Talent development and gifted education
The certificate in talent development and gifted education is a 12-credit program preparing teachers, administrators, and other professionals to develop, implement, and supervise programs to teach gifted and talented students in K-12 and postsecondary schools and other settings.
Offered by the college’s Department of Educational Psychology (EdPsych), the program seeks to prepare individuals to encourage and develop human talents in areas of academic, artistic, and athletic skills (cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills) and other human skills.
Admission is open to degree seeking or non-degree seeking students.
Applicants to this program must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Student applications will be reviewed by a committee of individuals affiliated with the program.
Note: With approval from the program director, up to three credits from another institution may be applied to this certificate program.
This program is only available to international students enrolled in a concurrent grad program. It is not offered full-time and therefore is not intended for international students needing a visa to study in the US.
How to apply
All applicants must also submit the following items:
- Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts. There is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material. Click here for more information about transcripts and credentials
- Program specific question: Answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper and upload into the online application system: Why are you interested in the talent development and gifted education certificate program? What are your primary areas of interest related to talent development and gifted education?
- LOG IN TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM TO APPLY TO THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM. Be sure to save your PIN and password so you can access the application system to view your admission status.
- When completing “Application Information” you will be asked what type of program you are applying to—choose “Talent Development and Gifted Education Certificate” from the pull down menu.
- Continue through the application pages. On the Program Supplementary Information section you will have the opportunity to upload your transcripts and goal statement.
- Follow the instructions in the online application system for submission of recommendations.
- Be sure to hit SUBMIT after you have completed the application. You will receive a decision notification by email within four to six weeks of submission of your application.
- CLICK HERE TO BEGIN THE ON-LINE APPLICATION PROCESS.
Nonnative English speakers and/or international students
All nonnative English speakers must submit an official
score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language
Minimum TOEFL score requirements are listed below:
Internet-based test 79-80
Computer-based test 213
Paper-based test 550
Students must complete at least 12 credits of the following coursework:
- EPSY 5101—Intelligence and Creativity (3 cr)
- EPSY 5191—Education of the Gifted and Talented (3 cr)
- EPSY 5991 (Section 4)—Independent Study in Educational Psychology (3 cr)
One course (minimum 3 credits) selected with the approval of certificate program director William Bart. Examples include coursework in learning and cognition, social psychology of education, measurement, or coursework in another discipline such as curriculum and instruction, educational administration, child development, or psychology.
Note: For course descriptions and schedules, refer to the University of Minnesota Class Schedule.
After admission to the program, degree-seeking students can register for courses online.
Students not already admitted to the University of Minnesota and who do not wish to apply to a degree program should use the One Stop non-degree registration option.
For questions about registration, contact Student Services at 612-625-3339.
Note: Certificate coursework completed with undergraduate student status cannot be applied to graduate-level degree programs.
Tuition varies depending on a student's degree program, student status, and residency. Students seeking the certificate only pay the CEHD departmental master's tuition rate. Students enrolled in Graduate School programs pay Graduate School tuition rates; students enrolled in undergraduate programs pay undergraduate tuition rates.
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents determines tuition rates annually before fall semester. For current tuition rates and reciprocity policies, check the college’s tuition and fees page.
Residents of Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Manitoba may be eligible for special tuition reciprocity rates comparable to Minnesota resident rates.
General financial aid advising and information are available from the University’s Office of Student Finance (OSF), 200 Fraser Hall, 106 Pleasant Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455; 612-624-1111.
For graduate assistantship/scholarship information (for students enrolled in graduate degree programs), contact the Graduate Assistant Office, 200 Donhowe (for mail) or 100 Donhowe (for walk in), Minneapolis, MN 55455, 612-624-7070, fax: 612-625-9801.
Program completion requirements
Final certificate clearance depends on completion of all course requirements, including the posting of final grades to the student’s transcript. Students will have a maximum of seven years to complete coursework for the certificate.
In addition to completing all program requirements, students musts:
Navigate to the graduate completion application via MyU through the “Academics” tab > “Degree Progress” and click on the Apply to Graduate link. Complete a Graduate Degree Plan signed by your adviser.
Complete a Program Completion Form.
The College of Education and Human Development Graduate Student Services clears certificates on a monthly basis. This form must be submitted to One Stop Student Services on or before the first day of the month that the student intends to graduate. Students who submit the form to One Stop Student Services after the first day of the month will be cleared to graduate at the end of the following month.
Successful completion of the certificate will be noted on the student's official University of Minnesota transcript and an official certificate will be issued.
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