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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.

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 pupils, pupils who show evidence of high performance capability and exceptional potential in areas such as:

  • General intellectual ability
  • Special academic aptitude
  • Outstanding ability in visual and performing arts.

You will also be prepared to work with pupils who require educational programs or services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to realize their full potential.

This program is aligned to the New York State Department of Education requirements.

Why Gifted Education?

Enrolling in the Gifted Education program will enhance your teaching skills for not only gifted students but for other students as well.  The program will prepare you to teach 21st century learners, no matter the grade level, content area, or student population. You will learn to take students to the synthesis and evaluation levels of learning that is key in the high stakes learning they are being exposed to.

As a graduate of the Gifted Education Certification Program, you will be prepared to identify and work with gifted children that:

  • Exhibit high performance capability in intellectual, creative, or artistic areas
  • Possess an unusual leadership capacity 
  • Excel in specific academic fields
  • Require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school

Application Requirements

Applications are considered for fall and spring admission, with a rolling deadline for admission. 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

We encourage you to 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. Accepted students may start coursework in either the fall or spring semester.  

Applicants must submit:

  • An online application
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee in US currency
  • 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 can 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.

GREs are NOT required for this program.

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.

Please note: The New York State Education Department now requires three semester hours of study in the area of students with disabilities for those who are entering the Gifted Education program on or after September 1, 2011 and are seeking the NYS Teacher Certification Extension.   If you have not yet fulfilled this requirement, you may substitute the students with disabilities course in place of the capstone course.   The students with disabilities course is offered online to meet the needs of our online students.      

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 in US currency
  • 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.

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.

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

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.