Extension (9 credits)

  • This online 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 are offered through distance learning — entirely 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
  • If you are not enrolled in a Nazareth graduate program, complete and submit the annotation/extension approval form, including signed permission of the program director. Deadlines are on a rolling basis for fall, spring, and summer terms.
  • Nazareth graduate students can pursue this extension by signing up for the required courses. (No application.)

Program Requirements & Course Descriptions »

Program Director

Ellen Contopidis

Ellen Contopidis

Professor / Director, Graduate Inclusive Childhood Education Programs in Education, School of
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