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Gifted Education, AGC

The Gifted Education Advanced Graduate Certificate Program is offered solely online. This program gives you the flexibility to complete the coursework in either one or two years. Students who complete the program over two years are permitted to take one course per semester to accomodate a life/school balance.

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Program Overview

The program's coursework is offered completely online and is comprised of 15 credit hours. If you are interested in developing the particular potential and addressing the specific needs of high ability students, then this program may be for you!

As a graduate of the Gifted Education program, you will be prepared to work with gifted students, who show evidence of:

  • Remarkable creative abilities
  • Extraordinary motivation for learning
  • Exceptional intellectual abilities across content areas
  • Special academic aptitudes in certain areas
  • Unique leadership qualities
  • Outstanding abilities in visual and performing arts

This program is aligned to the New York State Department of Education requirements. It is designed to prepare you to work with students who require educational programs or services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to realize gifted students’ full potential.

Why Gifted Education?

Enrolling in the Gifted Education program will enhance your teaching skills for not only gifted students but for all other students as well.  The program will prepare you to teach and motivate 21st century learners, no matter the grade level, content area, or student population. 

As an educator of gifted students, it is important that you understand how to accommodate these students by first identifying their abilities and talents. It is important to find ways to challenge these students, whether through enrichment activities or pull-out programs, and it is vital to find ways to assist gifted students with social, developmental, and other factors that impact them in unique and challenging ways. 

 Our program addresses topics such as perfectionism, differentiation for gifted students, twice gifted students, unique challenges faced by gifted students, and ways to nurture gifted students to help them reach their full potential.

Apply today to join our faculty in exploring ways to enhance your teaching abilities for all students.

Application Requirements

Applications are considered for fall and spring admission.  The Gifted Education program has a preferred* deadline of February 1st for fall admission and November 1st for spring admission. After the preferred deadline has passed, admission is rolling. (Rolling admission only applies to domestic students) Apply today as our program is limited to 24 students. Students accepted after all spots are filled will be placed on a waiting list and will be formally admitted to the program when a space becomes available.

All students successfully completing this program will receive an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education from the University at Buffalo.

To comply with New York State Education Department (NYSED) regulations for New York State teachers, this program has two tracks "Track A" and "Track B". Please note, the curriculum, pace, instruction, and rigor of this program are identical for all participants. The tracks exist only to comply with NYSED regulations.

Track A - For NYS Certified Teachers Only

This track is for Certified New York State teachers who hold initial, professional, provisional or permanent certification. Only those students who enter the program holding New York State teaching certification will be recommended to NYSED for the Gifted Certification Extension.

Applicants must submit:

  • An online application
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions will download and print the transcript.
  • Submit proof of NYS teaching certification (initial, professional, provisional or permanent). You must hold certification by your anticipated program start date.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.

In addition to the coursework, the New York State Education Department has implemented specific requirements in the area of students with disabilities and on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination for all students seeking the New York State Gifted Education teacher certification extension. Additional information on these requirements can be found under program requirements or on the additional requirements page on our website.

Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name.  If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.

Supporting Documentation

All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.

 

Track B - For Teachers NOT Holding NYS Certification

This track is for any teacher NOT holding New York State teacher certification (i.e. New York State teachers without certification and not interested in NYS certification, Non-NYS and/or Non-US teachers). Our curriculum and standards typically exceed most standards in the area of Gifted Education, however, please submit our curriculum to your local certifying agency prior to applying to verify the curriculum meets your local outlined standards.

Applicants must submit:

  • An online application
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended including proof of teaching credentials (proof of employment as a teacher in a K-12 institution such as a letter from your school leader or human resources department). Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.

Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name.  If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.

Supporting Documentation

All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.

 

Program Requirements

The Gifted Education program is delivered part-time and completely online.  The program can be completed in one year; however, to accommodate a life/school balance, students may choose to register for only one course per semester and complete the program over a two-year period.

Required Coursework

To earn the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education, students must complete five courses for a total of 15 credits hours. A grade of B- or higher is required for all coursework in this teacher education program.  

Fall Courses:

  • LAI 800: Identifying Characteristics & Needs of Gifted Learners
  • LAI 803: Developing & Evaluating Curriculum for Gifted Learners

 Spring Courses:

  • LAI 801: Differentiated Instruction
  • LAI 802: Identifying & Assessing Gifted Learners

 Fall OR Spring Course:

  • LAI 700: Capstone Course

The Capstone Course is a proactive way to highlight graduate students' gifted advocacy preferences by writing and publishing a children's book on Lulu.com or Createspace.com. Possible advocacy topics might include:

  • Perfectionism
  • Social emotional needs
  • Friendships
  • Time management
  • Creativity
  • Curriculum needs

This culminating Capstone Course will guide you through the writing process as well as prepare you for the NYS Gifted Certification Final Exam. Writing and publishing your own children's book will be a personal and professional highlight in completing this certification program.

Field Work, DASA Workshop and the Special Education Requirements:

The New York State Department of Education requires that all students earning an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education complete 50 hours of supervised field work. To satisfy this requirement your curriculum includes a 12.5 hour field work experience in four of your five required courses. To this end, you must identify a supervising teacher to oversee your field work within 30 days of starting your program.

In addition to the coursework, the New York State Education Department requires three semester hours of study in the area of students with disabilities as well as at least six clock hours of training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination for all students seeking the New York State Gifted Education teacher certification extension/Track A.

  • If you have not yet fulfilled the students with disabilities requirement, you may substitute UB’s LAI 574: Teaching the Exceptional Learner course in place of LAI 700: Capstone.  
  • The DASA workshop must be taken through an approved provider. You may take the workshop through the UB Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention  or another approved provider. Proof of completion will be required.

Final determination on requirements for students in Track A will be made at the time of admission to the program.

What is the Time Commitment?

Online courses traditionally require a minimum of 9 to 12 hours of dedicated study outside of participation in the virtual classroom, so it is important that you take into consideration other personal and professional commitments as you pursue your coursework.

Faculty

Learn More

The Gifted Education Advanced Graduate Certificate program is located within the Department of Learning and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo.

University Computing Standards

All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband  connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.