College of Education and Human Development

Department of Educational Psychology

Talent development and gifted education certificate

Help gifted and talented students learn and grow

This program is intended to give teachers, administrators, education professionals, and other individuals with an interest in K-12 and postsecondary schools and other settings the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, implement, and supervise programs in the education of gifted and talented students. This program will prepare you to encourage and develop human talents in areas of academic, artistic and athletic skills (cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills) and other skills.


This program is designed for degree-seeking or non-degree seeking students who have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. The program is also available to international students enrolled in a concurrent grad program at the University of Minnesota. Students must complete at least 12 credits of the following coursework:

Required courses

Students interested in the certificate program should wait to be admitted before enrolling in the required courses. Coursework cannot be applied toward the certificate retroactively.

  • EPSY 5101—Intelligence and Creativity (3 cr)
  • EPSY 5116—Education of the Gifted and Talented (3 cr)
  • EPSY 5991 (Section 4)—Independent Study in Educational Psychology (3 cr)
    Elective course

Elective courses

Students will take one elective course (minimum 3 credits). Examples include coursework in learning and cognition, social psychology of education, measurement, or coursework in another discipline such as curriculum and instruction, educational administration, child development, or psychology. Selected with the approval of certificate program director William Bart.

Note: For course descriptions and schedules, refer to the University of Minnesota Class Schedule.