Gifted and Talented Education Certificate - Online
Fully online gifted and talented education graduate certificate. Now accepting applications for our summer 2017 program start.
The Gifted and Talented Education graduate certificate is designed for aspiring and practicing classroom teachers, resource specialists, educational consultants, administrators, and parents. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully teach students who demonstrate exceptional performance in intellectual, creative or artistic areas as well as students who may benefit from specialized instruction and activities within specific content areas. The certificate program will also help students develop expertise in planning, developing, administering, and evaluating the efficacy and impact of gifted and talented programs in schools, cultural institutions, and community settings.
The certificate will teach you to:
- Employ rigorous techniques for identifying gifted and talented learners
- Differentiate instruction to meet the specific needs of gifted and talented learners
- Create instructional contexts and activities that promote creative problem solving, and critical thinking skills
- Plan, develop, implement, and maintain a gifted and talented program in schools or community settings
- Assess gifted and talented students’ learning and evaluate the efficacy and impact of gifted and talented programs
- Conceptualize gifted and talented education in intellectual and academic areas, as well as creative, artistic, and other endeavors
- Work in partnership with the parents and family of gifted and talented learners
Benefits for parents:
The Graduate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education provides familiies of gifted and talented learners with a more profound and research-based understanding of their children's cognitive, emotional, and social development. The program also equips parents with the knowledge to advocate in communities and schools in terms of meeting their children's needs.
The State of New Jersey Department of Education requires all schools, kindergarten to grade 12, to have a board-approved gifted and talented program and for gifted and talented learners to be identified and provided with “appropriate adaptations and services.” With this provision and the continuing growth of gifted and talented education across the country, there are many career opportunities for aspiring and practicing classroom teachers, resource specialists, educational consultants, and administrators. Career opportunities include:
- Teacher or instructor of gifted and talented children in a variety of content areas, including science, math, humanities, language arts, technology and engineering and visual, musical, and performing arts
- Director of a gifted and talented program
- Program administrator-coordinator
- Educational support personnel
- Program assessment and evaluation specialist
- Tutor of gifted and talented students
- Curriculum specialist
- Intervention specialist for gifted and talented students
- Gifted and talented enrichment consultant
In addition to positions that are active during the regular school year, many gifted and talented programs are administered during the summer and winter months as well as during weekends.
Program of Study
The program of study for the certificate program in Gifted and Talented Education consists of three courses, all of which will be delivered using online technologies and will take advantage of the many available technological and instructional resources available at Montclair State University. Each of the three courses will be offered once per academic year and may be taken in any order giving you flexibility in scheduling your coursework.
The certificate program provides you with diverse, research-based knowledge and skills as you develop a deeper understanding of gifted and talented education. The following themes will be integrating topics within each of the three courses listed below.
|Integrating Theme||EDFD 510||EDFD 515||EDFD 575|
|Cognitive & socio-emotional development||x||x||x|
|Differentiating Gifted - Underprepresented Populations||x||x|
|Diversity, equity, social justice||x||x||x|
Complete 3 courses for 9 semester hours:
This course examines creative problem solving, imagination, and other thinking skills in gifted and talented learners. These 21st century skills are considered essential for personal, social, academic, and vocational success, and they feature in many of the most influential models of gifted and talented education. The course draws heavily on empirical research examining creativity and critical thinking as well as their psychological and philosophical foundations. The central idea guiding the course is that creativity and imagination are mental skills that could be promoted and developed. They can be taught. This perspective counters the traditional view that people are naturally creative or imaginative. Students learn the optimal methods and strategies for promoting such behaviors in learners.
This course examines the historical, social, philosophical, and psychological foundations of gifted and talented education as well as issues related to the identification, instruction, and assessment of gifted and talented students. Students in the course examine the needs and cognitive, emotional, and social development of gifted and talented learners. Particular emphasis is placed on issues of diversity, democracy, and social justice as they relate to gifted and talented education. As such, the course critically examines the traditional focus of gifted and talented education on academic achievement and explores exceptional performance in alternative subject areas such as performance in visual, performing, musical, and literary arts as well as less traditional subject areas such as technology.
In this course, students learn the fundamentals of creating, implementing, and maintaining curricula and developing and employing methods for identifying, teaching, and assessing gifted and talented learners. A distinguishing feature of this course is the opportunity to virtually interact with senior educators and staff members at Montclair State University’s renowned K-12 Gifted and Talented Program, which serves gifted and talented learners from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania year-round. Students therefore apply concepts related to gifted and talented education within an authentic learning environment.