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Gifted & Talented Education

Specialized Studies Program Online!

Teaching the gifted and talented is an inspirational and rewarding challenge.  Gifted learners tend to show characteristics that differ from their peers in every area of function: cognitive, affective, physical and intuitive.

Offered completely online, UCI Division of Continuing Education's Gifted and Talented Education Specialized Studies program will help you develop a new skill set and gain a deeper understanding of the needs and issues of this diverse group of students.

This teacher-focused program is also aligned with CAG, NAGC, and state standards of excellence.

Program Benefits

  • Identify and evaluate diversely gifted students
  • Determine and meet unique psychological needs
  • Gain the ability to provide instruction that is balanced between theory and application
  • Acquire the skills necessary to build differentiated curriculum to meet the needs all of learners, regardless of level

Who Should Attend

  • Experienced and novice teachers seeking the latest strategies for curricular differentiation
  • Individuals interested in Gifted & Talented Education theory and practical applications
  • Individuals exploring entry or career transition into GATE instruction

Onsite Courses Available

UCI Division of Continuing Education can provide individual courses, specialized in-services, or the entire GATE Specialized Studies program onsite at schools, district professional development centers, or other venues at reduced costs. On-site courses cover a number of topics critical to increasing teachers' skill sets and can be tailored to unique demands of the school being served. To learn how to bring GATE programming to your school district, contact (949) 824-9304 or

How much does it cost?

Fees range from $375 to $500 per course. Depending on which courses you choose, the tuition cost of the GATE specialized studies is approximately $2,200. There is also a $35 certificate request fee.

How long is the program?

The GATE specialized studies consists of 9 units. By taking one or two courses per quarter, many students complete the program in 9 to 15 months. Students are encouraged to complete the program within five years.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

Stay Informed About
Gifted & Talented Education

8th Annual Gifted & Talented Education Webinar Series
Explore this year's expert-led series designed for educators, administrators, and parents of the gifted – free and on-demand! Click on the titles below to view the webinars.

Step Up Your Game: Gamification in Secondary Education
Free Event: Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Differentiation Across The Disciplines: Collaborative Conversations
Free Event: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Differentiated Instruction: Collaborative Conversations
Recorded on 5/27/2015
View Webinar

Building Cognitive Curriculum
Recorded on 5/20/2015
View Webinar

Attention GATE Teachers!
We offer a number of resources in our free online GATE community, including past webinar recordings and information about upcoming events. To join our community, please call (949) 824-9304.

What courses are required for the program?

Students must complete 3 required courses and 2 electives of their choice (adding up to 3 units).

What are the requirements for the GATE Specialized Studies?

The specialized studies is awarded upon successful completion of 9 units with a grade of “C” or better. To receive your certificate, submit a Request for Certificate after completing all program requirements. Students not pursuing a specialized studies award are welcome to take as many courses as they wish.

Advisory Committee

  • Beth L. Andrews, GATE Coordinator, Irvine Unified School District
  • Darlene Boyd, Director, UCI Gifted Students Network
  • Ian Byrd, Founder, Byrdseed
  • Alison DeMark, GATE Coordinator, Fullerton School District
  • David Ghoogasian, Educational Consultant, The Lyceum
  • Marcie Griffith, Elementary Principal, Garden Grove Unified School District
  • Katie Hickox, GATE Coordinator and QUEST Lead, Millikan High School, Long Beach Unified School District