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Looking beyond the accepted views and protocols on giftedness. For a long time we believed that smart children would make it on their own. Read more
Looking beyond the accepted views and protocols on giftedness.
For a long time we believed that smart children would make it on their own. But that’s a misconception. They can rapidly adapt to expectations and their peers, covering up their giftedness. And as a result, their talent is lost and a learning or behavioural disability could even arise. Therefore, there’s plenty for remedial educationalists to do!
Giftedness is more than IQ. Physical, musical, social and creative abilities are also involved. You will study how personal characteristics – like motivation and performance anxiety – abilities, and surroundings influence each other. You will learn how to identify the needs of a gifted pupil. You will test your gut feeling with research results. You will be critical of both your field and your own talents and talent development. You will investigate the conflict between stimulating talent and being fearful of doing so. Do we want people to excel? Do we dare to want it?
This programme will challenge you to look beyond the accepted views on giftedness. To look beyond protocols. And beyond the Netherlands. This international Master’s specialisation will train you to be a scientist practitioner. After completion you will be able say that you’re an expert in gifted education. With your knowledge and skills, you will able to work as a remedial educationalist, educational advisor, policy maker, or researcher at schools, school advisory services, (governmental) organisations and research centres.

See website http://www.ru.nl/masters/giftededucation

Why study Gifted Education at Radboud University?

- The Master’s specialisation in Gifted Education at Radboud University is the only Master’s specialisation in the Netherlands that focuses on giftedness.
- The programme works closely with the Centre for the Study of Giftedness (CBO), the only academic research institute that focuses on giftedness. Lianne Hoogeveen, head of the institute and developmental psychologist, is one of the lecturers within this specialisation. She regularly has contact with clients and uses real-life experiences as examples in her lectures.
- The expertise of the research group ensures there is a good relationship with schools, organisations and, for example, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. For you, this offers interesting internships, real-life case studies, relevant thesis subjects and invaluable contacts in and outside the Netherlands.
- This programme is partially or completely (depending on the choosen track) in English. Giftedness affects a relatively small group of children and it’s therefore important to see what’s happening outside of the Netherlands. An international programme as this one is ideally suited for this. Incidently, you will proof that you have a thorough command of English.

Change perspective

Do you accept excellence? From both yourself and others? What is giftedness in all its facets? After completing this specialisation you will look at talent and talent development differently. You will not only have gained new knowledge but also new insights. You will dare to view things differently. And to be different.

Career prospects

Fitting educational programmes is the new standard: there are less special needs programmes and mainstream schools must accommodate students with learning disabilities themselves. This also includes gifted pupils. This means that schools are judged on what they do with these kids. Schools need help from experts. Upon completion of your studies, you will be that expert!
Awareness is growing that we need to deal with giftedness differently. Smart children will not simply make it on their own. They need special support. Just as remedial educationalists are needed for dyslexic children, they are also needed for gifted children, to make sure these pupils get the help and support they need in the classroom. And to make sure that their talents aren’t wasted.

Job positions

With this Master’s specialisation you’ll be able to work as an remedial educationalist, educational advisor, policy maker, researcher or teacher. You can use your expertise for school consultancy at a particular school or a group of schools such as schools for gifted pupils, Leonard Schools but also regular schools that pay attention to gifted pupils. You will also be able to work for research centres, like the Center for the Study of Giftedness (CBO), the SLO, Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development, KPC Groep and the Centre for Creative Learning.

Career orientation programme

The expertise of the research group ensures there is a good relationship with schools, organisations and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. When, for example, the ministry wants to know more about giftedness, they ask the Center for the Study of Giftedness (CBO) in Nijmegen. Practical questions often lead to research proposals for theses or interesting internships. That way, you’ll be able to get invaluable contacts and make a name for yourself in this field.

Our approach to this field

Excellence is a topical issue. International studies (like the PISA Studies) have shown that the Netherlands deals well with lower scoring students: the country is in the top five. But in comparison, the country does not deal well with children that score above average. Gifted children do not get the education they need and that means that a lot of talent is wasted. The government is encouraging schools to offer gifted children a fitting programme. To be able to do this, schools need help from experts. Upon completion of your studies, you will be that expert!

