Teaching Highly Able Learners

EPSE 303 (3.0) Online – Course Outline


  • Weekly Learning Journal reflections
  • Weekly posts to the Discussion Forum
  • Discussion leadership
  • 2 individual assignments

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.


Identification and appraisal of developmental and educational needs of highly able learners. (UBC Calendar)

The online course, EPSE 303, considers current conceptions of giftedness and creativity and methods for testing and assessing students. It addresses the variety of ways in which abilities can be demonstrated, development of giftedness across the life span, other exceptional learning needs that can co-occur with giftedness, social and emotional development, and cultural perspectives on intelligence and giftedness. Course participants are encouraged to pursue areas of particular interest.

It is recommended that students take this course in conjunction with the online course, EPSE 408 – Educational Programming for Highly Able Learners, offered in January of each year. EPSE 303 and EPSE 408 are complementary courses, providing background in understanding the characteristics and needs of highly able learners followed by in-depth consideration of how to meet those needs in the inclusive classroom.


  • Understanding of the characteristics of advanced development in academic and creative disciplines
  • Understanding the challenges and gifts of students who are “twice exceptional” (e.g., gifted learning disabled, gifted with ADHD, gifted with autism spectrum disorders)
  • Knowledge of different conceptions and models of giftedness
  • Knowledge of conceptions and models that facilitate the recognition of abilities and the realization of potential
  • Understanding the relationship between giftedness and creativity
  • Acquisition of a repertoire of classroom-based assessment strategies and understanding of standardized psychoeducational assessments
  • Understanding of general principles for planning appropriate educational experiences that optimize the development of giftedness and creativity.


This online course is offered on Canvas – http://canvas.ubc.ca

1 Introduction to giftedness: Tracing an evolving paradigm
2 Conceptions of giftedness: Current theoretical models of intelligence
3 Neuroscience and giftedness
4 The process of identification: Learning more about students’ abilities
5 Young gifted children: Attributes, identification and support
6 Creativity and its educational implications
7 Giftedness and other exceptionalities
8 Gifted learners with autism spectrum disorders and gifted learners with nonverbal learning disabilities
9 Emotional intelligence, moral development, and empowerment
10 Social emotional development of the gifted: Issues and Interventions
11 Outliers: An examination of greatness
12 Presentations of final assignment


Required readings will be made available through UBC Library’s e-journal system. It is expected that you will supplement the assigned readings with readings relevant to your own interests. Additional references are included in the course modules.

There is no textbook required.


This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.


Your EZproxy connection will allow you to access library resources from your computer on or off campus. For more information, go to https://services.library.ubc.ca/electronic-access/connect/


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Email: pro-d.educ@ubc.ca

Latest Revision on: October 25, 2018