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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

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 with the possibility of conditional admission for applicants who do not meet this requirement.
  • Minimum TOEFL scores for students whose native language is not English.
  • IMPORTANT: Your “admission semester” is the semester when you begin courses, not necessarily the semester in which your application is accepted. Once admitted, you may register for classes immediately or within two subsequent sessions. If you do not register for any course for three consecutive sessions, including the summer session, you will have to re-apply for admission to the graduate school.

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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:

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


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