When you complete this Master’s specialisation, you’ll be able to analyse and investigate problems regarding giftedness and come up with suitable solutions. You will gain the following skills and knowledge during this programme:
- You will gain insight into the characteristics and problems of pupils and students in general and of gifted children, teenagers and young adults in particular.
- You will study research on gifted education and will work with case studies about gifted pupils.
- You will improve your research skills and will learn about the diagnostic and treatment of problems regarding giftedness.
- You will learn how to apply the theoretical knowledge in specific educational situations with gifted children or adolescents.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/giftededucation

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Nursing with registration is an innovative two-year programme, which enables graduates from other disciplines to gain professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an Adult Nurse, Children's Nurse or Mental Health Nurse through postgraduate study. Read more
Nursing with registration is an innovative two-year programme, which enables graduates from other disciplines to gain professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an Adult Nurse, Children's Nurse or Mental Health Nurse through postgraduate study. This course will permit you to develop your nursing skills and build your knowledge of professional and ethical practice.

Key benefits

- Study at top nursing faculty in the UK and 6th in the world (2016 QS World University Rankings)

- Pathways for Adult Nursing, Children's Nursing and Mental Health Nursing.

- Partnerships with world-class teaching hospitals including Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, South London & Maudsley NHS Trust.

- Links with industry, health services and policy makers.

- Excellent employability; our graduates are highly sought after nationally and internationally.

- Renowned for the quality of our research work.

- World-class academics and gifted students from all walks of life.

- Approachable, available and supportive staff.

- Located in the heart of London, across four of King's Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas' and Guy's) and the Denmark Hill Campus in south London.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/nursing-with-registration-graduate-entry-pg-dip.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

This postgraduate nursing programme is designed for graduates from other disciplines who wish to gain professional registration in Adult, Children's or Mental Health Nursing. The programme runs over two years.

The programme focuses on quality care, cutting edge clinical skills and is designed to be both research intensive and research informed. You will learn the pivotal roles of nurse and client, while developing your nursing skills and building your knowledge of professional and ethical practice. This innovative programme ensures our students meet the registration requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Subjects such as nursing bioscience, professional practice, research, evidence-based practice, policy and clinical leadership, as well as adult, children's or mental health nursing are studied. The programme is divided between theoretical modules and clinical practice, with blocks of time spent in clinical placement.

You will have the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of healthcare settings. Opportunities for national and international electives are also offered.

- Course purpose -

The primary aim of the programme is to support students as they progress towards registered practitioner level and beyond, and to provide a framework within which they can acquire and demonstrate both generic transferable competencies and those specific to their area of practice.

- Course format and assessment -

Main Hall lectures; facilitated seminars; clinical skills workshops; electronic learning materials; optional opportunities to explore nursing through various media; use of enquiry-based learning; learning in a variety of health care environments Assessment strategies include: electronic examination; clinical portfolio; essays; peer review; assessment of clinical learning.

Career prospects

Registered Nurse positions in a range of leading NHS Trusts and with other health care providers.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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The Master’s programme in Pedagogical Sciences has two English and five Dutch specialisations, each aimed at a certain development domain. Read more
The Master’s programme in Pedagogical Sciences has two English and five Dutch specialisations, each aimed at a certain development domain. Your programme will consist of a few general subjects and two courses that are specifically geared to your specialisation of choice. Coaching is an important part of the programme. The coaching skills you learn can be used in a profession where the role of remedial educationalists is becoming more and more important.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/pedagogicalsciences

Why study Pedagogical Sciences at Radboud University?

- In 2014, the programme was named the best Master’s programme within this field by the Keuzegids Masters.

- You’ve got some freedom when picking your courses. You choose one of seven Master’s specialisations and can still take (additional) courses belonging to other specialisations. The schedule is geared to this: electives are never taught simultaneously.

- Teaching takes place in small groups allowing for plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

- Upon completing your programme, you have a broad pedagogical basis and are specialised in a certain field.

- You will be trained according to the scientist-practitioner model. This means that you will navigate between science and practice. Your actions in the field are based on academic theories and in turn you’ll test your experiences in the field to the same theories. Your teachers, all experts in their field, will help you make the link between application and research.

- In most instances, when you’ve completed your Master’s programme in Pedagogical Sciences you will also receive a diagnostic certification. This will allow you to further develop in the clinical professional within the Netherlands.

Specialisations in Pedagogical Sciences

Read more about the specialisations in Pedagogical Sciences, including comprehensive information on our approach to this field, the programme outline and career prospects. Two are offered in English and the rest are taught in Dutch.

- Diversities in Youth Care
The specialisation Diversities in Youth Care challenges you to look at care giving and welfare policies differently. You will gain specific knowledge and develop a sixth sense on the health care needs of young people.

