Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Instruction and Curriculum: Educational Differentiation (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Elizabeth Stolle

Academic Year



Research within the field of gifted education has shown that underachievement is a pertinent problem that has affected gifted students for decades. While various factors have been suggested to lead to underachievement, this project focuses on the educator’s role to support the learning needs of gifted students to combat underachievement. Research has shown that differentiation is an effective solution to ensure gifted students’ needs are being met and they are able to reach their full achievement potential. Utilizing a five-part series on differentiation, teachers will participate in professional development focused on a background of differentiation for gifted students and three research-based differentiation strategies to support student achievement: curriculum-compacting, independent student, and project-based learning.