Rutgers Slates Gifted Education Certificate Program for Educators, Parents

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Rutgers is again offering its comprehensive Gifted Education Certificate Program designed to help New Jersey K-12 educators, counselors, administrators, and parents meet the challenges of educating gifted learners.

The first course in the five-course series, The Gifted Child, will run from March 29 through June 8. All classes are held on the Rutgers New Brunswick Campus.

The program also includes: The Social & Emotional Development of Gifted Children, June 14-August 13; Curriculum & Instruction for the Gifted, August 21-October 19; Gifted Program Development, November 1-January 4, 2014; and Clinical Placement & Practicum, a 200-hour field project scheduled by arrangement with the supervising instructor.

State law requires school districts to assess giftedness and provide gifted instruction in kindergarten through grade 12, but offers little guidance on program design or professional training, according to Elizabeth Beasley, director of the program.

Rutgers introduced the professional development program on its New Brunswick Campus in 2010 to help New Jersey school districts meet the challenges of educating their gifted and talented students. Although the graduate-level program is not a state teaching certification program, it is designed for classroom teachers, resource specialists, counselors and administrators who work with this population, as well as parents who home school their children.

The five-course, 15-credit series was developed by Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska, an internationally renowned leader in gifted education, who also serves on its faculty. She is the author of 27 books and more than 450 articles, book chapters and reports, and has consulted in all 50 states and around the world on gifted education.

The program was designed in alignment with the NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children)– CEC Teacher Knowledge & Skill Standards for Gifted and Talented Education, with input from gifted education specialists, district administrators, and various statewide supporters for gifted children such as the Educational Resource and Information Center, and the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children. The certificate program includes course work that explores social and emotional development of gifted children, as well as instructional strategies and the implementation of a gifted education program.

Tuition for a single course is $2,186.90 for New Jersey residents and $3,383.90 for non-residents.

Participants must complete the first four required courses and a field assignment to earn a certificate. They may choose to complete one or more courses without committing to the full certificate program, but only participants who successfully complete all four required courses may register for the clinical practicum placement. The full certificate program may be completed within 12 months.

This certificate series is the only graduate-level program in New Jersey designed to help educators meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted students. Educators who complete this program may apply course credits toward completion of the interdisciplinary master’s degree in Childhood Studies offered through Rutgers University’s Camden campus.

More information about the Rutgers Gifted Education Certificate Program can be found online, by sending email to gifted@docs.rutgers.edu, or calling 732-932-7565.

This program is offered through Rutgers' Division of Continuing Studies, which provides a wide spectrum of credit and noncredit lifelong learning opportunities.

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