• Gifted Education Certificate

    Thousands of students are identified as gifted and talented learners in our schools represent diverse populations in all of our communities and are capable of high achievement when they receive differentiated and challenging instruction.

    Hamline's Gifted Education Certificate prepares educators working both in and out of the classroom—teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists, resource teachers—to foster the growth and success of gifted and talented learners and build their capacity to become program coordinators.

    With a Gifted Education Certificate from Hamline, you will:

    • Learn how to identify gifted learners within a building or district.
    • Explore best practice and research-based instructional strategies to challenge gifted students.
    • Expand your skills for considering individual student strengths, challenges, and affective needs.
    • Develop methods for fostering inquiry and higher-level thinking to increase student engagement and learning.
    • Understand the various program models a school district might utilize to meet the needs of gifted learners.

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    Program Overview

    Flexible Structure: Online and on campus offerings
    Time to Complete: 9 to 12 months
    Program Begins: Fall, Spring, and Summer terms
    Curriculum: 12 credits (10 required and 2 elective)
    Cost: View current tuition rates

    Admission: Contact Graduate Continuing Studies at gcs@hamline.edu for enrollment information.


    Required Courses: (10 credits) 

    • GTED 7601: Who Are the Gifted? (2 credits)
    • GTED 7604: Identification and Assessment of Gifted (2 credits)
    • GTED 7606: Affective Needs of Gifted Students: Counseling Issues & Techniques (2 credits)
    • GTED 7607: Differentiation: Instructional Models & Strategies in Gifted Education (2 credits)
    • GTED 7609: Gifted Education Program Models (2 credits)

    Arrangements can be made to have courses taught at school or district sites. Courses do not need to be taken in a specific order but it is helpful to start with GTED 7601 as that is foundational to the program. In addition, taking GTED 7609 last is advised as it assumes knowledge from the previous courses.

    Elective Courses: (2 credits)

    Hamline offers a variety of 1-2 credit courses each term on timely topics in gifted education.

    Certificate Completion Process

    If you believe you have completed all of the requirements of the Gifted Education certificate, please request your printed certificate. Your transcript will be evaluated and your accounts checked for holds. Certificates are processed monthly and you can expect to receive it within four to six weeks after your request. Congratulations on your hard work!

    Make Your Credits Count For More

    Gifted Education Certificate courses may be applied to Hamline's Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) or Master of Arts in Literacy Education to satisfy elective course requirements.