- Gifted Education
You will learn how to identify the needs of a gifted pupil. Giftedness is more than IQ. You will study how personal characteristic abilities, and surroundings influence each other. You will investigate the conflict between stimulating talent and being fearful of doing so.

Specialisaton 1: Diversities in Youth Care

The specialisation Diversities in Youth Care challenges you to look at care giving and welfare policies differently. You will gain specific knowledge and develop a sixth sense on the health care needs of young people.
In this programme you can focus on policy, research and/or counseling. Moreover you can choose a specific target group or theme (e.g. ethnic minorities, sex, sexuality) and follow courses like ‘Gender and Diversities in Organizations', 'Poverty, Wellbeing and Social Justice', 'Migratie en Interreligieuze Studies', 'Feminist Classics', and ‘Community Outreach Project'. You are encouraged to match both the practical training and the writing of your master thesis with the subject of your interest. We will facilitate your practical training abroad in the spring semester.

Specialisation 2: Gifted Education

You will learn how to identify the needs of a gifted pupil. Giftedness is more than IQ. You will study how personal characteristic abilities, and surroundings influence each other. You will investigate the conflict between stimulating talent and being fearful of doing so.
In lectures and study groups (one of which will be in a university abroad) about learning processes and learning environment, the Master's student will gain insights in the specific characteristics and problems of students in general and gifted children, adolescents and young adults in particular. In the course ‘Educating the Gifted' you will focus on specific research and practices concerning gifted education and work on practical cases of individuals and/or groups of gifted students.
You will improve your academic research skills and learn about diagnostics and treatment of problems related to giftedness, and you will learn to apply this theoretical knowledge within a specific educational situation with gifted students. After completing the program students will be able to recognise, analyse and investigate problems concerning giftedness and be able to contribute in the solution of these problems.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/pedagogicalsciences

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We have expert supervision available in a wide variety of education subjects. Our research areas range from early year's policy through to internationalisation in higher education. Read more
We have expert supervision available in a wide variety of education subjects. Our research areas range from early year's policy through to internationalisation in higher education.

We offer expert supervision in the following research areas:
-Early year's policy with a focus on language and communication
-Social justice in education
-Gifted and talented children in Africa, India and the UK
-Education in popular culture
-Early literacy
-Technology enhanced learning, including language learning
-Learning to teach languages
-Counselling and wellbeing in children and adults
-The physical leaning environment
-Teaching and learning in Higher Education
-Internationalisation in Higher Education

Our supervisors' current research interests, projects and publications are available from our staff profiles. Most of our staff have professional experience in teaching, speech and language therapy or English language teaching before entering academia. You should contact Carolyn Letts, Director of Postgraduate Research, or a member of our staff as a potential supervisor before applying.

You will need to submit a short research proposal (1000 words max).

Delivery

You will study in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. This is a diverse School with a high number of international students.

During your studies you will have regular meetings with your supervisory team. This is supported by email and Skype.

Your attendance on campus is flexible to accommodate your field work or data collection.

Many of our students already have well-developed professional careers. They use their professional experience to frame their research questions, connecting theory and practice. Part time study is available for those who want to study whilst working in the UK.

Our cross-disciplinary seminars include education, speech and language sciences and applied linguistics. In attending seminars you will engage with staff and students from around the world.

There is an annual competition for funded studentships through the ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership. You should contact us to discuss supervision opportunities before applying for a studentship.

Our links with research centres and institutes provide opportunities for collaboration and cross-disciplinary seminars and interest groups. Our most important connections are with:
-Centre for Research in Learning and Teaching
-Institute for Health and Society
-Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Studies

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The MSc Nursing has been designed for nurses who have completed a postgraduate diploma (PGDip) with registration as an Adult, Children’s or Mental Health Nurse and who wish to obtain a Master’s award. Read more
The MSc Nursing has been designed for nurses who have completed a postgraduate diploma (PGDip) with registration as an Adult, Children’s or Mental Health Nurse and who wish to obtain a Master’s award. Career progression frequently requires nurses to be educated to Master’s level and the MSc Nursing will allow you to demonstrate your academic standing. The MSc Nursing is completed through production of a dissertation.

Key benefits

- Links with industry, health services and policy makers

- Excellent employability; our graduates are highly sought after nationally and internationally. Renowned for the quality of our research work

- World-class academics and gifted students from all walks of life

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/nursing-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

You will be required to undertake a substantial written project, drawing on learning and skills acquired in the taught components of your PGDip programme. Three project options are available: an analysis of an area of healthcare provision, an empirical study, or a systematic review.

