Gifted Education Institutes

Gifted Education Institute 1 meets the 15 hours of professional development in gifted education outlined by Ohio’s Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Students Who are Gifted. Gifted Education Institutes 1 and 2 meet 30 of a total 60 hours of professional development required over four years. Certificates of completion will be provided.

The Institute is organized in four modules – identification of gifted students, characteristics of gifted students, higher-level thinking and complexity, and curriculum design for gifted education. All activities and topics are aligned to the Ohio Association for Gifted Children’s (OAGC) position statement, What is Gifted High Quality Professional Development?


Institute 1: Saturdays; Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 9, 2019 (Feb. 23 make-up class for snow day, if needed)

Institute 2: Saturdays; April 13, April 27, May 11, 2019


Institute 1: 9 a.m to 2:30 p.m.

Institute 2: 9 a.m to 2:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Otterbein University

FORMAT: Workshops, Small-group Activities, Direct Instruction

COST OF THE INSTITUTE: $200 for one Institute; $300 for both Institutes

INSTRUCTORS: Three coordinator of gifted education programs and other experts in the gifted education field with over 70 years of gifted education teaching and administration experience between them.

Program Contact:
Dr. Dee Knoblauch
Director of Graduate Programs

Amy Featherstone
Graduate Education Advisor


1-credit: Participate in the 15-hour Institute and earn 1 semester hour of graduate credit while also working toward the requirement of the state’s new gifted operating standards of an initial 15 hours of professional development in order to provide service to gifted learners.

2-credit: Participate in both Institutes and earn 2 semester hours of graduate credit while also working toward the requirements of the state’s new gifted operating standards of 30 hours total of professional development (required over two years) in order to provide service to gifted learners.

Cost of Graduate Credit: $200 per credit hour

Tuition & financial Aid

Master of Arts in Teaching Scholarships Available

The Otterbein MAT Program is committed to supporting students in need. All MAT candidates who are eligible for student teaching will be considered for a need-based scholarship during the semester in which they are student teaching. The scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable award, with the funds allocated during the semester of student teaching.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for graduate education programs is $559 per hour and most courses are 3 or 4 semester hours. Some graduate students take undergraduate classes to meet licensure requirements. The cost of undergraduate courses is $564 an hour, with most classes being 2 to 4 semester hours. There is a student life fee of $100. Some education courses with field experiences have additional fees. Please consult the Business Office site for a complete list of fees.


There is an additional fee for each Capstone hour. Please consult the Business Office site for a complete list of fees. Tuition waivers may not be used to cover the additional Capstone fee.

Financial Aid

Earning your graduate degree is not as daunting as you think. With our financial aid options we can help remove any cost challenges you may have. Otterbein is prepared to help you answer the question; how are you going to pay for your education? Graduate students are eligible for consideration for a variety of loans.

Applying for Financial Aid at Otterbein

1. Obtain your PIN number from the U.S. Department of Education.
2. Complete the FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. (Otterbein’s School Code is 003110).
3. Complete the Institutional Aid Form.

There is NO COST to apply for financial aid or to complete the FAFSA.

Questions? Email Student Financial Services or call 614-823-1502.

Tuition Waivers

Teachers in schools with student teaching and field experience agreements with Otterbein University may qualify for tuition waiver certificates. Otterbein University provides these waivers to districts or independent schools in return for their provision of field placements for Otterbein students. However, Otterbein University has no control over the distribution of the waivers to teachers, which is determined by each district/school. The following provisions and conditions apply:

  • Tuition waiver certificates may be assigned by the proper school officials to school employees admitted to graduate study at Otterbein University. Admission to graduate study is solely at the option of the University. There is no obligation on the part of the institution to admit students because of this agreement who would not otherwise meet graduate study admission requirements.
  • Students may use multiple fee waivers within a semester, however, the number of fee waiver credits may not exceed the number of course credits taken.
  • Teachers paying tuition with tuition waiver certificates from their schools must submit a valid waiver certificate at the time of registration or make other arrangements with the Business office. Otterbein University has the right to refuse acceptance of an “expired” fee waiver.
  • Tuition waivers do not cover the costs of special fees for testing, Capstone hours, or computer labs.

Payment Plans

We realize that meeting the expense of a college education is one of the larger investments made by most families. For this reason, we have developed two methods of payment for comprehensive fee charges. See the Business Office site for information about payment plans.

How to Apply

  • Submit an online Graduate application. Application fee is $40 for graduate applicants.
  • Submit evidence of a state-issued teaching license. Applicants who hold an Ohio teaching license should indicate the license number on the application. Applicants who hold an out-of-state license will need to provide a copy of their teaching license and official transcripts documenting completion of a bachelor’s degree. Candidates not holding a teaching certificate/license may be admitted only through special action of the Graduate Education Committee. Applicants who hold a non-standard teaching certificate/license are strongly encouraged to meet with the Graduate Education Advisor prior to enrollment in classes. Students who have been provisionally admitted may register for up to 12 graduate semester hours.