About the Program

In the M.A.Ed. in Gifted and Talented Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program, candidates learn to address the challenges of teaching gifted and talented students with individualized needs.

Candidates gain strategies for identifying and assessing gifted and talented students, creating effective teaching programs, and implementing advanced instructional practices appropriate to these learners. The program also examines the role of teachers in reaching diverse populations, including issues related to the at-risk and underachieving gifted.

Upon completion of the combined degree and credential program, the candidate will have earned both a 2042 Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with English Language Learner (ELL) authorization and the master’s degree.

APU offers two distinct tracks leading to the completion of this GATE master’s degree and credential: Non-Intern and Intern.

Non-Intern Track

This track is designed for traditional teaching candidates without full-time teaching employment in a K–12 school.

Intern Track

APU offers an Intern track specifically designed for the candidate who is teaching full-time in a public K–12 school. In addition to full-time teaching employment, candidates must possess an accredited bachelor’s degree and subject-matter competency (CSET). The program director verifies and approves appropriate employment settings prior to course registration. More than 150 California districts cooperate in the program, meeting the needs of public school teachers on intern credentials, as well as those teaching in private schools.

Note: This information is current for the 2014–15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.