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Sixth Year Diploma in Professional Education

Program Details

University of Connecticut offers a Sixth Year Diploma in Professional Education for students and professionals in education who are interested in taking part in a unique program. In this program, students take part in the program during consecutive summers, and aim to develop their understanding of educational research and teaching gifted and talented students. The program intends to provide students with the opportunity to develop their capabilities as educators through their advanced understanding of educational skills, techniques, and practices designed to improve learner educational outcomes.

Students may develop their advanced understanding of educational development in gifted education and talent management as well as hone their capabilities to take part in educational research. The curriculum consists of courses such as Curricular Options for High Ability Learners, Staff Development and Program Evaluation, and Introduction to Gifted Education and Talent Development.

Potential qualifications of graduates include understanding about past and present practices in gifted and talented education, talent development, and enrichment teaching and learning, the ability to take part in research, field work, or an internship setting to develop innovative curriculum, acquire new instructional skills, and produce solutions to implementation problems, and to demonstrate proficiency in research and reference skills to efficiently perform investigations.

In addition, students will be expected to manage and monitor student learning to create, enrich, maintain, and alter instructional settings to capture and sustain the interest of their students and to make the most effective use of time, and to draw on knowledge of human development, subject matter and instruction, and understanding of students to make principled judgments about sound practice.

Accreditation & Licensing

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education