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Education for the Gifted and Talented Certificate

Apply for Candidacy

There is a nonrefundable application fee of $50 to declare candidacy in this program.

Contact Information

Learn more about the Education for the Gifted and Talented (GATE) Certificate program.

Education for the Gifted and Talented Certificate

Online Program

Teaching the gifted and talented presents unique challenges and rewards. The UCR Extension Education for the Gifted and Talented Certificate Program is offered to help teachers meet state educational training requirements for teaching GATE students and to keep teachers informed about recent research and curriculum development in the field.

Participants in the program will explore:

  • Identification and evaluation of the gifted student
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Learning styles
  • Approaches to curriculum differentiation
  • Strategies to working with gifted learners in the regular classroom
  • Mentoring the gifted student
  • Teaching Critical Thinking
  • Multiple intelligences
  • Social and Emotional Needs

As an added benefit, collaboration between UCR Extension and the Graduate School of Education (GSOE) at UCR allows up to nine quarter units of credit from the GATE Certificate Program to be applied toward a Master of Education with an emphasis in Equity and Diversity through the GSOE at UCR. The choice is yours! Take it a step further and really enhance your educational experience by pursuing a Master of Education.

Who Can Benefit?

This program is designed for teachers who currently work with gifted and talented students, or who are interested in working with GATE students.

Completion Information

The Professional Certificate in GATE is open to individuals who have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and hold a preliminary teaching credential.

Completion Requirements

To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete (grade B or better) a total of 15 units: 12 required units and three elective units.

Completion Time

The program can typically be completed in one to two years.


The cost for the certificate program is approximately $2,600. This does not include textbooks or materials unless otherwise noted.

Transfer Credit

No transfer credit from other institutions is permitted. However, applicable courses taken through UCR Extension prior to enrollment may be counted toward the certificate.


Instructor Opportunities

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Additional Information

Textbook Information

If a textbook is required, information is provided in the course listing when scheduled, on the confirmation you receive after enrolling, or by e-mail for an online class.

Contact Information

Lupita Villalobos
(951) 827-1665

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-4105 or Toll-Free(800) 442-4990 toll-free
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7273