Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education

The Gifted Education Certificate is a graduate level program designed to provide candidates with advanced preparation in gifted education methodology and practices. Candidates become equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with children and youth in the field of gifted education.


Students complete a set 12 hour (4 courses) program of study. Courses can be taken in any order. Students eligible for the certificate program must hold a bachelor’s degree in the field of education, special education, or related services.  Eligible students may or may not be concurrently enrolled in a graduate program.

Required Courses (12 hours total)
SPC_ED 8406Differentiating Instruction: Reaching Gifted, Typical and Struggling Learners3
SPC_ED 8391Curriculum Methods for Gifted and Talented Students3
SPC_ED 8380Nature and Needs of Gifted and Talented Students3
SPC_ED 8405Assessment and Evaluation in Gifted Education3

Online Graduate Program Director: Dr. Jena Randolph
Special Education
Graduate Student Services
303 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
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