Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education

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The University of Montana is the only university in Montana offering a program of study that allows students to apply for a Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education upon completion of the program.

The Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education is a professional certificate that complements students’ academic qualifications by providing them with the specialized skills necessary to teach gifted and high ability students, and plan and deliver appropriate programs to meet their unique needs.

The Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education, a program within the Department of Teaching & Learning, aligns with the National Gifted Education Standards for Teacher Preparation. These national standards were developed by the National Association for Gifted Children in collaboration with the Council for Exceptional Children. The Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education program develops expertise in gifted and talented education, which is needed in specialized and inclusive programs for gifted students, and is also needed at the building and district level to coordinate programs and services.  Gifted education specialists also collaborate with other educators to ensure that general education teachers are able to support advanced students in their classrooms and to refer students for further testing as part of the overall identification process.  The courses are taught by UM faculty with extensive knowledge and expertise in gifted education. 

The courses offered in the Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education series can be taken to fulfill elective course requirements of the Master of Education in Curriculum Studies, General Curriculum Studies option, and the Master of Arts in Education program.  Two co-convening courses can be taken by undergraduate students in the teacher education program, and can be applied to the Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education with the completion of the remaining two courses in the certificate series.

UM’s Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education, which is offered completely online, is open to teachers across the U.S. and around the world. Distance students can participate in the class asynchronously during the course of a semester.

Required Courses (online)

For the Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education, students in the Master of Education in Curriculum Studies or the Master of Arts in Education programs must take the following courses:

  • C&I 561: Introduction to Gifted/Talented Education (3 hours)
  • C&I 562: Social and Emotional Development of Gifted and Talented Learners (3 hours)
  • C&I 563: Methods and Curriculum for the Gifted and Talented (3 hours):
  • C&I 564: Planning Programs for the Gifted and Talented (3 hours)

In addition, the first two courses in the certificate program (C&I 561 and C&I 562) are offered as co-convening courses in the undergraduate teacher education program (EDU 461 and EDU 462) as elective courses. These two co-convening courses can be applied to the Certificate.

  • EDU 461: Introduction to Gifted/Talented Education (3 hours)
  • EDU 462: Social and Emotional Development of Gifted and Talented Learners (3 hours)

Minimum Enrollment Requirements

Students must hold a national teaching licensure, be enrolled in a teacher licensure program at either the graduate or undergraduate level, or have a minimum of three years full-time professional teaching experience in a government-approved/registered school.

Contact Us

Tracy Missett
Assistant Professor
Suzanne and Dave Peterson Endowed Professor in Gifted Education
Department of Teaching & Learning
tracy.missett@mso.umt.edu 
(406)-243-4280