Extension (9 credits)

  • This program extends your New York state teacher certification to teach gifted students at the same grade levels as your original certification.
  • Deepen your understanding of gifted students, and your skills in designing curriculum and differentiated learning experiences for gifted students.

Program is Ideal For

Certified teachers seeking additional education to teach gifted students.

Career Information

An extension in gifted education positions a professional to be a building or district consultant as well as an instructor for the advanced learners in a school.

What to Expect
  • Students typically take one course per semester, completing the program in one calendar year
  • 50 hours of fieldwork
  • Courses may be offered on campus or online

Curriculum (9 Credits)
  • Introduction to Gifted and Talented Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction for Individuals with Gifts and Talents
  • Gifted Education in the School Organization and Community

Application process
  • Complete and submit the annotation/extension approval form, including signed permission of the program director.

Program Requirements & Course Descriptions >>

Program Director

Ellen Contopidis

Ellen Contopidis

Associate Professor / Graduate Inclusive Childhood Education Program Director in Inclusive Childhood Education
Golisano Academic Center 251

Education: B.A., Herbert H. Lehman of CUNY; M.S. Ed., SUNY College of Brockport; Ph.D., SUNY, University Center at Albany

Teaching and Research Interests: Special Education, Transition Services, Disproportionality in Special Education, Universal Design for Learning, Interprofessional Education, Assessment in Teacher Education