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The Giftedness, Creativity and Talent Development Program at the University of Connecticut offers multiple pathways for interested graduate students to pursue advanced-level courses. Students have opportunities to gain in-depth knowledge about identifying and serving students for special programs and services to develop their gifts and talents. Students can also pursue research in the area of creativity and innovation. The program is housed in the Department of Educational Psychology, which offers a graduate certificate, master of arts, sixth-year diploma, and doctor of philosophy programs in gifted and talented education.

Recent News

$5M Awarded in Federal Funding

  • Professor Catherine Little was awarded $2.4 million in funding from the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Act to support Project LIFT (Learning Informs Focused Teaching), which focuses on students who have high-academic potential, especially those from underserved populations.
  • Professor E. Jean Gubbins was awarded $2.5 million, also from the Javits Act, to support "Thinking Like Mathematicians: Challenging All Grade 3 Students." This project is a scaled-up version of evidence-based quantitative and qualitative mathematics studies--including identification and programming studies--as well as a qualitative study of identification practices for English learners.

$300K Awarded for Mentor Education

  • The Neag School of Education was awarded $300,000 from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for the "Young Scholars Senior Summit Program."

National Center for Research on Gifted Education (NCRGE)

  • NCRGE researchers publish study on the role of poverty in the identification of gifted students.

Graduate Certificate

We are pleased to offer a fully-online graduate certificate in Gifted Education and Talent Development. This certificate program can be completed in one year. Participants earn 12 credits. The credits earned in this program can later be applied to a Master’s degree or advanced diploma in Gifted Education.

Master’s Degree / Sixth Year Diploma

Students interested in the Master of Arts or Sixth-Year Diploma in Professional Education (certificate) may pursue their studies full-time on campus, part-time through a combination of campus and on-line program offerings, or fully online. Students who enroll in these programs are trained to be teachers of gifted and talented students or program coordinators in public schools or related educational settings. These programs require a minimum of 30 credits of coursework.


Students earning a Ph.D. enroll full-time (generally for three years). The purpose of the Ph.D. program is to prepare the next generation of researchers and leaders in the field of gifted and talented education or the field of creativity and innovation.