Special Education

Certificate of Graduate Study in Gifted and Talented Education

This certificate is a subset of courses from the Special Education program, especially designed for educators who are interested in working with students who have gifts and talents, either in general education classrooms or in special resource programs. After completing the G/T certificate, educators can apply, through the state, for an endorsement in Gifted and Talented Education.

Total Required Credits: 12

Required Course (3 credits)
     SED 550 Teaching Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom

Three electives, resulting in 9 credits, selected from the following:
     SED 659 Education of the Gifted and Talented
     SED 660 Curriculum and Methods for Teaching the Gifted
     SED 662 Productive Thinking and the Gifted Learner
     SED 664 Gifted Students in Special Population
     SED 665 Institute for Program Planners in Education of the Gifted and Talented
     SED 666 Models in Education of the Gifted
     SED 667 Social/Emotional Needs of the Gifted
     SED 670 Secondary Programs for the Gifted and Talented

     Or other courses approved by the Maine Department of Certification and the academic advisor

For course descriptions, please click here: http://usm.maine.edu/sehd/sehd-course-descriptions

Criteria for admission include successful completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and teacher certification in any area from any state. To earn a certificate, students must complete 75 percent of the required coursework at USM, and earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in each course.

Application Deadline

Rolling with priority deadlines: May 1 for fall matriculation, October 15 for spring matriculation.

  • Candidates should submit all application materials to the USM Office of Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300 by the application deadline.
Application must include:
  • A submitted online graduate certificate admission application; including a $25 non-refundable fee;

  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine system. A transcript is official when it comes directly from the institution. If an applicant is submitting an official transcript, it must be in a sealed envelope from the institution indicating that it is an official document. If the envelope has been opened prior to arriving at the Office of Graduate Admissions, it is no longer considered an official transcript.;

  • Current resume;
  • Personal statement describing why you are applying to the program; and
  • Completed and signed Teacher Credential Summary Form.

Acceptance to a certificate program does not constitute acceptance to a master's or post-master's certificate of advanced study program. Applications for degree status must be made under separate cover.