Gifted and Talented Education

Graduate Academic Certificate

The Gifted Education specialization offers a Graduate Academic Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education (GAC-GATE). It is not the same as Texas teacher certification, although the courses do prepare a person to sit for the Texas examination for supplemental certification in gifted education by the state. When completed this Graduate Academic Certificates is listed on the students' official transcripts.

All four of the certificate courses can be used in various master’s plans. It is also possible to complete a GAC-GATE and a master's or doctoral degree simultaneously, provided students apply for them simultaneously. There is a 6-year time window for use, of the courses in a masters or doctoral program. The Graduate Academic Certificate in Gifted Education (GAC-GATE) appears on completer's UNT transcript and they receive a elegant signed certificate from UNT attesting to their training.

Students who do not want a masters degree immediately, but seek preparation in gifted education, both individuals within Texas and those from other states or countries, should apply to the UNT Graduate school as Graduate Academic Certificate in Gifted Education (GAC-GATE) candidates.

Faculty Contact: Dr. Anne Rinn (

Admission to this Graduate Academic Certificate does not require GRE scores. Students beginning with the GAC can reapply later for admission to the master's program, submit GRE scores and other departmental materials (see Master’s Admission).

Course Requirements

EPSY 5105 - Nature and Needs of the Gifted and Talented (3 hours)
EPSY 5110 - Social and Emotional Aspects of the Gifted and Talented (3 hours)
EPSY 5120 - Planning Programs for the Gifted and Talented (3 hours)
EPSY 5130 - Methods and Curriculum for the Gifted and Talented (3 hours)

Once you have passed all four courses complete the Graduate Academic Certificate Verification of Completion form and return it to UNT at this address:

Department of Educational Psychology

University of North Texas
Mathews Hall 316G - Gifted Education
PO Box 311335
Denton, TX 76203-1337

You may also fax it to us at: (940) 565-2185, or attach to an email to: Dr. Anne Rinn (

Once we receive this form, we will review it, sign it, and forward it to the UNT Graduate School. The Graduate School will verify the information and process the Certificate. The frameable Certificate is mailed to you at the address you put on the Verification Form.


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