Non-degree Certificate in Gifted Education

Program Details

Associated Degree:
  • Certificate/Endorsement
  • Online
Program Level:
  • Non-Degree Program
Program Type:
  • Certificate
  • Nondegree Professional Development



This fifteen-credit online graduate certificate program is available to students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs in many fields at Rutgers, and is open to all with a bachelor’s degree. The certificate program is designed to help New Jersey educators, districts, and parents meet the challenges of educating the gifted. This special program draws on input from district superintendents, teachers, parents, the Educational Information and Resource Center and the statewide advocates for gifted children, including the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children. The curriculum, develop in alignment with state and national standards, addresses the social and emotional development of the gifted child, curriculum design and implementation, pedagogy, instructional strategies, and the development and administration of a gifted education program.

This program does not include coursework leading to a New Jersey school personnel license.



All applicants who are not currently in a Graduate/Non-degree program and don’t have an active RU ID # will need to complete a Graduate Study application. Applications can be completed online.

Applicants are responsible for reviewing and confirming that they meet program requirements before the application is submitted. Rutgers Graduate School of Education WILL NOT refund the application fee if an applicant is not accepted.

Applicants who are currently enrolled in a GSE program and wish to begin the certificate program while continuing their current program should contact the GSE Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) at

Program Requirements

It is the responsibility of the student to enroll in all of the required courses through Rutgers University. No program requirements may be met at any other institution.  Students are expected to maintain a “B” or better average as a non-degree student in the program. Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

After completing all of the program requirements students will receive official documentation of their completion, endorsed by the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.

A complete listing of program requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Saundra M. Tomlinson-Clarke.