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Certificate of Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies from the Department of Educational Studies

The Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies Certificate Program (GCT) provides professional preparation to support and serve gifted, creative, and talented children and youth. The certificate does not constitute a teaching license, but posts to the student’s transcript as a program of study. Certified Indiana educators who wish to earn the GCT Certificate are eligible for High Ability Licensure upon completion of the program.

Program Requirements

12 Credit Hours of Coursework

EDPS 54000: Gifted, Creative, and Talented Children

This course is an introduction to intellectual, social, and emotional characteristics of gifted youth and philosophies of gifted education. Multi-talent conceptions of giftedness, including intellectual, academic, creative, artistic, and leadership are addressed. Criteria for selecting instructional materials and methods are discussed, including the design of learning experiences for gifted, creative, and talented youth.

EDPS 54200: Curriculum and Program Development in Gifted Education

This course introduces curriculum development and program design for meeting the needs of gifted, creative, and talented students. Students will be exposed to established program and curriculum models, as well as the nuts and bolts of developing curricular plans, materials, and specialized programs that support the advanced learning needs of gifted students.
Prerequisite: EDPS 54000

EDPS 54500: Social and Affective Development of Gifted Children

This course focuses on the social and emotional development of gifted, creative and talented students. An overview of the characteristics and needs of gifted subpopulations, diversity issues, and family/parenting concerns is provided, along with an introduction to current educational approaches and counseling interventions.
Prerequisite: EDPS 54000

EDPS 69500: Practicum in Gifted Education

The practicum in gifted education is offered through an asynchronous distance learning independent study format in order to facilitate individualization of assignments and relevance to students’ instructional settings. Students complete a variety of structured, self-directed activities that require students to develop more advanced skills and knowledge for supporting gifted, creative, and talented students. The practicum experience develops reflective practitioners who set goals for professional growth, evaluate their progress toward those goals, and continuously improve their ability to provide talent development opportunities to their students. This course requires students to work with high-ability children in an educational setting.
Pre-requisites: EDPS 54000, EDPS 54500, and EDPS 54200

Admission Criteria

Application Procedures

To apply for the GCT Studies Certificate, complete the following steps:

  1. Apply to the Graduate school via the Admissions Application.
    • Create an account
    • Enter email address, name and birthdate and click ‘Continue’
      • USE your information in the Parent/Guardian section so residency is classified correctly!
    • On the application, for Campus, Major, Area of Interest and Degree objective, put the below information:
      • Select a Campus: West Lafayette (Main Campus)
      • Select your proposed graduate major: Educational Studies
      • Area of Interest: Gifted Education
      • Select a Degree Objective: Gifted/Creative/Talented Education Graduate Certificate
    • Complete application and click ‘Submit’
  2. Receive admittance letter from the College of Education Graduate Office
  3. Receive confirmation/instructions email from Digital Education (DE)
    • Set up Career Account
    • Pay Tuition
    • Remove holds (if necessary). Email DE when they are removed.
  4. Upon completion of instructions from DE, authorize registration for courses online
    • DE will send instructions on how to authorize registration
  5. Receive confirmation of official registration from Digital Education
    • Information about withdrawing, dropping and refunds will be included
  6. Confirm Enrollment


Career accounts:
ITaP: (765) 494-4000
Course Content Information or Blackboard:
gifteded@purdue.edu or 765-494-7241
Course Registration, payment, drops/withdraws, and removing holds:
Digital Education ssreg@purdue.edu

Application Materials

Letters of recommendation are not needed. However, to complete an application file, the Office of Graduate Studies, College of Education, must receive the following in addition to the admission application:

  • Official transcripts of grades from all universities attended should be uploaded into the application system
  • If current graduate student in another department outside the Department of Educational Studies, upload only an updated Purdue University official transcript and the completed Notice of Dual Form-GS 18 with student signature and Home Department Head signature.
  • International Students: Official TOEFL scores (see criteria above)

Adding a High Ability License to an Existing Indiana Teaching License

The High Ability Licensure is an accreditation that provides educators who are certified to teach in Indiana with the professional preparation to support and serve high ability students in K through grade 12. Certified Indiana educators who wish to earn the GCT Certificate are eligible for High Ability Licensure upon completion of the program through the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). To do so they must complete the following:

  • Successfully pass the Indiana CORE Assessment for High Ability (testing fee applies)
  • Contact Purdue’s Office of Professional Preparation and Licensure at licensure@purdue.edu or (765) 494-2345 regarding:
    • Completion of a Transcript Evaluation (evaluation fee applies)
    • Submission of an Indiana License Application (application fee applies)

Questions about these procedures may be directed to the Purdue Office of Professional Preparation and Licensure at licensure@purdue.edu or (765) 494-2345.


gifteded@purdue.edu or by phone at 765-494-7241.