Education for the Gifted and Talented

Professional Certificate in Education for the Gifted and Talented

Professional Certificate in Education for the Gifted and Talented

Online Program


12-24 months



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Make your mark on the gifted population; enroll in our program to meet the state educational training requirements for teaching GATE students. Enhance your skills in curriculum development and learn techniques to foster the unique talents and learning capacities of GATE students.

The perks of this program go beyond the certificate. Take it to the next level by applying up to nine quarter units from the program toward a Master of Education with an emphasis in Equity and Diversity through the Graduate School of Education at UCR. Not only will you advance your professional career goals, you can immediately apply what you learn in the classroom to enrich the learning experience for your GATE students by cultivating those crucial high-level skills.

Designed For

Teachers who currently work with gifted and talented students, or who are interested in working with GATE students.

What You'll Learn

  • Identification and evaluation of the gifted student
  • Methods for encouraging the progress of GATE students
  • Approaches to enrich curriculum development
  • Techniques to apply critical thinking skills across content areas
  • Social and emotional needs

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teaching positions are available in both public and private schools.

Real People. Real Results.

“Taking on the role of GATE Development Leader opened up a world of opportunity for me as an educator and learner. The online GATE professional certificate program suited me perfectly, as I am a full time teacher living and working in Hong Kong. The use of this program has allowed me to constantly reflect and establish meaningful developments in my school, resulting in positive changes for the students.”

Helen Kavanagh

Challenge School Development Leader
Discovery Bay International School
Hong Kong

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  2. Preliminary Teacher Credential

Masters Pathway

Transfer up to 9 units to earn a Master's degree.

  1. School: UCR Graduate School of Education
  2. Location: Riverside, CA
  3. Program: Master's in Education (emphasis in Diversity and Equality)
  4. Transferable units: 9 units are transferable from the GATE Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Teaching the Gifted and Talented: Guidance and Goals of the Program

EDUC X428.09

3 units


Quarter 2

Teaching the Gifted and Talented: Recognizing Individual Differences

EDUC X428.1

3 units


Quarter 3

Teaching the Gifted and Talented: Approaches to Curriculum and Design

EDUC X428.08

3 units

Quarter 4

Teaching the Gifted and Talented: Advanced Approaches to Curriculum Differentiation

EDUC X428.07

3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“The Professional Certificate in GATE Education can be completed online, which is perfect for today's busy educators. The program offers in-depth instruction in classroom approaches, curriculum design, the latest teaching strategies, and offers insights into the unique needs of GATE students.”

Dana Reupert

Principal and GATE Coordinator, Retired, and former CAG President
Riverside Unified School District
Riverside, CA

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