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Gifted Education, Advanced Certificate

Administrative and Instructional Leadership


In 2006, the New York State Education Department approved our 12-credit program for the Gifted Certificate Extension.

The New York State Education Department now requires teachers to pass the Gifted Content Specialty Test and to successfully complete 12 credits of graduate courses in gifted education in order to qualify for the Gifted Certificate Extension. Teachers will need to have this Extension in order to teach in designated gifted classes.

The graduate program in Gifted Education at St. John’s University is designed to provide educators with a solid background of expertise in gifted education, enabling them to work effectively with a diverse population of exceptionally capable learners, and to take leadership roles in the field. In addition to satisfying New York State requirements for the gifted certificate extension, students may apply these credits toward an Advanced Certificate and Doctoral Program in Instructional Leadership.

On local, state, and national levels, communities concerned with education have a heightened awareness of the fact that human resources are our most precious assets. It is becoming increasingly clear that additional pedagogical knowledge, skills, and experiences are required for teaching those with exceptionally advanced learning needs.

In 2007, The School of Education at St. John’s University established a Center for Creativity and Gifted Education, with the mission of building a vibrant, internationally recognized center of excellence in urban gifted education.

It focuses on the urban context, incorporating rich cultural, social, political, educational, and scientific resource possibilities, and developing expertise in educating students from a broad range of backgrounds.

*No federal aid is available for this program

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Please view the School of Education Graduate Admission Application Requirements for detailed admission information.


  • EDU 7410: Identification of the Gifted and Talented

  • EDU 7411: Introduction to Designing Programs, Curriculum and Materials for the Gifted and Talented

  • EDU 7412: Teaching Creative Thinking and Problem Solving to Gifted and Talented Students

  • EDU 7413: Professional Collaboration and Leadership in Gifted Education

Online Learning

Earn Your Degree Online
Pursue your St. John’s degree entirely on your computer. Our fully accredited Online Learning programs allow you to take courses electronically. Log in at your convenience to enter our virtual classrooms, learn from our accomplished faculty, and engage with classmates.

Our online courses offer the same high academic quality that students experience on campus. Professors deliver lectures and post assignments via Blackboard, our electronic course management system. Students use it to attend virtual classes, share documents, take exams, and exchange ideas with faculty and classmates.

A Fully Academic Experience
You also enjoy the outstanding services available to all St. John’s students, for example:

  • Eligibility for scholarships and financial aid
  • Tuition and fees identical to those for on-campus courses
  • Access to library collections, career services, mentoring, and other academic resources.

Contact us for more information about online learning at St. John’s.

Program Contact

Dr. Seokhee Cho

Director and Professor, Center for Creativity and Gifted Education

Sullivan Hall Room 518
[email protected]