• Ph.D. students

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

  • Faculty and Students Present at AERA
    Faculty and students from the graduate program in Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development are presenting research at the American Educational Research Association conference in Toronto April 5-9.
    Posted on April 4, 2019

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.

Ph.D.

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.