Rutgers Summer Session Offers Gifted Education Certificate Series

Rutgers Summer Session Offers Gifted Education Certificate Series

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Gifted and talented children deserve an education appropriate to their needs and talents. That’s the philosophy behind Rutgers-New Brunswick’s new Summer Session graduate certificate series for New Jersey educators, counselors and administrators who work with these rapid learners within the K-12 system.

“The five-course program draws on input from state school superintendents and educators, parents and advocates from the New Jersey Education Association and the New Jersey Association for the Gifted Child,” explained Elizabeth Hough, director of New Brunswick’s Summer Session. The program will include course work that explores the social and emotional development of the gifted child, pedagogy, instructional strategies and the development and administration of a gifted education program. The series is geared not only to classroom and resource teachers but also to librarians, child study team members, guidance counselors, administrators, curriculum directors and parents. It will culminate in an applied practicum experience tailored to the needs of individual enrollees.

Participants will earn graduate credits for pay scale advancement, Hough said.

Joyce Van Tassel-Baska, professor emerita of education and former executive director of the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary, is coordinating the program. She has consulted in all 50 states and abroad and has worked with the U.S. Department of Education, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the American Association of School Administrators.

Two courses, “The Gifted Child” and “The Social and Emotional Development of the Gifted Child,” will be offered July 12 to August 18 at Rutgers-New Brunswick in a hybrid fashion – half in the classroom and half online. For more information, contact Hough at


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