Gifted Education, AC

Our advanced certificate program in gifted education is for you if you are interested in unlocking the potential and addressing the specific needs of high ability students of all backgrounds; in becoming a leader for gifted programming in your school or district; or in enhancing your general education teaching repertoire with creative strategies to differentiate instruction and adapt curriculum for the benefit of ALL students. Our program is aligned with the National Association for Gifted Children Teacher Preparation Standards and with New York State Education Department requirements.

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Why Gifted Education at UB?

  • Become a talent-scout. Our equity-oriented program focusses on identifying assets in children and teens using varied lenses, rather than on exclusive gatekeeping.
  • Add value to your teaching portfolio. Beyond learning how to meet the unique intellectual, emotional, and social needs of the gifted learners in your classroom, you will develop your ability to impact the learning of ALL students. Examples of techniques covered in our coursework are: development of student thinking dispositions; multi-modal expression; making thinking visible; learning based on voice-and-choice projects, community problems, and entrepreneurship.
  • Become a leader in gifted programming for your school or district. Gain expertise about trends and issues in gifted education. You will be prepared to advocate for gifted students, to advise your colleagues, and to help your school implement ethical and equitable practices for non-biased place-based identification and services.
  • Take advantage of flexible enrollment (take courses 1 or 2 per semester in any order), flexible delivery (online asynchronous) and choice of tracks (NY State certified teachers or non-NY State certified teachers).
  • Choose our standards-aligned coursework. Our curriculum conforms to the National Associate for Gifted Children teacher preparation standards and with New York State Education Department requirements, including content on the NY state certification exam and the Praxis Gifted Education Test.

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Advanced Certificate (AC)
Credits required for completion 12 to 15
Time to completion 2 to 4 part-time semesters
Course delivery Online asynchronous
  • Gifted education teacher
  • Education professional
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall: Feb. 1, then rolling until Aug. 10
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling until Jan. 10

Questions about the program?

Anne Izydorczak.
Anne Izydorczak

Department of Learning and Instruction
436 Baldy Hall


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Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall, North Campus

University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection, a computer that meets university computing standards and basic computer competency.