Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)


Educational Administration and Supervision


Education of the gifted/talented child in the United States is not a recent innovation. In 1635, the Boston Latin, Grammar School was established for intellectually gifted children. This was a year prior to the opening of Harvard University. By the late nineteenth century, universal public schools nurtured the principle of a single school for all children, which supposedly upheld the American interpretation of equality for all. In the early twentieth century, multiple tracking programs were incorporated by which students were afforded enrichment without early acceleration, and, until after World War II, emphasis remained on enrichment.


Presented to the Graduate Faculty University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Specialist in Education. Copyright 1985 Wendell R. McConnaha