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Graduates of the Twice Exceptional Education program are prepared to develop programs for children with dual exceptionalities.
Twice Exceptional Education (K-12)


Educators specializing in Twice Exceptional Education (2X) learn to identify, provide services for, and develop/administer programs for children with dual exceptionalities. The focus includes children with gifts plus a learning disability, emotional/behavioral disability, attention deficit disorder with/without hyperactivity or autism spectrum disorder.

As you complete your program in Special Education and Gifted Education at the University of St. Thomas you will:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the K-12 classroom
  • Become part of a supportive network of fellow students, alumni and faculty that will inspire and sustain you throughout your career
  • Learn from expert faculty currently active in K-12 classrooms who are here to help you shape your path


What you can earn

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  • Certificate

Where you'll learn

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  • On-campus (St. Thomas)
  • Online (enrolling spring 2015)

 

When you can start

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  • Spring 2015 (online)

 



Questions about this program

Karen B. Rogers, Ph.D., is a professor in the Special Education and Gifted Education programs at the University of St. Thomas.

Karen Rogers

Professor

(651) 962-4386

kbrogers@stthomas.edu


Program Details

For the Certificate

This online course helps class members recognize, understand, and accommodate the needs of high ability students whether in homogeneous or heterogeneous settings. The course will focus on: (1) the most recent development in identification and assessment; and (2) research-based program, curricular, and instructional services that accommodate the needs of these special learners.

This online course helps class members recognize, understand, and accommodate the needs of students with specified disabilities, including ASD, EBD, AD/HD, and LD categorical disabilities in the heterogeneous ("inclusive") settings. The course will focus on: a) the most recent development in identification and assessment; and b) research-based program, curricular, and instructional services that accommodate the needs of these four general categories of learners. 

This online course provides information on how to recognize and understand the needs of students with gifts or talents who also present with specified disabilities, including ASD, EBD, ADD/ADHD, and LD in heterogeneous ("inclusive") settings. The course will focus on: a) the most recent developments in identification and assessment; and b) research-based program, curricular, and instructional services that accommodate the needs of these four general categories of twice exceptional learners.

This online course broadens the recognition, understanding, and accommodation of the needs of students with dual diagnoses as exhibiting giftedness in addition to presenting with specific learning disabilities or with attention deficit disorders with or without hyperactivity. The course will focus on: a) the most recent developments in identification and assessment instrumentation; and b) research-based program, curricular, and instructional services that accommodate the needs of these two categories of twice exceptional learners. Participants will be expected to learn about both sets of twice exceptionality learners in-depth, but will focus on a deep understanding and comprehensive accommodation (individual planning) for a GT/AD/HD child and for a GT/LD child through the case study approach.

This online course broadens information on the recognition, understanding, and accommodation of the needs of students with dual diagnoses as exhibiting giftedness in addition to presenting with Asperger's Syndrome (ASD) or with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (EBD). The course will focus on: (1) the most recent developments in identification and assessment instrumentation; and (2) research-based program, curricular, and instructional services that accommodate the needs of these two categories of twice exceptional learners. Participants will be expected to learn about both sets of dual exceptionality, in-depth, and will focus on a deep understanding and comprehensive accommodation (individual planning) for a child with GT/EBD and a child with GT/ASD through the case study approach.

This online and on-site course is designed to provide opportunities for graduate students to demonstrate competencies as teachers or administrators of twice exceptional education programs and services. The experiences and activities in the course allow students to demonstrate practical skills necessary for educating twice exceptional learners. The clinical practice experience is individually arranged. Areas of competency include the development and implementation of differentiated twice exceptional curriculum; organization, execution, and evaluation of effective identification procedures; program planning and evaluation; development of in-service presentations; family support and training, and advocacy, collaboration, and support planning.

Total 18 Credits

Karen B. Rogers, Ph.D., is a professor in the Special Education and Gifted Education programs at the University of St. Thomas.

Karen B. Rogers, Ph.D.

Professor Special Education and Gifted Education (651) 962-4386
MOH 337 | Opus Hall

Karen L. Westberg, Ph.D., is a professor in the Special Education and Gifted Education programs at the University of St. Thomas.

Karen L. Westberg, Ph.D.

Professor Special Education and Gifted Education (651) 962-4985
MOH 333 | Opus Hall

 
 

Ongoing Professional Development

The Twice Exceptional Education certificate is offered through the Department of Special Education and Gifted Education. Students have the option of enrolling in three courses during the Summer Institute--from which you can take one course per month--earning nine of the required 18 graduate certificate credits. The remaining three courses are offered totally online, beginning fall 2013. Both the Summer Insitute Courses and the online courses are offered at significantly reduced rates.

 

Mentored Clinical Practice

The dedicated faculty in the Special Education and Gifted Education programs will work with you to ensure that your clinical practice experience (student teaching) will meet your needs and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. As the last course in your certificate, your clinical practice will be supported by regularly scheduled online seminars.

 

Community Partnerships

The Department of Special Education and Gifted Education has recently collaborated with four Minnesota districts to determine how to identify twice exceptional learners. This 3-year research study was funded in partnership with the U.S. government's Jacob Javits Gifted Education grants program and the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling. This provides a strong base for what you will learn in the certificate program.

 

The Value of a St. Thomas Degree

Calculating the cost of your degree can be challenging, as every institution approaches it a bit differently. At St. Thomas, we list our tuition cost as cost per credit:

  • Each course can be 1-3 semester credits, but the standard course is 3 credits.  
  • A typical part-time student in our graduate programs takes 3-6 credits per term.
  • To view the total number of credits per program you can view the courses tab above.

It may be possible for you to receive some type of financial assistance. To learn more, please visit our Graduate Financial Aid page.

We offer our students much more than just a degree. We offer the chance to be a part of a personal and professional network like no other, which means your graduate education will enrich your life and career long into the future.




Cost

Education (M.A., Ed.S., Certificate, Licensure)

Institute Tuition (per course) $999
On-line tuition (per credit) $415
Books and materials
(estimate per course)
$150-250
One-time application fee $50

1 | Meet the Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or the successful completion of a graduate level program from another institution

If you do not meet the above requirement(s), you may be eligible for special admission, which requires:

  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • The completion of a standardized test, such as the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), GRE, GMAT or LSAT
  • A possible interview with an admissions person/committee

2 | Submit the following application materials:

  • Application form and one-time $50 application fee
  • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
  • Personal statement

3 |  Submit the supplementary materials:

  • Initial Licensure:  MTLE Basic Skills required by the end of an initial teacher licensure candidate's first semester of coursework.
  • International Applicants:  (1) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English. (2) Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

  • For Summer Institute: May 15
  • For Fall online: June 1
  • For Spring online: December 1

When you can start: 

  • Spring semester begins February 2, 2015

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