Continuing & Professional Education

GATE Certification

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CLU's Certificate is recognized by the California Association for the Gifted (CAG).

Professional development credit earned in the CLU program can be applied toward the CAG certificate. Courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters, to prepare the participants to meet the unique challenges faced by teachers of the gifted and talented student. Current topics and issues keep teachers informed about recent research and advances in the field. There are four courses in the certificate program and students may begin the program with any of the following four courses.

Course Number Course Title and Description Proposed Offerings


Introduction to Education of Gifted Students

Provides an overview of the education of gifted students. Topics covered are current legislation and requirements, characteristics of students and teachers, program options, and the role of supporting personnel. Participants prepare to meet the unique challenges faced by teachers of gifted and talented students.



Differentiation of Instruction

Addresses strategies for optimizing learning for gifted students by differentiating curriculum and instruction.



Recognizing Individual Needs

Provides insight into the specific concerns and needs gifted students have with school adjustment, self-concept, school achievement, and underachievement. Strategies, activities, and materials are shared which enhance self-concept and achievement. Parental involvement strategies are also discussed.




Accessing Resources for Instruction

Serves as the capstone for the GATE certificate program, surveying, researching and exploring a multitude of resources available for delivery of a quality program for gifted and talented students in the classroom.



Location: CLU Thousand Oaks Campus
Dates: TBD
Times: 5:00pm to 8:30pm
Fees: $285.00
Instructor: Linda Calvin, Ph.D.
Credits: 3 CPE Units

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