Gifted Education and Talent Development

Advanced Graduate Certificate

School of Education

Program Description

The advanced graduate certificate (AGC) in gifted education and talent development provides training on how to identify, understand, nurture, and develop the talents of young people. As suggested by the American Psychological Association Center for Gifted Education Policy, the Webster University program uses a broad definition of gifted and seeks to “enhance the achievement and performance of children and adolescents with special gifts and talents in all domains.” As suggested by the National Association for Gifted Children-Council for Exceptional Children (NAGC-CEC), educators of gifted need to understand “issues in conceptions, definitions, and identification of individuals with gifts and talents, including those of individuals from diverse backgrounds… [and they need to] promote and advocate for the learning and well-being of individuals with gifts and talents.”

This advanced graduate certificate is for educators who already have a master’s degree and some experience with assessment and/or gifted education. This eighteen credit hour advanced certificate is for those who wish to make an even greater contribution at their workplace. Graduate students are encouraged to assume advocacy roles, to participate in professional organizations concerned with gifted education, and to contribute to professional conferences and publications.

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  1. Any Webster University graduate courses taken that are not applied toward a graduate or undergraduate degree, may be counted toward the completion of an Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) program provided that the courses are appropriate and relevant to that specific Advanced Graduate Certificate.
  2. All AGC coursework must have a grade of B- or better.
  3. Any graduate coursework completed may not be counted to two different certificate programs.
  4. Courses may not be transferred from another university into any Webster University Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) program.

Choose at least one course (3 hours) from each of the following three clusters:

Cluster One: Identification and assessment of gifted and talented students

  • EPSY 5970 The Gifted Learner (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5930 Screening, Assessing, and Evaluating Gifted Students (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5990 Identifying Giftedness in Underserved Populations (3 hours)
  • SPED 5360 Psychoeducational Assessment II (3 hours)

Prerequisites: SPED 5240 Psychoeducational Assessment I. Candidates must also have been accepted into the AGC program in Gifted Education and Talent Development and have successfully completed EPSY 5990 Identifying Giftedness in Underserved Populations or EPSY 5991 Issues in Assessment: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity.

Cluster Two: Social, emotional, and motivational development of gifted and talented students

  • EPSY 5920 Meeting the Affective Needs of Gifted Children (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5980 Motivation in the 21st century classroom (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5150 Resilience and Self-Concept Development (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5100 Theories of Creativity: Implications for Education (3 hours)

Cluster Three: Curriculum, instruction, and professional leadership

  • EPSY 5910 Curriculum and Instruction for the Gifted (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5880 Psychology of Memory, Learning, and Problem-solving (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5750 Special Institute: Gifted Education and Response to Intervention (RtI) (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5940 Systems Leadership: Gifted Program Planning and Evaluation (3 hours)

  • Required course: EPSY 6000 Advanced Graduate Certificate Project: Gifted and Talented Students (3 hours)
  • To complete the 18-hour Advanced Graduate Certificate, choose two electives from EPSY and/or SPED  (6 hours).

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Students who are interested in applying to this program should also see the Admission Section found in the front of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree in educational psychology or related area.
  • Receipt of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Essay: How do you think your participation in Webster's Advanced Graduate Certificate program in Gifted Education and Talent Development will help you to accomplish your personal and professional goals?

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

 Completed application files will be reviewed by the Multidisciplinary Studies Department.


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