Please note the School of Education is not currently accepting applications for this program.
The Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education is designed to address the needs of teachers who are seeking knowledge and skills in curriculum, instruction, and assessment to meet the needs of academically talented students in their classrooms.
The program provides an 18-credit sequence of courses designed specifically for classroom and resource teachers who are working with gifted students. Courses include assignments to observe gifted students and to design and present lessons that are appropriate for their intellectual and developmental needs.
The objectives of the program are to:
- Provide teachers with an understanding of the characteristics of gifted students as learners
- Familiarize teachers with learning and developmental theories about gifted students
- Enhance teachers' skills in developing curriculum for gifted students
- Expand teachers' repertoire of instructional strategies that are appropriate for gifted students
- Expand teachers' knowledge and skills in assessment techniques for gifted students
Requirements (18 Credits)
885.501 The Gifted Learner
Students survey a historical overview of gifted education and examine research literature, intelligence theorists, and current practices used with gifted learners to gain perspective on the academic, social, and affective nature and manifestations of giftedness. Special needs populations are examined for unique characteristics and needs to further support the premise of a diverse gifted audience. Emphasis will be placed on gifted learning characteristics as they inform identification, planning, and support strategies. Participants explore the potential role they play in working with gifted youth, alternate placement opportunities, and the identification process through case studies.
885.512 The Gifted/ Learning Disabled Learner
Participants review recent research-based findings into identification and programming for the gifted child with learning disabilities. Participants consider appropriate strategies and teaching techniques for the remediation of difficulties, as well as the development of enriched content and accelerated and innovative approaches for maximization of potential in areas of giftedness.
885.510 Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction for Gifted Learners, Part I
Students explore the various approaches to differentiating curriculum, instruction, and assessment for gifted students. Strategies and techniques that are supported by research and best practice are discussed and analyzed. Comparisons of existing programs, theories, concepts, and ideas related to instructional programs for gifted students are encouraged. Students design interventions for translating theories about gifted education into practice in their personal workplaces.
885.511 Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction for Gifted Learners, Part II
Building upon the knowledge and skills developed in 885.510 (Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction for Gifted Learners, Part I), students continue to explore research-based theories and best practice for applications to their classrooms. The emphasis of this second course in the sequence is on students' conducting their own action research projects and performance-based assessments related to the interventions they developed in 885.510 or in other courses or job-related assignments.
885.519 Seminar in Gifted Education
Students in the final year present and evaluate their projects and plans for addressing the needs of gifted students in their classrooms, schools, and school districts. In addition, participants examine selected topics and issues in gifted education.
885.820 Practicum in Gifted Education
Students participate in a supervised practicum experience in an educational setting under the direction of the program adviser. Individual assessment sessions are held. Students must receive written approval at least two months prior to registration.
The information below includes program-related disclosures provided pursuant to federal regulations issued by the United States Department of Education on October 29, 2010, required for title IV eligible certificate programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
1. CIP Code: 13.0101 Education, General
2. Credential Level: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
3. Program Length
a. Credits: 18
b. Weeks: 45
4. Occupations, by name and SOC Code, for which the program prepares
students, including links to O*NET occupational profiles:
a. Tuition & Fees: $12,060
b. Books & Supplies (if not included in tuition/fees): $900
c. Room & Board (if applicable): Not Applicable
6. On-time Completion Rate* (2011-12): 30%
7. Job Placement Rate: Not Applicable
8. Median Loan Debt upon Program Completion* (2011-12): $0
a. Title IV debt: $0
b. Private Educational Loan debt: $0
c. Institutional Financing debt: Not Applicable
*Note: In accordance with US Department of Education guidelines, the On-time Completion Rate and Median Loan Debt upon Program Completion figures published here were calculated based on the data for all 2011-12 program completers who graduated from Title IV eligible gainful employment certificate programs sharing the 13.0101 Education, General CIP code.