Graduate Certificate – Gifted Education

This program addresses the needs of educators seeking Gifted and Talented Specialist certification and skills in areas such as curriculum, instruction, and assessment to meet the needs of academically talented students. Graduates become leaders able to support and advocate for gifted students.

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Faculty Lead
Keri Guilbault, EdD
kguilba1@jhu.edu

Camilla Mika Simms
Sr. Academic Program Coordinator
Camilla Mika Simms
410-516-9760
camilla.mika.simms@jhu.edu

Graduate Certificate – Gifted Education

At A Glance*

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Format

PART-TIME

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Location

COLUMBIA, MD
ONLINE

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Credits

18

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Start Term 

SUMMER
FALL 

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Completion Time

1–3 Years

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Application Deadline

ROLLING

*Information for students entering program for academic year 2020-2021

Application requirements and deadlines
Graduate Certificate: Gifted Education
Enrollment:Part-Time
Start Terms:Fall and Summer
Application Deadline: Rolling
Pre-Requisite:
Applicants are required to hold state-approved teacher certification to be admitted to the program, have at least 27 months of teaching experience, and be currently employed in a school district or an accredited independent school. In addition, applicants who are employed in the state of Maryland and are seeking the MSDE Gifted and Talented Specialist certification must also hold a master’s degree by program completion.
Application Requirements:
Online application form
$80.00 application fee
Resume/CV
Essay: A 500-word essay discussing the reasons you wish to pursue a degree at Johns Hopkins University, focusing on your long-term goals and how your academic program will complement those goals. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses in your academic background, as well as any additional comments that will assist in evaluating your application materials. Essays should be submitted in a typed format on a separate sheet of paper.
Two letters of recommendation
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change for ensuing academic years, and will be updated on the School of Education website accordingly.

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$1,292 per credit**
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The Johns Hopkins gifted education program has helped me reach my personal and professional goals by giving me an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and knowledge on how to educate, identify, and communicate with gifted learners.

 

Shayla Brown, MS ’19

Graduate Certificate – Gifted Education

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education is designed to address the needs of current educators seeking Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Gifted and Talented Specialist certification and additional knowledge and skills in areas such as curriculum, instruction, and assessment to meet the needs of academically talented students. Faculty members are affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, the world leader in gifted education since 1979. CTY is a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced pre-college students around the world.

This certificate program provides an 18-credit sequence designed specifically for classroom and resource teachers working directly with gifted students. Candidates study the foundations of gifted education and the characteristics of gifted learners, and hone their knowledge and skills in areas such as curriculum, instruction, and assessment to meet the needs of these academically talented students.

Graduates understand the factors that inform the identification and support of K–12 gifted students and help them advance their professional skills in creating safe, inclusive, and culturally responsive learning environments that support the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of talented students. Graduates become more reflective leaders able to support and advocate for gifted students through collaboration with families and colleagues, sharing of community resources, and ongoing professional development.

Graduate Certificate – Gifted Education

CORE FACULTY

Keri Guilbault

Keri Guilbault

Jonathan Plucker

Jonathan Plucker

Graduate Certificate – Gifted Education

PROGRAM PLAN

The program provides an 18-credit sequence of courses designed specifically for classroom and resource teachers who are working with gifted students. Candidates will study the foundations of gifted education and characteristics of gifted learners, and hone their knowledge and skills in areas such as curriculum, instruction, and assessment to meet the needs of academically talented students in their classrooms. As part of the program, candidates will observe gifted students and design and present lessons that are appropriate for gifted students’ cognitive and affective needs.

Coursework

Requirement Courses (18 credits hours)

885.501 The Gifted Learner

885.512 Twice Exceptional Learners

885.604 Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted

885.505 Creativity in Education

885.510 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Advanced Learners

885.820 Practicum in Gifted Education and Talent Development*

*Note: All candidates employed in Maryland who are seeking Gifted and Talented Education Specialist certification from the Maryland State Department of Education will undertake a semester-long practicum experience as the culminating course of their program. Candidates who are employed in other states outside of Maryland will take an online 3-credit course in place of the practicum course in consultation with their faculty adviser.

Year plan

Fall Semester: Year 1

885.501 The Gifted Learner

885.604 Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted

Spring Semester: Year 1

885. 512 Twice Exceptional Learners

885. 510 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for Advanced Leaners

Fall Semester: Year 2

885.505 Creativity in Education

885.820 Practicum in Gifted Education and Talent Development

Course Information

Course descriptions, locations, and availability

Graduate Certificate – Gifted Education

WHAT TO EXPECT

Goals

The objectives of the program are to prepare students who are able to:

  • Understand the diverse factors that inform the identification and support of K–12 gifted students.
  • Create safe, inclusive, and culturally responsive learning environments that support the social, emotional, and cognitive learning needs of diverse groups of gifted K–12 students.
  • Use assessments to identify gifted and talented students, assess their progress and modify interventions accordingly, and provide summative data on their accomplishments.
  • Be reflective, ethical professionals who support and advocate for gifted K–12 students through collaboration with families and colleagues, use of community resources, and ongoing professional learning.
Certification

The program is recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education as meeting the requirements for Gifted and Talented Specialist certification in Maryland.

All candidates employed in Maryland who are seeking Gifted and Talented Education Specialist certification from MSDE will undertake a semester-long practicum experience as the culminating course of their program. Candidates who are employed in other states outside of Maryland will take an online 3-credit Research in Gifted Education and Talent Development course in place of the practicum course.

Graduate Certificate – Gifted Education

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to be a certified teacher/current teacher to enroll and participate in the program?

If you want to receive Maryland state certification, you need to be a current teacher or a teacher with 27 months of teaching experience when you complete the program. For this reason, we generally require applicants to the certificate program to be current teachers, but master’s applicants who are not interested in Maryland state certification do not need to be teachers, certified or otherwise.

Can I take it entirely online?

The certificate program is fully available online. Many of the master’s program courses are online, with the remainder scheduled to go online in the near future.

I’m working full time and can’t do an internship. How does practicum work?

Many of the students in the program teach full-time, and they do the practicum work in their own classroom. Students who are not pursuing state certification can substitute an alternative course for the practicum experience.

Who teaches the courses?

Prof. Guilbault and Prof. Plucker teach the majority of the courses, but we also utilize highly experience adjuncts with terminal degrees, considerable expertise, and national reputations to teach some of the courses.

Graduate Certificate – Gifted Education

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE

In accordance with U.S. Department of Education regulations, the JHU School of Education is required to disclose select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment (GE) programs. To see the most recent data available for this GE program, please view the attached disclosure.

Gainful Employment Disclosure – 2019

Program Name: Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Gifted Education

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months.

This program will cost $15,882 (if taken face-to-face) or $17,250 (if taken fully online) if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ [XX,XXX] of debt.
Too few graduates to report median debt.

Program meets licensure requirements in the following States: Maryland

 

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/.

STATE-SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR ONLINE STUDENTS

Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.

State Authorization Disclosure Regarding Educational Prerequisites

Federal regulations require Johns Hopkins to disclose to students considering enrollment or enrolled in this program whether or not it meets educational prerequisites for licensure or certification by state.

Educational prerequisites for professional licensure or certification

Program meets licensure requirements in the following States: Maryland. Maryland has a licensure agreement that provides for reciprocity with Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Vermont. The licensure agreement provides for reciprocity with conditions in the following states: Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Virginia, Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington.

*Meets requirements, but students must also have a master’s degree and 27 months experience.