The graduate certificate program in gifted education provides the theory and pedagogy needed to identify and serve gifted children. This program is for teachers, school administrators, school psychologists, early interventionists and family members who want to strengthen their ability to work with this population of learners.
Graduates of the program understand how to identify learning potential and address specific needs of gifted and talented students. They have an understanding of gifted students' affective and academic needs and know how to design and provide appropriately challenging, differentiated curriculum and instruction.
Graduates learn how to develop a continuum of gifted programs and services, work with school administrators, teachers, school boards and parents, and are able to advocate for gifted students at local and national levels.
The program also provides coursework in gifted education required for the Gifted Education (K–12) endorsement from the Arizona Department of Education. Students should refer to the Arizona Department of Education website for additional requirements.