Teaching High Ability Learners

Teaching High Ability Learners

Certificate for Advanced Teaching in Education Gifted

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Teaching High-Ability Learners 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 Teaching High-Ability Learners certificate come from Northwestern University's nationally recognized Center for Talent Development (CTD), including CTD director and researcher Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Susan Corwith, and Randee Blair.


  • 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

June 25-29

Evanston Campus

Differentiating Instruction for High-Ability 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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Summer Intensive

July 9-13

Evanston Campus

Meeting the Needs of High-Ability Learners

This course is designed to give teachers 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 individuals with high ability; diverse populations of high-ability learners; and historical and current research in the field of gifted education and talent development.

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Contact Us

Master of Science in Education School of Education & Social Policy

618 Garrett Place
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/467-1458

Email: msedprogram@northwestern.edu