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Gifted Education and Talent Development, Certificate (1764)


Program Coordinator

Julia L. Roberts, julia.roberts@wku.edu, (270) 745-6480

The Certificate in Gifted Education and Talent Development is designed to develop advanced certification for teachers who can positively impact student learning in their classrooms and schools with all children and adolescents, including those who are gifted and talented.  Courses and experiences include professional learning communities in which students interact with other graduate students from various content areas and grade levels to discuss and work on real-world challenges and promising practices they encounter in schools.  Candidates who complete the Teacher Certification including a three-hour practicum and receive a passing score on Praxis II in Gifted Education will be eligible for a recommendation for the State of Kentucky Gifted and Talented Education (KE37) endorsement. 

In addition to advanced certification, the Certificate may also be completed by individuals in a variety of careers such as counselors, psychologists, international students, and others who are not certified teachers.


Program Admission

  1. Applicants must meet the minimum Graduate School Admission requirements.
  2. A copy of the applicant’s teaching certificate or statement of eligibility must be submitted with the application for admission for the student to be recommended for Advanced Certification.  Applicants who are not pursuing Advanced Certification must contact the Program Coordinator to waive this admission requirement.

Graduate School Admission

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (12 hours)

Required Courses
PSY 432GPsychology of the Gifted and Creative3
GTE 536Nature and Needs of Gifted, Creative, and Talented Students3
Select 6 hours from the following:6
Curriculum, Strategies, and Materials for Gifted Students 1
Practicum for Teachers of Gifted Students 1,2
Assessment and Identification of Gifted and Talented Children
Developing Creativity and Leadership in Gifted Youth
Issues in Gifted Education and Talent Development
Seminar in Gifted Education and Talent Development
Total Hours12