What does it mean to be “gifted?" How are teaching strategies for gifted students different from effective practices relevant for all students? What special needs do diverse gifted students display? What unique socio-emotional needs of gifted students should be considered in counseling? How can we generate creative productivity in gifted students? These questions will be addressed in the Gifted Education program at UCF.
The College of Community Innovation and Education offers two options in Gifted Education: a track (specialization) in the Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education program and a graduate certificate.
Courses are online.
- Fall : EGI6051 (Understanding) and EGI 6245 (Curriculum)
- Spring: EGI6246 (Special Populations) and EGI 6417 (Counseling)
- Summer: EGI6305 (Creativity)
The Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education prepares educators and classroom teachers to meet the learning needs of diverse advanced, gifted and talented learners in a range of services while providing an accelerated and enriched curriculum.
Completion of the Gifted Education Certificate leads to an endorsement to the Florida Teaching Certificate in Gifted Education. The coursework presents research-based best practices that examine a broadened conception of giftedness, a comprehensive system of identification and a continuum of services for meeting the differential learning and developmental needs of diverse populations of gifted students.
Note: Training given by local school districts is not eligible for course credit towards this program.
Master's Degree Program
Gifted Education (MEd)
The Gifted Education track in the Curriculum and Instruction MEd program is designed to meet the advanced knowledge and skill needs of educators who teach diverse gifted and talented students.
UCF Faculty Advocates for Advanced and Gifted Education (ADAGE)
- The UCF ADAGE Special Interest Group upholds a concept of giftedness that is comprehensive, multifaceted, equitable and viewed within a cultural and socio-economic context.
- This group supports the programs and services developed not only to meet the needs of advanced, highly able, gifted and talented students but also to challenge their excellence and creative productivity.
- Faculty Advocates are involved in research and practice in gifted education with school service in local districts and participation in challenging programs for gifted learners.
- This group advocates for specialist qualifications in gifted education for teachers of the gifted, and the incorporation of professional development for teachers in methods appropriate for serving gifted students in regular classrooms.
- Faculty advocates promote gifted education through presentations at local and international conferences and publications in gifted education.