Gifted Education


*Students interested in the 18-credit Gifted Education certificate program may choose from online or in-person enrollment options.

The Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education is designed to address the needs of current educators who are seeking MSDE Gifted and Talented Specialist certification and additional knowledge and skills in curriculum, instruction, and assessment to meet the needs of academically talented students in their classrooms. The program is recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education as meeting the requirements for Gifted and Talented Specialist certification in Maryland.

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, characteristics of gifted learners, and hone their knowledge and skills in 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.

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 on-going professional development.

Admission Requirements

Graduate Certificate: Gifted Education
Start Terms:Fall and Summer
Application Deadline: Rolling
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
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

Requirements (18 credits)

885.501 The Gifted Learner

Graduate 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, recommending program delivery options, and the identification process. (3 credits)

885.512 Twice Exceptional Learners

Graduate students review recent research-based findings regarding identification and programming for the gifted child with learning differences. Candidates consider appropriate strategies and teaching techniques that address learning challenges as well as the development of enriched content and accelerated and innovative approaches for maximization of potential in areas of giftedness. (3 credits)

885.604 Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted

Graduate students will examine the unique social and emotional needs of gifted and talented learners and their families. Primary emphasis will be on consultation, guidance, and counseling strategies for use with diverse gifted learners including those from special populations. (3 credits)

885.505 Creativity in Education

Graduate students examine the psychological and educational aspects of creative thinking. Participants review studies of the characteristics of creative children and adults, the creative process, and the identification of potentially creative children and adolescents. The course introduces teaching strategies and curriculum materials for fostering creative behavior at both the elementary and secondary school levels. (3 credits)

885.510 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Advanced Learners

Graduate students explore the various approaches to differentiating curriculum, instruction, and assessment for advanced learning. Strategies and techniques that are supported by research and best practice are discussed and analyzed. Candidates design interventions that translate theories about gifted education into practice in their education contexts. (3 credits)

885.820 Practicum in Gifted Education and Talent Development*

Candidates participate in a supervised practicum experience in an educational setting with a focus on advanced learners under the direction of the faculty and site-based coordinator.  Practicum experiences are individually designed in consultation with the student’s advisor and the student to address individual professional goals. Individual and small group consultation sessions are held.  (3 credits)

*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.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

In accordance with US 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.

State-specific Information for Online Students

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

Contact Us

Master of Science in Education: Gifted Education
Jonathan Plucker

Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education
Keri Guilbault

Academic Program Coordinator
Camilla Mika-Simms