Graduate Academic Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education (GAC-GATE)
The Gifted Education specialization offers a Graduate Academic Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education (GAC-GATE). It is not the same as Texas teacher certification, although the courses do prepare a person to sit for the Texas examination for supplemental certification in gifted education by the state. When completed this Graduate Academic Certificates is listed on the students' official transcripts.
All four of the certificate courses can be used in various master’s plans. It is also possible to complete a GAC-GATE and a master's or doctoral degree simultaneously, provided students apply for them simultaneously. There is a 6-year time window for use, of the courses in a masters or doctoral program. The Graduate Academic Certificate in Gifted Education (GAC-GATE) appears on completer's UNT transcript and they receive an elegant signed certificate from UNT attesting to their training.
Students who do not want a masters degree immediately, but seek preparation in gifted education, both individuals within Texas and those from other states or countries, should apply to the UNT Graduate school as Graduate Academic Certificate in Gifted Education (GAC-GATE) candidates.
Benefits of this Program
- Earn your Graduate Academic Certificate online.
- Increase your options and competitive edge in the workforce when you complete the program.
- Admission to this Graduate Academic Certificate does not require GRE scores. Students beginning with the GAC can reapply later for admission to the master's program, submit GRE scores and other departmental materials (see Master’s Admission).
Worried that your busy lifestyle will get in the way of making your career goals a reality?
Our online program is the solution.
- Convenient. Earn a Graduate Academic Certificate in less time online.
- Affordable. A 3-hour course costs approximately $1,424.45.
- Flexible. Log in any time and from any place. Online courses allow you to set your own schedule.
- Adaptable. Working full time as an educator? Take courses in the summer months and fall and spring to graduate in your own time.
- Respected. Alumni of UNT's Educational Psychology department have been at the forefront of educational programming in Texas and other states.
How does this program advance my career? This program is a perfect fit for:
- This program prepares students to sit for the Texas examination for supplemental certification in gifted education. The program consists of 12 graduate credit hours and a 6-hour mentored internship. Content for all four courses is delivered 100% online. English Language Arts and Reading candidates may be required to complete up to two additional reading courses in order to meet the state requirements. Contact the program advisors for information about reading coursework.
How does it work?
- The 12 hour Graduate Academic Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education (GAC0GATE) requires 4 courses (EPSY5105, EPSY5110, EPSY5120, and EPSY5130).
- Admission to this Graduate Academic Certificate does not require GRE scores. Students beginning with the GAC can reapply later for admission to the master's program, submit GRE scores and other departmental materials.
- Online course schedule rotates throughout Fall, Summer, and Spring with many courses offered each semester -- allowing you to easily fit the courses offered to your personal schedule.
- It may only take one year to complete this 4-course certificate (depending on rotation schedule).
U.S. News and World Report ranked the College of Education 13th in the nation for Best Online Graduate Education Programs.