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Graduate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education

The Graduate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education prepares students to complete their licensure in Gifted and Talented Education. It is a K-12 licensure attached to an existing license in general or special education.

Admission Requirements

Regular and Conditional Admission

All applicants must have:

  • A valid teacher license. (Arkansas or other state), and
  • Favorable recommendations from faculty in the program.

Regular Admission (additional requirements)

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale), or
  • Grade point average of at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses, or
  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Conditional Admission
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution; a cumulative undergraduate GPA of no lower than 2.75; and a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of at least 370 on the Verbal Scale, 440 on the Quantitative Scale, and 4.5 on the Analytical Writing Scale, or
  • Completion of at least 12 semester hours of graduate course work in another UALR graduate program or graduate program from another regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade lower than a B.

Program Requirements

The program of study includes four required courses:

GATE 7350 Teaching the Gifted and Talented
GATE 7355 Creativity Seminar
GATE 7357 Curriculum and Instruction in Gifted Education
GATE 7390 Supervised Practicum

Electives in Gifted Education

In addition, candidates select two electives in gifted education suited to their particular career goals to complete the program.

Graduation Requirements

Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study.


Master of Education in Teaching the Gifted and Talented Education

The Master of Education in Teaching the Gifted and Talented (GATE) prepares students for professional careers as teachers of gifted and talented students and as administrators of programs for the gifted and talented in a variety of school and community settings. Elective courses and independently selected student projects encourage students to focus on an area of emphasis related to personal and professional goals. The curriculum is interdisciplinary.

In addition to the Master’s degree, there are two certificate programs, a Graduate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Advanced Placement. For more information about these programs, see the descriptions that follow, and visit the website at ualr.edu/coedept/edleader/gifted.html. In addition to the Master’s degree and certificate programs, an area of concentration in gifted education is available through the doctoral program in Educational Administration and Supervision. Contact Dr. Ann Robinson at aerobinson@ualr.edu for more information.

The Graduate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education prepares students to complete their licensure in Gifted and Talented Education. It is a K-12 licensure attached to an existing license in general or special education.

Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Admission Requirements

Regular and Conditional Admission

All applicants must have:

      • A valid teacher license. (Arkansas or other state), and
      • Favorable recommendations from faculty in the program.
Regular Admission (additional requirements)
      • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale), or
      • Grade point average of at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses, or
      • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Conditional Admission

      • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution; a cumulative undergraduate GPA of no lower than 2.75; and a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of at least 144 on the Verbal Scale, 141 on the Quantitative Scale, and 4.5 on the Analytical Writing Scale, or
      • Completion of at least 12 semester hours of graduate course work in another UALR graduate program or graduate program from another regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade lower than a B.

Program Requirements

The program of study includes four required courses:

GATE 7350 Teaching the Gifted and Talented
GATE 7355 Creativity Seminar
GATE 7357 Curriculum and Instruction in Gifted Education
GATE 7390 Supervised Practicum

Electives in Gifted Education

In addition, candidates select two electives in gifted education suited to their particular career goals to complete the program.

Program Requirements

The master’s degree requires 36 credit hours, including 9 to 15 education core area hours; GATE 7350 Teaching the Gifted and Talented; GATE 7355 Creativity Seminar; GATE 7356 Current Issues in Research on Education of the Gifted and Talented; GATE 7357 Curriculum and Instruction in Gifted Education; 6 practicum hours, or 3 practicum and 3 internship hours; 3 additional approved gifted and talented hours; 3 to 9 elective hours; and a written comprehensive examination.

Graduation Requirements

      • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study
      • Pass the comprehensive exam

Graduate Certificate in Teaching Advanced Placement

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Advanced Placement is a 12-hour certificate. The purpose is to provide professional development to Pre-AP and AP teachers. Advanced Placement is a national program of the College Board which allows secondary students to acquire college-level credit for a freshman course through a rigorous externally administered examination jointly developed by colleges and secondary schools.

Admission Requirements

See previous section for “Regular and Conditional” criteria.

Program Requirements

The certificate program is a 12 credit hour program of 4 courses:

GATE 7361 Advanced Placement for Talented Youth

        (overview of Advanced Placement program-course available at Summer Institute)

GATE 7395 Internship

        (on-site internship in the home school focused on district demographics, needs analysis, equity and access issues, recruitment, staff development)

GATE 7393 Content Specific Pedagogy in Pre-AP/AP

        (curriculum unit or scope/sequence plan for Pre-AP/AP teaching assignment) (course available at Summer Institute)

GATE 7390 Supervised Practicum

        (supervised teaching experience in a Pre-AP/AP classroom)

Graduation Requirements

Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study.


Courses in Teaching the Gifted and Talented

GATE 5102, 5202, 5302 Workshop
Subjects vary. Offered on demand.

GATE 7191, 7291, 7391 Independent Study
Prerequisite: consent of advisor. Directed individual study of selected topics. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Topics may include administration and supervision of gifted programs, specialized curriculum and technology, social and emotional needs of the gifted, program evaluation and performance assessment.

GATE 7350 Teaching the Gifted and Talented
Characteristics, needs of gifted and talented children, youths; identification procedures; types of educational programs available; historical and philosophical foundations required of professionals in the field; history of the gifted child movement.

GATE 7355 Creativity Seminar
Concepts of creativity; emphasis on relationships to education of gifted and talented students; theoretical, experimental aspects of the creative processes; their application to instruction.

GATE 7193, 7293, 7393 Special Topics
Subjects vary. Offered on demand.

GATE 7356 Current Issues in Research on Education of the Gifted and Talented
Prerequisite: Teaching the Gifted and Talented 7350. Recent theoretical, practical research; students assist in identification of applicable current research issues, conduct literature searches, synthesize results to develop appropriate position statements; may be repeated once for credit.

GATE 7357 Curriculum and Instruction in Gifted Education
Prerequisite: Teaching the Gifted and Talented 7350. In-depth study of various instructional and curriculum models appropriate for use with gifted and talented students. Students will develop a curriculum project including a rationale, goals, objectives, learning activities, applications of technology and curriculum based assessment plans.

GATE 7361 Advanced Placement for Talented Youth
Policies, procedures, and program and curriculum design for accelerative options. Includes principles of optimal match, curriculum articulation, vertical teaming and comparisons of national and international accelerative program models and assessments.

GATE 7362 Administrative and Legal Issues in Gifted Education
Policies, procedures and practices for coordinating/administering programs for the gifted. Includes discussion of administrative issues of programming, identification of minorities, teacher selection, staff development, and program evaluation. Legal issues involved in gifted education, including due process, equity issues, and appropriate documentation are also discussed.

GATE 7363 Affective Needs of the Gifted and Talented
Prerequisite: Consent of the advisor. Students will explore the major theories, unique issues, and various intervention strategies concerning the affective needs of gifted students at all ages and stages of their development.

GATE 7390 Supervised Practicum
Prerequisites: GATE 7350, 7357, consent of advisor. Practical application of content, instructional skills, competencies acquired in courses; may be repeated once for credit.

GATE 7395 Internship
Prerequisites: 12 graduate hours, consent of advisor. Experience in the chosen specialization area under guidance of a practicing professional. Offered on demand.

GATE 7399 Thesis
Prerequisites: Educational Foundations 7303, 15 additional graduate education hours, consent of advisor. Formal research project; content determined with faculty committee chosen by student. May be repeated for six hours total.
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