What does it mean to be “gifted", "highly able", "advanced" or "talented"?" How are teaching strategies for gifted students differentiated from effective practices relevant for all students in a schoolwide or individualized setting? What special needs do culturally, linguistically and socio-economically diverse gifted students display? What unique socio-emotional needs of gifted students should be considered in developing affective education and counseling and guidance services? 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 graduate options in Gifted Education:

  • Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education
  • Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction in Gifted Education
  • Master of Elementary Education in Gifted Education
  • Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Gifted Education Concentration).

Courses in Gifted Education are online.

Course Sequence

  • Fall : EGI6051 (Understanding the Gifted and Talented Student) and EGI 6245 (Curriculum and Instruction for Teaching Advanced, Gifted and Talented Learners)
  • Spring: EGI6246 (Education of Special Populations of Gifted Students) and EGI 6417 (Guidance and Counseling Strategies for Teachers of Gifted and Talented Learners)
  • Summer: EGI6305 (Theory and Development of Creativity)
  • Occasional: EGI6247 (Developing Advanced Programs and Services; Acceleration and Enrichment for Academically and Intellectually Gifted Learners.)

Academic Programs

Graduate Certificate

Gifted Education

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.

The graduate certificate in Gifted Education may be completed fully online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

Note: Training given by local school districts is not eligible for course credit towards this program. Coursework is intensive and aimed at an advanced knowledge and research in the field at the Masters level.

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Master's Degree Program

Gifted Education in Curriculum and Instruction (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.  There are two levels presented, the regular classroom teacher and the Advanced Level for Teacher Leaders and Administrators or Coordinators of Gifted Programs and Services.  Includes coursework that would lead to the Gifted Endorsement.

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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.