1 Gifted Education Masters Degree Program Orientation Spring 2007
2 Table of Contents Topic Slide Welcome3 Gifted Education at USF4 Faculty & Staff6 Getting Started at USF10 USF ID11 USF NetID12 Forwarding USF E-mail13 Advising14 Sequence of Courses18 Chalk & Wire23 Permitting/Registration28 Online Learning31 Professional Standards32 Accessing the Courses35 Time Considerations36 Computer Issues37 Participation38 Advocacy for Gifted Learners39 Important Resources46
3 Welcome Welcome to the Gifted Education Masters Degree Program at the University of South Florida! We are excited you will be joining us. This orientation will assist you in becoming familiar with the program and USF. Please read through it carefully and let us know if you have any unanswered questions.
4 Gifted Education Program at USF Florida's only entirely online Master's Degree in Gifted Education Provides advanced training for certified teachers to work with gifted and talented children and to work with other teachers on a consultant and/or collaborative basis
5 Gifted Education Program at USF Graduates are prepared to be: Reflective practitioners Collaborative professionals Affirming of diversity Professional, ethical, competent and knowledgeable of theory and research as evidence by "best practices" of gifted education
6 Program Faculty and Support Staff
7 Dr. Shaunessy Program Coordinator Assistant Professor B.A. in English from University of Miami M.A. in English from Florida State University Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education from University of Southern Mississippi Research interests include gifted children with Asperger Syndrome, culturally diverse gifted learners, the use of technology in gifted education, and public policy in gifted education
8 Dr. Matthews Assistant Professor B.A. in Chemistry and a minor in Anthropology, magna cum laude from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga M.A. in Anthropology from University of Wisconsin-Madison Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Gifted & Creative Education from University of Georgia Research interests include culturally and linguistically diverse gifted learners, talent search programs, youth leadership, science learning, and underachievement among gifted learners
9 Jennie Farmer Assistant Program Coordinator B.S. in Special Education with an emphasis in Specific Learning Disabilities and Mental Retardation from USF M.A. in Gifted Education from USF Pursuing Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Special Education with an emphasis in Gifted Learners with Learning Disabilities from USF Research interests include gifted children with learning disabilities, the affective needs of students, the care and cruelty of teachers, and the professional development of teachers
10 Getting Started at USF
11 USF ID Card If you do not already have one, you will need to obtain a USF photo ID. You can do this online by going to http://www.auxsvc.usf.edu/form_distance_learning.asp. You will need to print out the form and include the following items with your completed application: http://www.auxsvc.usf.edu/form_distance_learning.asp Copy of a valid drivers license AND Recent passport quality (minimum 2x2) AND $10 check made out to USF All USF students must obtain a USF Card. We encourage you to do so now before the rush of the new semester. Your USF ID is your library card. As a distance learner, you are able to check books out and access various databases. Your library number (number beginning with a 2) is printed on your USF ID and is different from your U ID.
12 USF NetID In order to log into classes, you must have a USF NetID, which can be obtained with either your U ID (begins with a U and is followed by 8 numbers) OR USF Card number (begins with 640013...), your birth date, and the last five numbers of your Social Security Number. When you have either your USF ID Card or U ID, please go to http://una.acomp.usf.edu.http://una.acomp.usf.edu Click on New User. Follow the prompts for obtaining a NetID. It will be very important that you write down your NetID and the password that you create. We do not have access to this information and will not be able to supply you with your password or NetID.
13 Forwarding USF E-Mail Account Please note that you will receive all e-mails through the USF e-mail system, so be sure to check this daily. If you do not check e-mail account, you will not receive critical e-mails that your instructors send to students, which may include information about assignments, grades, and due dates. It is your responsibility to access this e-mail regularly throughout the semester. For your convenience, you can forward your USF e-mail account to your personal account. Once you have your NetID, log back into https://una.acomp.usf.edu.https://una.acomp.usf.edu On the left side of the screen, click on Student E-Mail. Select Set Forwarding Address and follow prompts. Some external e-mail accounts have difficulty with forwarding. It is recommended that students check the USF e-mail account regularly.
15 Advisement Process Since we are a completely online program, advising occurs primarily through email; however, phone conferences can be scheduled if needed. Dr. Matthews advises students with last names A-M and Dr. Shaunessy is the advisor for students with last names N-Z.
16 Advisement Process Advisors complete Program Plans with students Program Plans are a schedule of when each course will be taken Ensure courses are taken in the correct order and completed in a timely manner Assist with scheduling classes and planning for upcoming semesters Electives Required to receive a permit for courses
17 Modifications to Program Plans Modification requests must be made in writing Approval from advisor required before students can deviate from original Program Plan
18 Sequence of Courses Prerequisite Phase I Phase II Phase III
19 Prerequisite EEX 4070 Foundations of Special Education EEX 4011Intergrating Exceptional Students in the Regular Education Classroom Students may substitute a similar course from an accredited institution such as an undergraduate degree in Special Education or course which focused on differentiating instruction for learners with varying needs
20 Phase I Five Endorsement Courses 1. EGI 5051 Nature and Needs of the Gifted - First Endorsement course taken; may be taken with EGI 6414 2. EGI 6416 Consultation, Guidance, and Counseling of Gifted Students 3. EGI 5325 Theory and Development of Creativity 4. EGI 6936 Seminar in Special Populations of the Gifted 5. EGI 6232 Advanced Educational Strategies for Gifted Students - Final Endorsement course taken Measurement Course 1. EDF 6481 Foundations of Educational Research
21 Phase II EEX 6222 Advanced Psychoeducational Assessment of Exceptional Students Two electives Must be graduate level courses within the College of Education Should be documented on a signed Program Plan EEX 6939 Advanced Seminar in Special Education
22 Phase III Supervised Practicum (total of 6 credit hours) Summer semester (2 credit hours) Fall semester (2 credit hours) Spring semester (2 credit hours) All practicums follow the summer, fall, spring order. Students must be teaching in a K-12 setting with gifted learners.
23 E-portfolio Chalk & Wire
24 Critical Tasks Critical Tasks are assignments which assess the students ability to demonstrate the Florida Accomplished Practices for Teachers Rubrics for each critical task are provided by the instructors Rubrics are based on a 5-point scale, a score of 3 or higher is required
25 Critical Tasks EGI 5051 N/A EGI 6416 Counseling Project EGI 5325 Lesson Plan EGI 6936 Lesson Plan EGI 6232 Standards Paper Curriculum Unit EGI 6943 Analysis of Student Work Analysis of Teaching Action Research Project
26 Florida Educator Accomplished Practices Assessment Communication Continuous Improvement Critical Thinking Diversity Ethics Human Development & Learning Knowledge of Subject Matter Learning Environments Planning Role of the Teacher Technology
27 Chalk & Wire Purchased online through the USF Bookstore (http://sftampa.bkstore.com/)http://sftampa.bkstore.com/ Select course EDF 0000 A system for students to upload critical tasks while completing the program Assessors will visit the students e-portfolio to evaluate the performances according to the pre-established rubrics
28 Permitting/Registration Process
29 Requesting a Permit/Registration 1.You will need the following information: 1.The course prefix & number from your Program Plan 2.The course reference number (CRN) from the USF schedule of classes 2.Go to the Gifted Education Program Website (http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/s ped/gifteded/i