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Summer Institute for Gifted Certification - Summer 2015

Application for the Summer Institute is closed! The next deadline is Oct. 1 to matriculate into the program spring semester 2016. Then, April 1, 2016 for summer 2016 and fall 2016 semesters.

Hunter College is offering the Summer Institute for Gifted Certification in Summer 2015. Graduate students may earn an Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education in our six-week program. The 50 hours of fieldwork required by New York State are fulfilled outside of regular class hours. Graduate students who have been accepted by the Hunter College Gifted Education program may take one to four courses during our two three-week summer sessions, for a total of six weeks. Since the summer students have been accepted with a fall application, they may opt to take no courses in the summer and instead begin their coursework in the fall.
Students must take the Gifted Education Content Specialty Test (CST) to get their extension from New York State. We advise students NOT to take the CST until they have completed all four summer courses.


Gifted Education Advanced Certificate Program - Good for ALL teachers!

Boys WalkingThe Gifted and Talented Advanced Certificate Program is good for all teachers, not just gifted education teachers. Many of our graduate students are teachers in heterogeneous classrooms in New York City and Long Island. They come to our program because they have students who are culturally diverse, socio-economically disadvantaged and English Language Learners who show signs of giftedness in one domain or in many. They want to be able to recognize and understand giftedness in these children so that they can better serve them. In our program, teachers will learn how to differentiate curriculum and instruction and use alternative assessments to measure students' progress.

The coursework for the Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education is a great way to earn your 30+ credits.


All courses for the Summer Institute will be taught at either Hunter's main campus (E. 68th & Lexington) OR at the Hunter College Campus Schools (E. 94th & Park).

Most fieldwork will be conducted at the same location through the collaboration with the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). However, for new students who must take SPED 753, "Understanding and Identifying Gifted Learners," in the first 3 weeks of the 6-week session (because it is a pre-requisite for all the other classes), please contact Dr. Elissa Brown,, if you know of a student or students whom you could observe outside of the Hunter SEP.  For returning Gifted Education program graduate students, please contact Dr. Brown at the email address above, if you know of a student with whom you could work for SPED 755, "Assessment and Differentiation of Instruction."


The Summer Intensive for Gifted Certification will run from July 6-August 13 (6 weeks) Monday-Friday

Please contact Dr. Brown;,  if you have any difficulty registering for classes. You will be allowed to register after you are formally accepted to the program. 

You MUST be matriculated in our Advanced Certificate program to take any courses in the Summer Institute or in the academic year semesters.

Summer Intensive  Mini-Session 1 (3 weeks) Summer Session II

July 6-July 24, 2015

Fieldwork at:  Hunter College Campus Schools (HCCS), Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) -- See
                      paragraph above for arrangements for fieldwork outside of the HCCS SEP.

*Morning Classes: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

*Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

*Afternoon Classes: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

*Class and lunch hours may shift somewhat to accommodate fieldwork hours in the first session only.

Fieldwork Hours: Read below. They differ per course.

Morning Course:
SPED 753: Understanding and Identifying Gifted Learners - Individual and Developmental Diversity
[This is the first course in the series and the prerequisite for the rest of the courses.]

Fieldwork Hours
10 observations from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at HCCS SEP or by arrangement with the instructor = 10 hours

Afternoon Course:
SPED 755: Assessment and Instruction for Diversely Gifted Learners
Pre- or Co-requisite: SPED 753

Fieldwork Hours:  By arrangement with the instructor (20 hours)


 Summer Intensive Mini-Session 2 (3 weeks)  Summer Session II/III

July 27-August 13, 2015

Morning Classes: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Classes: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Fieldwork Hours: See below.  They vary with each course.

Morning Course:
SPED 754: Differentiation Curriculum for Gifted and Talented Learners
Prerequisites: SPED 753

Fieldwork Hours: By arrangement with instructor (10 hours).

Afternoon Course:
SPED 756: Professional Discourse and Leadership  in Gifted Education
Prerequisites: SPED 753, SPED 754, SPED 755

Fieldwork Hours: By arrangement with the instructor (10 hours).
If you have taken SPED 753 and 754, then you may enroll in both SPED 755 & SPED 756 concurrently.


Fieldwork: 50 hours total

  • SPED 753 - 10 fieldwork hours will be completed in partnership with the Hunter College Campus Schools (HCCS) Summer Enrichment Program or by arrangement with your instructor.
  • SPED 754 - 10 fieldwork hours will be completed using videos of the instructor's teaching at Hunter College Elementary School.
  • SPED 755 - 20 fieldwork hours will be completed by arrangement with the instructor.
  • SPED 756 - 10 field hours will be completed by arrangement with the instructor and will include collaboration time.


Application & Deadline

The deadline for the 2014 Summer Institute application is April 1, 2015. Proof of NYS teaching certification had to be included in the online application. Hard copies of official transcripts from all the undergraduate and graduate institutions applicants attended (regardless of a degree) have to be mailed or hand delivered to the Grad Admissions Office, Room 223 North, Hunter College. Please arrange for this official transcripts to be mailed as one of your first steps in the application process because they often take a long time to get to Hunter. Instructions for recommendations can be found on the graduate application.  NO application materials should be sent to the Program Coordinator, Dr. Brown.

****As a graduate student, you are required to read the Graduate Admissions website so that you are aware of any other related issues.****


Payment and Registration - If you have already been accepted

Please go to the Registrar's website to find the registration and payment information for the summer. The information is currently available. 

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