Internal University Offering

Earn Internal University or Aurora University Credits

Gifted Education Seminar, updated in 2015!

The focus of this course is to provide an overview of gifted education. Four major areas in gifted education will be explored:

· Perspectives in Gifted Education

· Knowing the Gifted Child

· Program Models

· Differentiation

Characteristics and identification of the gifted learner will be explored in depth. The components of programming, curriculum models, and differentiation will be identified and stressed. Participants will gain a knowledge base as to how changing views of education, the historical foundations of gifted education, and the current status of gifted students have been impacted by these changing views. Interwoven throughout the course are issues dealing with diversity, equity, underrepresented and under-served populations.

Since the passage of ESEA, it is more important than ever to learn about ways to differentiate for our most able students!

This class will help you reach both gifted students and high achievers!

Wednesdays, March 1st to Wednesday May 25th

We'll meet at the PDC from 4:30-7:30 on twelve Wednesdays. The course is 36 hours and is offered as either an Internal University course for 2.25 credits or Aurora University course for 3 credit hours.


Participants are expected to read and respond to chapters in the required texts on a daily/weekly basis along with any additional readings as assigned by the instructor. A USB unit will be supplied which will require additional reading and assignments.

A summative assessment in the form of an individual self-selected project demonstrating application of learning, as approved by the instructor, will be required.

As a result of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the background and landmark studies in gifted education
  • Examine myths that exist concerning gifted education
  • Learn key features that comprise a gifted program
  • Discuss current issues related to gifted education
  • Know characteristics of gifted learners
  • Apply identification criteria in his/her situation
  • Respond to social and emotional issues surrounding gifted students
  • Develop an awareness and sensitivity to the diverse needs of special populations as related to gifted education
  • Gain an understanding of and apply curriculum models to classroom lessons
  • Gain an understanding of apply differentiation elements and strategies to his/her classroom setting


The course costs $275 if taken as Internal University. If taken for Aurora University Course, the cost is an additional $350, payable to Aurora University. Everyone will receive 36 CPDUs.


Dr. Kelly Neylon will be the instructor for this course! She has been the Gifted Coordinator in Woodridge since 2013. She is an endorsed Gifted Teacher and certified Gifted Education Seminar instructor. This will be the third time she has taught the course in district.

Gifted Education Seminar

Wednesday, March 2nd, 4:30pm to Wednesday, May 25th, 7:30pm

Professional Development Center - Jefferson Junior High School