School of Education
6740 Alexander Bell Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education
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.
Students may combine this certificate with a second certificate to pursue the Master of Science in General Education Studies. Students interested in the two-certificate pathway to the master’s degree must apply for admission into the master’s and certificate programs concurrently.
The objectives of the program are to prepare students who are able to:
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: No
# of Credits Required: 18
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 774 USD
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999