The Gifted

The Gifted

Certificate for Advanced Teaching in Education Gifted

The Certificate of Advanced Study in The Gifted is designed to help certified teachers better meet the unique needs of gifted students in a variety of settings, including mixed-ability classrooms, schools for gifted students and gifted pull-out programs. Although the program's focus is on academically talented students, it also enables teachers and administrators to investigate approaches to curriculum planning and pedagogy that create a challenging learning environment for all students. Gifted courses are aligned with the Illinois Association for Gifted Children's professional teaching standards for teachers of gifted/talented learners. This is a Northwestern University certificate program; it does not lead to licensure or endorsements from the Illinois State Board of Education.

Instructors for The Gifted certificate come from Northwestern University's nationally recognized Center for Talent Development, including CTD director and researcher Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Susan Corwith and Randee Blair.

Specific course offerings and dates for 2018 are currently being reviewed. The courses listed below are subject to change.


  • Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

    Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

    Director of the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University and professor in the School of Education and Social Policy

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  • Susan Corwith

    Susan Corwith

    Associate director of the Center for Talent Development summer program, Civic Education Project, and marketing and communications departments

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  • Randee Blair

    Randee Blair

    Project coordinator for the Center for Talent Development's school services

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Summer Intensive

dates TBD

Evanston Campus

Differentiating Instruction for Gifted Learners

This course explores strategies for modifying curriculum and instruction to provide appropriate challenge and support for academically advanced students in diverse learning environments. Participants will study and apply pre-assessment techniques to inform their practice using strategies such as curriculum compacting, tiering, integrating technology, and flexible grouping. The course will also explore school-level structures and leadership practices needed to support meaningful differentiation for gifted students on an ongoing basis.

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Giftedness, Creativity and the Development of Talent

This course is designed to give students a foundation in frameworks for understanding giftedness, creativity and the development of talent. Topics in the course include theories of giftedness and creativity; models of talent development; cognitive and social-emotional characteristics of gifted individuals; diverse populations of gifted learners; and historical and current research in the field of gifted education and talent development. 

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Designing and Implementing Effective Programs and Services for Advanced Learners

This course is designed to provide administrators and teachers with the knowledge and skills to design, implement, evaluate and advocate for high quality programs and services for advanced learners. Using a talent development lens, this course examines standards for programming and teacher education, models of identification and service delivery, and approaches to program evaluation. In addition, students investigate resources at the local, state and national levels. Course topics include, but are not limited to approaches to programming, high-quality program design, appropriate identification of student needs, service delivery options, program evaluation, community outreach, professional development, and approaches to organizational change.

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Advanced Topics in Gifted Education

The purpose of this course is to explore critical issues in the fields of talent development and creativity in depth. These could include theories and conceptions of giftedness and creativity, gender as it relates to creativity and talent development, social-emotional and psychological issues related to the development of giftedness and creativity, curricular and instructional theories as applied to talent development, and issues regarding the identification of giftedness and underachievement. A major focus of the course will be for students to integrate readings from various perspectives on a particular topic and articulate a response that offers linkages and connections, critiques and applications to practices.

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