Workshops in Gifted Education

Psychology of the Gifted Strand:

Programming for the Gifted Strand:

Administration and Supervision of Gifted Programs Strand:

Practicum for Gifted Programs Strand

Practicum requires prior approval before enrollment; contact Haley Wikoff (haley-wikoff@uiowa.edu), Graduate Assistant for Professional Development , or Laurie Croft (laurie-croft@uiowa.edu), Associate Director for Professional Development.

*may be taken more than one time (varying subject areas) for the Talented and Gifted Endorsement.

The fourth strand necessary for the Talented and Gifted Endorsement involves an individualized program planned for each teacher who arranges the Practicum experience directly with Haley Wikoff, Graduate Assistant for Professional Development, or Laurie Croft, Associate Director for Professional Development.

FIRST STEP: Visit https://apply.admissions.uiowa.edu/admissions/login.page, and indicate an interest in enrolling as a Continuing Education student (not pursuing a degree or certificate). Complete this process, indicating your choice of "graduate" or “undergraduate” status for this semester (undergraduate status is satisfactory for the endorsement). You must complete this step before you can enroll credit. You do NOT need to complete this process more than one time per year.

Practicum experience is based in local classrooms convenient for participants or at The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. Participants are provided opportunities to explore relevant literature, to assist in developing curriculum for courses and workshops in gifted education, and to observe and assist in classroom instruction. (Participants may enroll in 1, 2, or 3 semester hours, depending on section.)

  • If you are enrolled as a full-time student, register for EDTL:4188:0EXW.
  • If you are a Continuing Education student who wants one credit for practicum, enroll in EDTL:4189:0WKA.
  • If you are a Continuing Education student who wants two or more practicum credits, enroll in RCE:4188:0EXW.


Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Team Teacher: Haley Wikoff

Dates & Time: Multiple official start dates dependent on section; participants with later start dates are welcome (and encouraged) to start the course early

Platform: Online via ICON

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This workshop will apply theoretical principles of curriculum design to the practice of teaching gifted learners in grades K-12. Participants will analyze multiple curriculum models and develop a personal plan for implementing gifted curriculum at the classroom, school, and system levels. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Gerald Aungst

Dates & Time: July 17 - Aug 4

Platform: Online via ICON

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This workshop will encourage participants to develop greater expertise in finding and analyzing research-based articles in the field of gifted education. Participants will practice evaluating and synthesizing evidence in an effort to better understand and implement best practices in the field.  Current Readings and Research will apply to a strand, depending on the content chosen. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: July 24 - August 11, 2017

Platform: Online via ICON

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This course will examine fundamental issues such as curriculum, counseling, family issues, gender, and minority issues. (3 s.h.)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: August 21, 2017 - December 15, 2017

Platform: Online via ICON



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This course will explore theories of learning, child development and motivation. Issues unique to the field of giftedness will be explored via lecture and small group discussion. (3 s.h.)

Instructor: Antonia Szymanski, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: August 21- December 15, 2017

Platform: Online via ICON


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Practicum experience is based in local classrooms convenient for participants or at the Belin-Blank Center. Participants are provided opportunities to explore relevant literature, to assist in developing curriculum for courses and workshops in gifted education, and to observe and assist in classroom instruction. (Participants may enroll in 1, 2, or 3 semester hours, depending on section.) Needs special permission

  • If you are enrolled as a full-time student, register for EDTL:4188:0001.
  • If you are a Continuing Education student who wants one semester hour of credit for practicum, enroll in EDTL:4189:0WKA.
  • If you are a Continuing Education student who wants two or more semester hours of credit for practicum, enroll in RCE:4188:0EXW.

    Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

    Team Teacher: Haley Wikoff

    Dates & Time: Multiple official start dates dependent on section; participants with later start dates are welcome (and encouraged) to start the course early 

    Platform: Online via ICON

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Participants will explore current research to learn to recognize traits and types of perfectionistic behaviors while evaluating the impact of perfectionism on the lives of students both in and out of school. Participants will learn the relationships among perfectionism, procrastination and underachievement and consider the role introversion plays in the psychological mixture. Methods for helping students use their perfectionist tendencies in positive ways will be explored and practical application expressed through projects and activities. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Kathy Green, M.A.

Dates & Time: September 5, 2017 - September 25, 2017

Platform: Online via ICON

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The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to gifted education and talent development, aligned with national standards in knowledge and skills in the field. The course takes advantage of a variety of sources of information and asks participants to apply new understandings and skills in practical ways. Assignments are differentiated for different roles in schools today; participants will develop knowledge and skills essential for successful teaching, counseling, or coordinating gifted/talented programs. (3 s.h.)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: October 16, 2017 - December 15, 2017

Platform: Online via ICON

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This course requires attendance at the Iowa Talented and Gifted (ITAG) Conference, as well as a synthesis of major themes and an evaluation of relevance of conference themes to the participant's role in gifted education. (1 or 2 s.h.)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: October 23, 2017 - November 10, 2017

Platform: Online via ICON

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"TAG: You're It" provides teachers new to gifted education an opportunity to attend the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association Conference in October and apply their learning to better support the gifted learners in their districts. In addition to reflecting on presentations from national and state leaders in the field, "TAG: You're It" provides articles for discussion, and the opportunity to review gifted programs in the context of best practices for gifted and talented students. (2 s.h.)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: October 23, 2017 - December 8, 2017

Platform: Online via ICON

Prerequisites: Requires participation in ITAG October 15-17 in Des Moines, IA. 

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This course requires attendance at the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) Conference, as well as a synthesis of major themes and an evaluation of relevance of conference themes to the participant's role in gifted education. (1 or 2 s.h.)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: November 16 - December 8, 2017

Platform: Online via ICON

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