Certificate in twice exceptional education program goals:

Mission: The mission of the Graduate Certificate in Twice-Exceptional Education Program is to support teachers and other professionals in gaining knowledge and skills in curriculum, instruction, and assessment to meet the needs of high ability students whose cognitive diversity places them at risk for school success in traditional settings.

 Program Goals and Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

A. Recognize cognitive patterns of students with diverse minds (gifted and talented, attention deficit, Asperger syndrome, and specific learning disabilities).

1. See strengths associated with different kinds of minds.
2. See the impact of strengths, dispositions, personalities and advanced abilities.
3. Describe the twice exceptional students in terms of strengths and challenges

a. Using intellectual assessments such as the Wechsler Scale of Intelligence
b. Understand the complexity of dual diagnosis of twice exceptional learners– intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

B. Understand the importance of identifying, and assessing strengths, talents, and interests as foundational to program development.

1. Realize the influence of positive psychology on diagnosis and treatment.
2. Become familiar with research supporting strength-based learning.
3. Gain skill in identifying and assessing strengths, talents, and interests.

C. Design learning environments based on theories of strength based, talent focused education.

1. Recognize and respond to the intellectual needs of high ability students.
2. Implement strategies to create learning environments that are appropriate for twice exceptional students in terms of intellectual, social-emotional, and physical needs.

D. Employ creative problem solving practices skills to develop innovative solutions that support diverse learning and cognitive profiles.

1. Participate in problem solving meetings using the Multiple-Perspectives Model (MPM).
2. Use reflection to adapt instruction of twice-exceptional youngsters within an enriched environment.

a. Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively advocate for the needs of twice exceptional learners in a professional and ethical manner.
b. Participate in a team meeting around students and advocating for their needs.
c. Develop talent plans for individual students.
d. Respect confidentiality and show empathy and sensitivity when communicating information with families, other educators and related services.

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Program Requirements

Plan of Study: Certificate Program in Twice Exceptional Education

Plan of Study - Certificate

Graduation requirements:
Completion of a minimum of 15 graduate credits including a 3-credit Practicum experience.
GPA no lower than 3.0 with no individual course beneath a grade of B-.