Enhance your ability to cater to the needs of gifted learners

GERRIC's Mini Certificate of Gifted Education (Mini-COGE) provides research-informed and practical professional development to teachers and school leaders. The Mini-COGE is 16 hours in length and may be delivered to individual schools or to clusters of schools in metropolitan or regional areas in all Australian states and territories. Participants receive 16 hours of NESA-accredited professional learning at a proficient level in New South Wales. 

We run the Mini-COGE either on campus at UNSW Sydney in Kensington, or at your school by arrangement. Between May - September 2020, we can also offer our Mini-COGE online during the social distancing restrictions. 

Please note the Mini-COGE is designed for teachers and administrators currently working in schools. If you have another role, please email us to enquire before attempting to register. 

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Course Details


    Day One

    Session One

    • Common beliefs and myths of giftedness
    • Introduction and/or further development of the Gagné Model of Giftedness and Talent
    • Introduction to the qualitative and quantitative differences between gifted students at different levels of giftedness and between same-age peers

    Session Two

    • Introduction and overview of possible tools for identification
    • Classroom identification strategies including the use of off-level testing

    Session Three

    • Underachievement: causational factors and identification
    • A model of underachievement
    • Case studies of underachievement
    • Addressing underachievement in the classroom

    Session Four

    • Instructional and curriculum models – the similarities and differences
    • Overview of curriculum models based on conceptual frameworks – the use of universal concepts
    • Levels of questioning in a classroom

    Day 2

    Session Five

    • Using conceptual frameworks to plan units of work
    • Pre/Post (Summative) Assessment design – mapping learning gain

    Session Six

    • Applying instructional strategies to teaching programs (Bloom's Taxonomy and the Williams Model)
    • Developing tiered formative assessment
    • Developing tiered instruction

    Session Seven

    • Managing choice in learning activities in the classroom
    • Classroom management strategies for differentiated classrooms
    • Developing differentiated assessment using Bloom's and/or Williams

    Session Eight

    • Research-based programming options for gifted students – mentoring, ability grouping, and acceleration

    We are glad to share with you that the Mini-COGE Course is now online and more flexible than ever.

    We’ve updated our timetabling to make it easier to manage work, family, and learning. The new online course has three format options to best suit navigating these challenging times: 16 hours of NESA-accredited professional learning online across two days (back to back or separated) or eight days


    Mini-COGE Online

    WHAT: 16 hours over eight days in a combination of live and recorded lectures, and self-paced and moderated activities.


    • No need for casual cover.
    • You may also be able to fit the course in between teaching and home-schooling obligations. 

    We have offered this format as we understand school budgets may be tight; that although normal routines are slowly re-emerging, those of you who are parents may still have children at home; and that your school responsibilities may still be significant with students both online and in your classrooms. 


    Mini-COGE Express

    WHAT: 2 x 8-hour days, consecutive (*inservices can be non-consecutive if preferred)

    The two-day format includes a combination of live and recorded lectures, and self-paced and moderated activities.


    • Two 8 hour days allows you to complete the course in the same amount of time that the face-to-face course would take.
    • Some teachers may find it easier to set aside larger blocks of time and book casual cover for classes.


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