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Gifted & Talented Education (GATE)


Teaching the gifted and talented is an inspirational and rewarding challenge. Gifted learners tend to show characteristics that differ from their peers in every area of function: cognitive, affective, physical and intuitive.

Offered completely online, UCI Division of Continuing Education's Gifted and Talented Education Specialized Studies program will help you develop a new skill set and gain a deeper understanding of the needs and issues of this diverse group of students.

This teacher-focused program is also aligned with CAG, NAGC, and state standards of excellence.

Who Should Attend

  • Experienced and novice teachers seeking the latest strategies for curricular differentiation
  • Individuals interested in Gifted & Talented Education theory and practical applications
  • Individuals exploring entry or career transition into GATE instruction

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Program Benefits

  • Identify and evaluate diversely gifted students
  • Determine and meet unique psychological needs
  • Gain the ability to provide instruction that is balanced between theory and application
  • Acquire the skills necessary to build differentiated curriculum to meet the needs all of learners, regardless of level
  • Learn effective ways to advocate for your gifted child and for gifted programming in general
  • Learn to identify the unique social and emotional characteristics of your gifted child
Graduate Candice Stoneff discusses her experiences in the GATE Specialized Studies and shares why she feels the professional development program is so beneficial for all K-12 educators.

Course Schedule

Required Courses

EDUC X372.1
GATE: Identification and Programming (1.00 Unit)
EDUC X372.1
EDUC X372.2
GATE: Meeting Social and Emotional Needs (2.00 Units)
EDUC X372.2
  to be scheduled    
EDUC X372.3
GATE: Differentiated Instruction (3.00 Units)
EDUC X372.3
    to be scheduled  

Elective Courses

Gifted & Talented Education
EDUC X372.06
GATE: Engaging Students Through Technology (2.00 Units)
EDUC X372.06
GATE: Teaching the Arts (2.00 Units)
EDUC X372.93
GATE: Creative and Productive Thinking (1.00 Unit)
EDUC X372.93
  to be scheduled    

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 16 Oct 22 Jan 21 Apr 22
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 21 Jan 4 Mar 29 Jun 21
Courses End* (week of) Dec 14 Mar 15 Jun 7 Sep 7
Parking Permits Expire Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30 Sep 30
Administrative Holidays Nov 11, Nov 26-27, Dec 24-25, Dec 31 Jan 1, Jan 18, Feb 15 Mar 26, May 31 Jul 5, Sep 6

*Actual dates may vary by program.


Learn How To Earn Your CertificateSpecialized Studies Award Requirements

Students must complete 3 required courses and 2 electives of their choice (adding up to 3 units). The specialized studies is awarded upon successful completion of 9 units with a letter grade of “C” or better. To receive your digital certificate, submit a Request for Certificate with a non-refundable $35 application fee after completing all program requirements. Students not pursuing a specialized studies award are welcome to take as many courses as they wish. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course.

Onsite Courses Available

UCI Division of Continuing Education can provide individual courses, specialized in-services, or the entire GATE Specialized Studies program onsite at schools, district professional development centers, or other venues at reduced costs. On-site courses cover a number of topics critical to increasing teachers’ skill sets and can be tailored to unique demands of the school being served. To learn how to bring GATE programming to your school district, contact (949) 824-9304 or

11th Annual Gifted & Talented Education Webinar Series

An expert-led series designed for teachers, administrators and parents of the gifted!
Using Universal Concepts to Integrate Across the Curriculum View on-demand
Inquiry/PBL and the Gifted Student View on-demand
Untapped Potential: Powerful Strategies to Enhance the Learning of Twice-Exceptional Students View on-demand
The Duality of Giftedness: Promoting the Strengths and Addressing the Weaknesses View on-demand

Frequently Asked Questions

Advisory Committee

  • Beth L. Andrews, GATE Coordinator, Irvine Unified School District
  • Darlene Boyd, Director, UCI Gifted Students Network
  • Kate Edwards, PhD, Independent Educational Consultant and Gifted Education Instructor
  • David Ghoogasian, Educational Consultant, The Lyceum
  • Marcie Griffith, Elementary Principal, Garden Grove Unified School District

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

Attention GATE Teachers!

We offer a number of resources in our free online GATE community, including past webinar recordings and information about upcoming events. To join our community, please call (949) 824-9304.

Flexible Grouping for Advanced Learners (and all students)
Recorded 11/7/2018
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