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The Baylor Impact
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Baylor University
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Waco, TX 76798-7304

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Two for One

Dual Certificate Accelerated Program

This fall, a new program that offers two degrees is the only one of its kind in the state.

The Dual Certificate Accelerated Program (DCAP) is designed for candidates seeking two certificates: one at the EC-4 level and one in gifted and talented education (GT). This program is the only one in Texas and one of few programs nationally that offers a GT certificate at the undergraduate level. With only three additional courses, graduates will have two certificates that allow them to teach in elementary general education and gifted education classrooms. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education also has recognized the GT program.

Similar to other certificate programs, the Dual Certificate Accelerated Program has professional studies courses, content-specific courses related to the candidate’s specialty in arts and sciences, and domain-specific methods courses (literacy, math, social studies, science). Differences relate to the acceleration of the professional studies courses, three courses that specifically address gifted and talented education, and the emphasis on individual differences, particularly as related to learning, development, assessment, and undergraduate action research.

Beginning in the sophomore, or novice, year, DCAP candidates will take three courses specific to the program: learning, development, and introduction to the gifted child. These learning and development courses provide a foundation for the remainder of the professional studies courses and allow for the acceleration of content. In the introductory course, the candidate learns about the characteristics of gifted and talented students by guiding a child through the independent study process.

During the junior year, or teaching associate, year, DCAP candidates learn how to differentiate instruction in the core subject areas of math, reading, science, and social studies with small groups of children. They will be placed in a professional development school or partner school with Baylor faculty who are dually certified.

At the senior, or intern, level, DCAP candidates will spend half of their year teaching in a general education classroom with a cluster of gifted students and half of their year teaching in a resource room with a teacher who is trained in gifted education. During the fall, a course on differentiation will focus on designing units that will adapt to all students in the classroom. In the spring, a course on exceptionalities will examine assessment, program models, teacher quality, parental involvement, and other issues as they relate to the growing diversity among children and youth in public schools.

In This Issue

• Welcome
• In the F1rst Person: Katy Balthzar's Full Story
• Baylor in Brazil
• Heading to the Principal's Office
• Two for One
• How to Get Involved

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