The Master of Education: Teaching - Gifted Education program is designed for teachers who wish to further their studies by achieving an advanced degree with a focus in working with students who are academically and intellectually gifted. The program provides a strong, research-based background in professional teaching practices and promotes the development of teachers who are knowledgeable of the foundations and theoretical basis for gifted education, the developmental characteristics of gifted learners, and the instructional practices that best serve them. The coursework reflects standards advocated by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC.) The program includes a total of 36 semester hours and is comprised of 12 online courses with experiential PK-12 fieldwork components, including a capstone course in school-based action research conducted on a school or other approved professional site. This West Virginia state-approved program, while allowing for a master's level credential, does not lead to certification in Gifted Education.
The American Public University System is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association; and nationally, by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council.
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The University participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, Federal PLUS, and Federal GRADPLUS programs. American Military University also offers Military Tuition Assistance and the GI Bill