Gifted Education, AC

Our advanced certificate program in gifted education is for you if you are interested in developing the potential and addressing the specific needs of high ability students. Our program is aligned with New York State Education Department requirements and will prepare you to work with gifted students who require educational programs or services that will help them realize their full potential.

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Why Gifted Education at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • addressing topics such as perfectionism, differentiation for gifted students, twice exceptional (2E) students, unique challenges faced by gifted students, and ways to nurture gifted students to help them reach their full potential
  • enhancing your teaching skills for not only gifted students but for all other students as well
  • two tracks: Track A (for New York State certified teachers) and Track B (for non-New York State certified teachers) that comply with New York State Education Department regulations

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Advanced Certificate (AC)
Credits required for completion 12-15
Time to completion 2 full-time semesters
Course delivery Online
Careers
  • Gifted education teacher
  • Education professional
Application deadline Feb. 1 (fall)
Nov. 1 (spring)

Program Coursework

Semester 1

  • LAI 800 Identifying Characteristics and Needs of Gifted Learners
  • LAI 803 Developing & Evaluating Curriculum for Gifted Learners

Semester 2

  • LAI 801 Differentiated Instruction
  • LAI 802 Identifying & Assessing Gifted Learners

Semester 3

  • LAI 700 Capstone Course (optional) or LAI 574 Teaching the Exceptional Learner (only for those who do not meet the Students with Disabilities requirement)

Faculty

Application Requirements

To comply with New York State Education Department (NYSED) regulations for New York State teachers, this program has two tracks: "Track A" and "Track B." Please note the curriculum, pace, instruction and rigor of this program are identical for all participants. 

Track A - For NYS Certified Teachers Only

This track is for certified New York State teachers who hold initial, professional, provisional or permanent certification. If you hold New York State teaching certification, you will be recommended to NYSED for the gifted certification extension.

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Submit proof of NYS teaching certification (initial, professional, provisional or permanent). You must hold certification by your anticipated program start date.
  • Test scores: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores from tests taken within the last five years. For NYS certified teachers and educational leaders who already hold a graduate degree, the GRE is not required.
Dignity for All Students Act Requirement

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) requires that all students applying for certification as of December 31, 2013 have 6 hours of coursework or training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination. As mandated by NYSED six clock hours of training in harassment, bullying, and discrimination prevention and intervention. This workshop is available through the University at Buffalo as well as other NYSED-approved providers. If you have already completed a workshop through a NYSED-approved provider, you must submit proof of completion when you apply.

Students with Disabilities Requirement

The New York State Education Department requires three semester hours of study in the area of students with disabilities for those who are entering the teacher education programs. If you have not yet fulfilled this requirement, you may take our students with disabilities course (LAI 574).

Field Work

The New York State Department of Education (NYSED) requires that all students earning an Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education complete 50 hours of supervised field work. To satisfy this requirement your curriculum includes field work experience in all of your required courses. To this end, you must identify a supervising teacher to oversee your field work within 30 days of starting your program. The school site will be chosen by the student and arranged with assistance from the Department's Clinical Coordinator.

Track B - For Teachers NOT Holding NYS Certification

This track is for any teacher not holding New York State teacher certification (i.e., New York State teachers without certification and not interested in NYS certification, such as non-NYS and/or non-US teachers). Our curriculum and standards exceed most standards in the area of gifted education. However, you may choose to submit our curriculum to your local certifying agency prior to applying to verify if the curriculum meets your local standards.

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

Field Work

The New York State Department of Education (NYSED) requires that all students earning an Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education complete 50 hours of supervised field work. To satisfy this requirement your curriculum includes field work experience in all of your required courses. To this end, you must identify a supervising teacher to oversee your field work within 30 days of starting your program. The school site will be chosen by the student and arranged with assistance from the Department's Clinical Coordinator.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 96 for the Internet based test. 
    • IELTS minimum score is 7.0 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.5. 
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50. 
  • Financial documentation – International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement translated into U.S. dollars

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.