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Courses

The Gifted Education and Talent Development Online Graduate Certificate is comprised of three required courses and one elective (12-credits total) that are offered in the semesters listed.

Required courses:

Fall Spring Summer
EPSY 5710: Introduction to Gifted Education and Talent Development ✔︎
EPSY 5720: Developing Schoolwide Enrichment Programs ✔︎
EPSY 5740: Strategies for Differentiating the Grade Level Curriculum ✔︎

Electives (pick one):

EPSY 5750: Enhancing Creativity in the Classroom ✔︎
EPSY 5760: Improving Students’ Thinking Skills ✔︎
EPSY 5780: Social and Emotional Components of Giftedness and Talent Development ✔︎


EPSY 5710: Introduction to Gifted Education and Talent Development

(offered fall semesters)

The course covers problems encountered in developing giftedness and talents in students. Topics include the nature of exceptional abilities, student characteristics, major scientific studies dealing with superior abilities, the history of special provisions, and contemporary educational systems and models in gifted and talented education.


EPSY 5720: Developing Schoolwide Enrichment Programs

(offered spring semesters)

This course is designed for classroom teachers, enrichment specialists, gifted education coordinators, and administrators. Participants will review the research and history regarding talent development and gifted education. The course will focus on the philosophy and work of Joseph Renzulli and his conception of giftedness as creative productivity. His model and framework for talent development and curriculum modification and differentiation will be explored in depth. Participants will spend the majority of their time learning how to implement a classroom-based or school-based enrichment and talent development program based on the Schoolwide Enrichment Model.


EPSY 5740: Strategies for Differentiating the Grade Level Curriculum

(offered summer semesters)

Provides an introduction to instructional and managerial techniques used in addressing individual learning needs, strengths, styles, and preferences of students within a classroom with an emphasis on differentiation strategies that improve student achievement.


Students must also take one of the following electives:


EPSY 5750: Enhancing Creativity in the Classroom

(offered fall semesters)

The major purpose of this introductory course is to study the theoretical and practical aspects of creativity, namely, what is creativity, and how do we develop it in ourselves and students? The course is an introductory overview of major definitions, theories, and research related to the study of creativity and the creative individual. Class members will learn techniques for stimulating creative thinking as well as strategies for adapting existing curricula to develop creative thinking abilities in students. Topics also include the assessment of creative thinking, methods for enhancing personal creative abilities, and techniques for examining the creative process.


EPSY 5760: Improving Students’ Thinking Skills

(offered spring semesters)

Whether in professional careers or in daily life, contemporary society is increasingly in need of individuals proficient at problem solving skills, critical reasoning, creativity, and analysis. Because society needs citizens with these skills, as educators it is our responsibility to nurture and develop these capabilities in our students. Prepare to be both role models of such thinking and developers of such skills in students.


EPSY 5780: Social and Emotional Components of Giftedness and Talent Development

(offered fall semesters)

Explore current research, psychological theory and practical counseling techniques relevant to the social and emotional components of giftedness. Some topics include perfectionism, gender issues, underachievement, and special populations.