Graduate Program

Curriculum and Instruction

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Semester of Degree Completion

Fall 2019

Thesis Director

Alexis Jones

Thesis Committee Member

Sham'ah Md-Yunus

Thesis Committee Member

Melissa L. Jones-Bromenshenkel


Gifted students have enormous potential, yet there are few consistent opportunities for gifted students to receive challenging instruction. Drawing upon literature detailing the history of gifted education nationally and in Illinois, this study sought to find what services were currently offered to Illinois students, and if the opportunities for gifted students were related to a district’s state funding tier. Findings indicated that the elementary gifted services being offered and the ways in which eligibility is determined were inconsistent among districts. In addition, many districts who offer gifted services are using local/community funds in order to provide services regardless of their funding tier. Very little federal or state funding, nor mandates regarding gifted education, has led to the inconsistency of elementary gifted education in Illinois districts.