Education of Gifted and Talented Students Graduate Certificate

Program description

The Graduate Certificate in the Education of Gifted and Talented Students provides a 12-hour* graduate-level experience for educators, administrators, curriculum developers, school leaders, or community members who are interested in the education of gifted and talented students. The program provides for the acquisition of knowledge, skill and dispositions necessary for educators to recognize the variations in learning and development in cognitive and affective areas between and among individuals with gifts and talents and to modify education programs including curriculum, instruction, assessment and environment to provide them with meaningful and challenging learning experiences.

Admission criteria

To be considered for the program, a student must have a 3.00 grade point average. Students who do not meet the normal admission requirements, but who provide evidence of outstanding potential, will be considered for probationary admission. Probationary conditions will be defined by the graduate program faculty. Students in an Accelerated Master’s, MSEd, Ed.S, or a doctoral program are encouraged to consider this certificate program. Admission to the certificate program does not constitute admission to any other Missouri State University graduate program.

Required courses*

  • EEM 720 Intro to Learner Development & Differences in Gifted & Talented Education
  • EEM 721 Curriculum Planning, Instruction & Assessment in Gifted & Talented Education I
  • EEM 722 Curriculum Planning, Instruction & Assessment in Gifted & Talented Education II
  • EEM 723 Learning Environments & Collaborations in Gifted & Talented Education

*adding ELE 720 Advanced Theory and Practice in Student Assessment and Evaluation, SFR 780 Educational Research Methods, SPE 715 Foundations in Special Education (or SPE 315 or SPE 340 at the undergraduate level), and EEM 796 Problems in Education will earn Missouri DESE certification for Gifted and Talented Education.

Completion requirements

Courses must be completed with a 3.00 GPA for successful completion of certificate.