The development and implementation of gifted education initiatives further the mission of the School of Education at James Madison University by helping to prepare educators who skillfully contribute to the common good of society through competence in teaching and educational leadership in gifted education. All children are entitled to educators who are knowledgeable, enlightened, and competent, including our advanced and gifted learners. The gifted education initiatives at James Madison University evolve from a commitment to the necessary professional development of all educators in the field of gifted education. Only competent and knowledgeable educators can provide the necessary environment for the realization of the unique potentials of pre-K-grade 12 gifted students in all areas of academic, artistic, creative, and intellectual endeavors. Without educational leaders, counselors, teachers, specialists, and all other support personnel gifted learners do not reach their full potentials nor does the greater global society. Through excellence in teaching, scholarly endeavors, and outreach services the College of Education is dedicated to the following goals to further gifted education at James Madison University:
1. To provide all educators the initial personnel development necessary for the
successful education, mentoring, and leadership of gifted learners.
2. To develop graduate programs that prepare gifted education specialists serving
as catalysts in schools for the differentiated education of gifted learners.
3. To provide leadership training in gifted education for the on-going professional
development of public and private school program administrators.
4. To infuse specialized training in gifted education to the existing high quality
preservice and graduate education programs in teacher education, educational
leadership, and support personnel programs.
5. To use a variety of formats for personnel preparation for the pursuit of knowledge
and competence in the education of gifted learners.