Descriptions

Course descriptions for the Gifted Education Program at Rutgers University-New Brunswick are listed below. View the schedule to see when the courses are offered.

Certificate Series Courses

THE GIFTED CHILD 15:294:531 (3 cREdits)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the field of gifted education and address the core cognitive characteristics of gifted children in general and domain-specific areas, their educational needs in respect to programs, services, and curricula, the support structures necessary to facilitate their talent development from families to mentors to personality variables and the foundations of the field of gifted education itself, ranging from its theoretical and research base to its grounding in legislation and administration of programs.  Course assignments will feature short papers and products to be used in practice.

Note: The course will address the Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted and Talented Education (Standards 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6) and the Advanced Standards in Gifted Education Teacher Preparation (Standards 1, 4, 5, & 6) developed by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and The Association for the Gifted (CEC-TAG).

THE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF GIFTED CHILDREN 15:294:532 (3 Credits)

This course is designed to provide a strong background in the theory and research related to working with gifted children on affective development.  It will feature core affective characteristics and needs, and demonstrate the connections to students’ cognitive make-up.  Emphasis will be on affective approaches to use in the classroom as well as more formalized programs and services in guidance and counseling deemed essential for their talent development. Course readings, discussions, and assignments including case studies focus on special issues and concerns for addressing the social and emotional needs of this population of learners. Special emphasis will be placed in this course on special populations of gifted learners--twice exceptional learners, students from poverty and minority groups, and underachievers.

Note: The course will address the Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted and Talented Education (Standards 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6) and the Advanced Standards in Gifted Education Teacher Preparation (Standards 2, 3, 4, & 6) developed by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and The Association for the Gifted (CEC-TAG).

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION FOR THE GIFTED 15:294:533 (3 CREDITS)

This course is designed to provide educators with the basic frameworks for developing curriculum for gifted learners K-12.  It will feature a design model that engages participants in articulating goals, outcomes, task and product demands, strategies, and assessments for gifted learners, based on their characteristics and needs.  Strategies for adapting, remodeling, and aligning the school curriculum in each core content area will be shared.  Major strategies that have proven effective with the gifted will also be presented, including inquiry models, independent and collaborative group work, and question-asking.  The course will enable participants to develop a scope and sequence, an Individualized Learning Plan, and connected lesson plans for gifted students at relevant stages of development.

Note: The course will address the Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted and Talented Education (Standards 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6) and the Advanced Standards in Gifted Education Teacher Preparation (Standards 1,2,4,5 & 7) developed by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and The Association for the Gifted (CEC-TAG).

GIFTED PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT 15:294:534 (3 CREDITS)

This course is designed to provide educators with the basic tools to design and develop research-based programs and services for the gifted.  It focuses on the development of systems necessary to start gifted programs and keep them operating over time in school contexts, including an identification system, curriculum and instructional management systems, guidance and counseling, and an assessment and evaluation system.  The role of grouping and acceleration as supportive aspects of gifted programming will also be featured.  Participants will develop a gifted plan for their school district as a part of the course, using a problem-based learning scenario as the basis for their work.

Note: The course will address the Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted and Talented Education (Standards 1-7) and the Advanced Standards in Gifted Education Teacher Preparation (Standards 1-7) developed by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and The Association for the Gifted (CEC-TAG).

CLINICAL PLACEMENT AND PRACTICUM 15:294:535* (3 CREDITS)

This capstone course is designed for those who are preparing for classroom teaching, administration, and/or wish to build additional areas of expertise in gifted education. Students will submit a brief written practicum project proposal to the instructor and complete a 200-hour project-based field activity focused on gifted education. Further requirements include participation in practicum seminar sessions and completion of project-related written assignments.
*Unofficial course description, pending approval.

Special Topics Courses

These short, focused special topics offerings focus on timely issues or trends in gifted education. Special topics courses may be of particular interest to certificate graduates, educators, administrators, and counselors who may not be able to commit to the full certificate series, or individuals with a particular interest in a special topic. View schedule for special topics courses.

Special Topics in Gifted Education: Creativity and Education 15:294:540 (1.5 Credits)

This introductory course in creativity addresses theories of creativity, the nature of creativity as evidenced in individuals, and recent neurobiological findings related to creativity.  Participants explore the value of creative thinking in education, strategies for stimulating creative thinking in all students, including advanced learners, and methods for supporting creativity in every academic area. 

 

​Please note:
  • This is a graduate-level professional development program offered by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
  • It is not a state teaching certification program.
  • The Gifted Education Certificate is designed as a resource for parents, teachers, counselors, and other professionals to better understand and address the challenges presented by gifted children. 
  • Courses in this certificate series may be applied toward Rutgers Graduate School of Education degree programs, and to the Rutgers–Camden Masters in Childhood Studies. Matriculated students should consult with their advisors.