Jun 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gifted and Talented Education Specialist (GATES) (GFT)


Program Coordinator: Dr. Sharon Bowers

Program Delivery Format: Online (Hybrid delivery, mix of online and in-person, is available for School Partnership cohorts), 8-week sessions.

Total Credits: 18

Average Completion Time: 12 months

Admission: Fall, Spring, and Summer (two admission options each semester, six entry points a year)

For more information contact:

Graduate Admissions: Crystal Perry, Assistant Director, Graduate Enrollment Management
(410) 857-2516

McDaniel Graduate and Professional Studies - gpsadvising@mcdaniel.edu or 410.857.2500.

The Gifted and Talented Education Specialist (GATES) program is designed for practicing P-12 educators who seek to gain expertise in working with gifted and talented learners. The GATES program prepares teachers who hold initial teaching certification to meet the curriculum, assessment, and instructional needs of academically talented students. This program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for Gifted and Talented Specialist Certification. Coursework is aligned to National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) standards.

The GATES program is available completely online. The program consists of five courses and an internship for a total of 18 credit hours. The internship (160 hours) may be completed in the school district in which one works.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application for graduate study
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA or higher.  Students with a GPA of 2.75 to 2.99 may be admitted provisionally and must maintain a 3.0 in the first 9 to 12 credit hours of graduate study. 
  • Copy of teacher certification or certification eligibility (graduate of an approved teacher preparation program and passing Maryland State Department of Education test scores)


Total Credits Hours: 18