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.
This program has rolling admissions.
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.
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 and EDPS 54500
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
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
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Purdue's Gifted Education Certificate program has provided a rich academic experience for me as a professional in secondary education. I found the sequence of courses particularly helpful, beginning with theory and culminating with practical considerations for programming. I have appreciated the excellent feedback and opportunities for practical application in my own classroom, and I know my students have benefited from my deeper understanding of their diverse needs and how to implement best practices on their behalf.
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