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RITHA Practitioner

Radboud University has been offering an educational programme on Giftedness for over 25 years. The first course was called The ECHA Specialist in Gifted Education. This training has been intensively further developed and innovated within Radboud University and evolved into a state-of-the-art, researchbased, blended training: the Radboud International Training on High Ability - RITHA.

As a RITHA Practitioner you will have all the knowledge and skills to put evidence-based theory into practice.

RITHA Practitioner in short

  • Blended: The majority (80%) of the programme is taught online, complemented by 2 face-to-face seminars on location.
  • The face-to-face instruction is organized in two seminars.
  • Consisting of three blocks, spread out over 12 months;
  • Taught in English;
  • Students will complete the training by realizing a Field Research, while learning on the(ir) job
  • After completion, students will receive the RITHA Certificate: ECHA Practitioner in Gifted Education


  • European Council on High Ability (ECHA) (international qualification);
  • NIP Kinder- en Jeugdpsycholoog (K&J) / NVO Orthopedagoog-Generalist (OG) (the Netherlands) (requested);
  • Registerleraar (the Netherlands);
  • CPION (the Netherlands).

What will you gain from this training programme?

Upon completion of the RITHA Practitioner:

  • You will have gained experience and a deeper insight into identifying, educating and counselling gifted students in primary, secondary and higher education;
  • You will be up-to-date with the latest scientific insights about giftedness and you will be able to relate to them from different disciplines;
  • On the basis of the newest (academic) knowledge, you will be able to make a valuable contribution to improve education for all students, including those who are most talented.
  • You will be part of an international network of professional experts on giftedness, who only settle for evidence-based applications and never stop learning;
  • You will receive both the ECHA Certificate and the Radboud University Certificate. Students who would like to become a RITHA Specialist, will be given the opportunity to enroll in the RITHA Specialist training to still become a “Specialist” and thereby receiving the ECHA Diploma.

Who is RITHA for?

Do you work with gifted children, young people and/or adults in the education or care sector? Did you finish your professional training, at master or at (minimum) bachelor level? Then the Radboud International Training on High Ability programme will be the perfect next step in your professional development.

Requirements for potential students

  • A finished professional training, at master or at (minimum) bachelor level;
  • A work environment with gifted children, young people and/or adults in the education or care sector
  • English language proficiency - sufficient to participate within the RITHA programme, both online as face-to-face

Contact us

If you require more information about the post-academic programme or have any further questions, please contact the programme coordinator Barbara van Ginneken.