You will be supported in your project work through guidance from a designated supervisor. Additionally, once enrolled, you will have access to group online tutorials via discussion boards situated within an e-Learning site. The online discussion boards provide a medium where queries can be addressed and suggestions offered by both fellow students and the module leader.

- Course purpose -

The MSc Nursing has been designed for nurses who have completed a postgraduate diploma (PGDip) with registration and who wish to obtain a Master's award.

- Course format and assessment -

Assessment is by coursework. A dissertation (worth 60 credits) is mandatory.

Career prospects

Registered Nurse positions in a range of leading NHS Trusts and with other health care providers.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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A look into any public school classroom across the state or nation would reveal a variety of learners with specific needs. Read more
A look into any public school classroom across the state or nation would reveal a variety of learners with specific needs. It is a common occurrence for a highly gifted English speaker, a special needs student, and students whose first languages may reflect Arabic, Burmese, Farsi, Kurdish, Somali, Spanish, and Swahili (to name a few) to be working together. The multi-lingual classroom is now typical instead of unique. The challenges posed by the classroom structures and populations require teachers to gain knowledge and understanding while developing expertise in the areas of second language acquisition, appropriate strategies and models for effective instruction, assessment tools and accommodations, and literacy frameworks, practices, and overall language learning. In addition, today’s classrooms require educators to become skillful examiners in order to conduct classroom action research that leads to improved practice and teacher efficacy. The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in English as a Second Language is delivered online.

Degrees

This online licensure-based program, offered by the Womack Educational Leadership Department and leading to a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and a concentration in English as a Second Language is designed for: a) candidates seeking the master’s degree with Add-on Endorsement in ESL, b) candidates seeking the Initial Professional License in ESL, and c) candidates seeking the Add-On Endorsement in ESL (without degree).

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with concentration and licensure in ESL focuses on preparing professional educators to meet the needs of students who are currently enrolled in U.S. public school classrooms in grades PreK-12. These populations may include students who represent immigrant populations, newly arriving non-English speakers, children of immigrants, and diverse populations with a variety of language and learning needs. The program is designed specifically for teachers and those who plan to teach second language learners in multilingual classrooms within the U.S.

Coursework is aligned with the Tennessee Department of Education Professional Licensure Standards for ESL and the CAEP Standards and Professional Dispositions for public school educators. The program takes a literacy-based approach to teaching ELs and is grounded in state and national education initiatives. The program is revised on an ongoing basis to reflect current practice.

This program is delivered online and does not prepare candidates to work exclusively with adult learners in EFL settings.

Career

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with Concentration and Licensure in ESL offers preparation to candidates to teach in public schools, private schools, and faith-based learning environments. The program also seeks to prepare teachers to work with early learners who are also second language learners in preschool settings, nursery school settings, and early learning classrooms. Candidates who successfully complete the program meet requirements for the Pre-K through 12th grade professional license in ESL.

In addition to teaching in public, private, faith-based, and preschool classrooms, the program enables graduates to pursue the following careers:

Adjunct professor
Curriculum writer for PreK-12
ESL curriculum design for PreK-12
ESL instructional consultant
ESL instructor
Faith-based ESL coordinator
Faith-based ESL teacher (missionary)
Lead teacher in ESL
PreK ESL coordinator

Employers of MTSU Alumni include, but are not limited to, the following:

Public Schools - Tennessee

Bedford County Schools
Cannon County Schools
Coffee County Schools
Dekalb County School District
Franklin County Schools
Franklin Special Schools District
Giles County Schools
Hamilton County Schools
Knox County Schools
Lawrence County School District
Lebanon School District
Lincoln County Schools
Marshall County School District
Maury County School District
Memphis School District
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Moore County Schools
Murfreesboro City Schools
Robertson County School District
Rutherford County School District
Shelby County Schools
Smith County School District
Tullahoma School District
Warren County Schools
Williamson County School
Wilson County School District

Public Schools – Outside of Tennessee

Boston Public Schools
New York City Department of Education

Private Schools

Franklin Road Academy
The Webb School

Other

Cumberland University
ELS Nashville
Grand Valley State University
International English Institute
Middle Tennessee State University
Motlow State Community College
Nashville State Community College
Tennessee Foreign Language Institute
Tennessee Technological University
Tennessee State University

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