Talented & Gifted Specialization

Pacific University’s Center for Gifted Education offers an 11-credit certificate program for teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals and parents who want to learn more about meeting the needs of gifted children. The Talented and Gifted Certificate Program includes an introduction to gifted education, social and psychological foundations of gifted education, and classroom strategies, followed by a practicum in which participants apply their knowledge and skills. Each class is offered either 100 percent online or in a blended format. Blended courses meet for three half-day Saturday sessions each semester. The remainder of the coursework is conducted online to allow students more flexibility and convenience. Students may enter the program during any semester.


Students may enter the Talented and Gifted Certificate Program in the Spring, Summer or Fall terms. The program is open to teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals and parents. Application requirements:

  • Hold Basic, Standard, Initial or Continuing License
  • Administrator recommendation
  • Essay - Experience with gifted students and why pursue the TAG Certificate


Students enrolled in Pacific University’s Advanced Programs (MEd, Professional Teaching License, Initial II Teaching License) should see their adviser. All other students may register by downloading the Non-Degree Seeking Student registration form. Send the completed form to Jennifer Bridgewater at bridgewater@pacificu.edu.

TAG Program Flyer (pdf)


Ann Matschiner | Assistant Professor of Education | Forest Grove
503-352-1461 or 877-722-8648 ext. 1461 | matschal@pacificu.edu

Shelley Smolnisky | Associate Dean, Eugene Campus | Eugene
541-485-6812 | smolniskys@pacificu.edu


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