2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Gifted Education Graduate Certificate ►

College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: CRT
Department: Learning Sciences and Educational Research
Program Website: https://ccie.ucf.edu/lser/gifted-education/

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education prepares educators and classroom teachers to meet the learning needs of diverse advanced, gifted and talented learners in a range of services while providing an accelerated and enriched curriculum.

Completion of the Gifted Education Certificate program meets the Florida Department of Education requirements to add Gifted Education Endorsement certification to a Florida Teaching Certificate. The coursework presents research-based best practices that examine a broadened conception of giftedness, a comprehensive system of identification and a continuum of services for meeting the differential learning and developmental needs of diverse populations of gifted students. The Gifted Education Graduate Certificate program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CCIE-Gifted-Ed-GC-June2020.pdf

The coursework for the graduate certificate is based on the Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted Education set by NAGC/CEC (National Association for Gifted Children and the Council for Exceptional Children). There are two levels possible within the coursework: the regular certificate level applicable to all teachers and professionals seeking specialist knowledge in gifted education; and the Advanced level that includes the Advanced Standards in Gifted Education Teacher Training applicable to those seeking higher levels of research who may already have wide experience in working with advanced, gifted and talented learners. Strategies that model best practices of pre-assessment, curriculum compacting, differentiated and independent learning, extended curriculum, and creative productivity are infused in this program.

Please note: Gifted Education Graduate Certificate may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.


For the Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education, students complete 15 credit hours of required courses.

Total Credit Hours Required: 15 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Application Deadlines

Gifted Education Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants   Jul 1 Dec 1 Apr 1
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Gillian Eriksson PhD
Telephone: 407-823-6493
Education 223M

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233