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UCSD Extension's Specialized Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education offers training for educators who want to teach and develop programs for gifted and talented students. The program meets training requirements for educators, counselors, psychologists, administrators, and others responsible for GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program services.

The online program is designed for those new to gifted education and for experienced educators. The required coursework offers a comprehensive examination of characteristics and identification, curriculum differentiation, teaching strategies, and program development for gifted and talented students in an online setting. Several courses also feature investigation and study in such specialized areas as technology, serving the second-language gifted student, and underachievement.

Target Audience
The Specialized Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program is offered to help educators meet educational training requirements for teaching gifted and talented students and to keep educations informed about recent research and curriculum development in the field.

Industry Certification
In the State of California, certification in gifted and talented education is the exclusive purview of school districts and Universities. At the time of this writing, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing does not approve programs in this area, nor does it issue authorizations or endorsements. The GATE certificate program at the University of California, San Diego Extension carefully adheres to established standards and best practices in gifted and talented education, including those supported by the California Association for the Gifted (CAG); Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG); and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).


The Program
  • # of courses required: 4
  • Total units: 12
  • Estimated cost: $1,600
  • Time to Complete: Candidates can complete in 3-6 months
  • Delivery: Online
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There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program

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