certain subject areas. Teachers learn to meet their needs by allowing them to study at their own pace, assigning additional projects, teaching them in separate classrooms or moving them to higher grades. Teaching TAG students requires advanced instructional skill, patience and the ability to meet children and adolescents at their level.

Education Information

If you want to teach gifted students, you need to be a state-certified instructor, which often requires completion of a degree program in education. However, the majority of degree programs in gifted and talented education are offered at the master's and doctoral degree levels and are intended for existing teachers. At the master's degree level, courses include issues in teaching gifted students, creativity and methods for evaluating students' progress.

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