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Center for Rural Gifted Education

Center for Rural Gifted Education

The Center for Rural Gifted Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania supports schools, families, and communities in rural areas in their education and guidance of high-achieving/talented/gifted children and youth.

The Goals of the Center are to:

  • Serve as an information and referral service

    • Gather information regarding programs and services available to gifted children, such as criteria for admission to the Governor’s School and the Johns Hopkins Talent Search, summer programs, and scholarship opportunities for enrichment programs
    • Develop lists of internet sites, teacher training programs, and recent publications
    • Utilize technological supports to disseminate information and facilitate communication regarding gifted education in rural Pennsylvania
  • Offer and facilitate educator training

    • Support development of IUP programs leading to endorsement in gifted education, master’s in educational psychology with emphasis in gifted education, and certification in gifted education (if this becomes a state requirement)
    • Offer educator training conferences on the IUP campus and in rural districts
    • Provide opportunities for gifted teachers to meet and share ideas and to support one another
  • Offer programs that increase parent understanding of the needs and strengths of gifted children and youth

    • Partner with the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, school districts, and intermediate units to offer parent education sessions
    • Facilitate parent support groups
  • Provide easy access to relevant educational materials for parents and educators

    • Develop a lending library of books, videos, pamphlets, and curricula
    • Offer a full range of psychoeducational services to gifted children, their families, and their schools through the IUP Child Study Center
  • Enhance community awareness of the needs of gifted children and youth

    • Contribute articles to local newspapers and magazines
    • Present to community groups on ways to enhance development of able learners
  • Facilitate the training of preservice students regarding gifted education

    • Make Center services and facilities available to undergraduate students in training to become teachers who would like to enhance their awareness of gifted education
    • Facilitate observations and volunteer experiences in rural gifted education classes
    • Contribute to the body of scholarly literature related to the educational, social, and emotional strengths and needs of rural gifted children/youth, their families, their teachers, and their schools

To Access Resources such as:

  • online games and activities that promote development,
  • articles and references for educators and parents of students who are gifted,
  • local places and activities that promote fun and development,
  • summer camps and programs designed for students that are gifted, or
  • lesson plans for the gifted classroom,

please visit the Center’s Resource Site or contact the Center for Rural Gifted Education at:

Dr. Timothy Runge, Director
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Stouffer Hall, Room 246
1175 Maple Street
Indiana, Pa 15705
Phone: (724) 357-2300
Fax: (724) 357-6946


  • Educational and School Psychology Department
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 246
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2316
  • Fax: 724-357-6946
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.