Certificate of Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies


Get the Skills You Need Now

Amplify the effectiveness of your teaching with the online Graduate Certificate in Gifted, Creative, and Talented program from Purdue University. It’s a fast-paced way for you to broaden your professional skillset, giving you confidence to meet your students’ academic, social, and emotional needs.

The Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies Certificate Program (GCT) provides professional preparation to identify students’ learning strengths and interests to maximize high-quality, differentiated curriculum and instruction. 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.



For more information, view the
Admissions Application Checklist

Purdue quality. Flexible schedule.

Online students enjoy the same rigorous academic programs as on-campus students, but with a much more flexible class schedule. Assignments, discussions, and other coursework are posted each week in the virtual classroom.

The Graduate Certificate in Gifted, Creative, and Talented consists of four 3-credit-hour courses that can be completed in just two semesters.  Courses are eight weeks long and 100% online. 

Purdue University promotes stackable credentials.  The GCT Certificate provides a pathway to the online MS in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Gifted Education.  Once you complete the graduate certificate, only 18 credit hours are needed to complete your next degree.

Request Information - GCT Certificate

This program does not lead to licensure in the state of Indiana or elsewhere. Contact the College of Education Office of Teacher Education and Licensure (OTEL) at licensure@purdue.edu before continuing with program application if you have questions regarding licensure or contact your state Department of Education about how this program may translate to licensure in your state of residence. For those interested in licensure, please refer to the High Ability Licensure website.

Career Outlook

Teachers of the gifted and talented frequently work with other classroom teachers to develop assignments for advanced students in regular classrooms. Gifted teachers must strive to create a learning environment that is academically challenging for advanced students while remaining appropriate to students’ behavioral development. Because of the special needs of their students, gifted and talented teachers may meet more frequently with parents and administrative teams to measure student progress and achievement as part of each student’s individual education plan.

Job Titles

  • Gifted Education Specialist
  • Gifted Teacher
  • Master Teacher
  • Talented and Gifted (TAG) Teacher
  • Gifted Resource Specialist

Make your next giant leap



Course Content Information:
gifteded@purdue.edu or by phone at 765-494-7241.
Course Registration, payment, drops/withdraws, and removing holds:
Purdue Online purdueonline@purdue.edu
Career accounts:
ITaP (765) 494-4000