Graduate Teacher Certification: Gifted and Talented Teacher and Coordinator Licensure

Licensure - Teaching & Learning Concentration



The Gifted and Talented Teacher and Coordinator Licensure Program is an accelerated graduate program for licensed educators who wish to be certified to teach gifted and talented students in the developmental level(s) for which they are currently licensed. The curriculum addresses the unique learning demands of gifted learners, as well as their distinctive social and emotional needs. Successful completion of this program results in eligibility for the Gifted Education Teacher license (1013) or, with one additional course, the Gifted Education Program Coordinator license (5013).

Our flexible accelerated program is perfect for working professionals. The program is offered as a self-paced on-line program, or as a face-to-face cohort meeting one evening each week. Depending on the desired licensure, students will take 12-15 graduate credits over a period of 8-10 months.

After completing the licensure coursework, students have the option to take 18 – 21 additional credits to complete the Master of Science in Education – Teaching and Learning. Speak to a member of the Admissions Team for more information.

The curriculum is developed to meet the Wisconsin Licensure Program Content Guidelines, plus the NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted and Talented Education. While this concentration leads to a supplemental license, if you are outside of Wisconsin you should make sure the standards are aligned with your state.

Area of Study Education
Next Start Date Start Anytime
12 - 33
Total Cost
$6,948 - $19,107
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Goals / Objectives

  • Understand current research, issues, and trends in gifted education.
  • Identify the unique social and emotional needs of the gifted child.
  • Recognize ways to appropriately differentiate curriculum and instruction for high-ability students.
  • Learn to enhance your impact in the classroom with the latest techniques and learning methods.
  • Understand the identification of GT students, program development, and sustainability of school wide and district wide programs serving the needs of gifted children.

Career Outlook

  • Gifted and Talented Teacher
  •  Gifted and Talented Coordinator
  • Gifted and Talented Education Specialist/Consultant
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Leader in Public, Charter, Independent, or International Schools
  • Special Needs Advocate

Traditional Teaching & Learning Courses

18-21 credits in traditional T&L

Human Learning & Motivation (EDG 521/EDG 821) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Human Learning & Motivation examines the nature of contrasting theories of learning . Emphasis will be placed on major contemporary learning theories and their respective approaches to motivation . The primary objective is to provide in-service graduate students, as well as other school personnel, with a comprehensive picture of current major educational learning theories and issues and to develop their implication for the teaching process . This is a required course in the graduate program in Education Administration and Curriculum and Instruction; it has no prerequisites.
Curriculum Leadership (EDG 507/EDG 807) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Curriculum Leadership considers the factors that influence design, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on major educational philosophies and their respective approaches to curriculum development.
Instructional Strategies for Effective Teaching (EDG 528/828) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Instructional Strategies for Effective Teaching focuses on expanding one’s personal repertoire of effective instructional strategies utilizing Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983, 1999) as the philosophical foundation. This course will provide for practical application while still requiring a critical analysis of Gardner’s worldview as well as one’s own. The course design is constructivist, and largely grounded in the concept of experiential learning as defined by Johnson and Johnson (1975, 1994).
Assessment for Learning (EDG 699/887) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Educational Research Methods (EFL 515/815) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Educational Research Methods examines the research tools available to design, implement and evaluate the formal study of the educational process in order to conduct research. The course includes the study of descriptive and experimental research methods, basic statistical methods as well as techniques of literature review and report writing, that is, the reporting of research. Students completing this course should have a draft of the first three chapters for either a thesis or graduate seminar project.
Portfolio I (EDG 627/924)

Course Description

Portfolio I is the first step in the required assessment process for the Masters in Education degree. Students complete the initial setup of their portfolio and develop rationales for each standard in their program.
Portfolio II (EDG 628/925)

Course Description

Portfolio II is the second step in the required assessment process for the Masters in Education degree. Students insert one artifact for each standard into their portfolio.
Portfolio III (EDG 629/926)

Course Description

Portfolio III is the third step in the required assessment process for the Masters in Education degree. Students insert at least two and no more than three additional artifacts for each standard into their portfolio.

Gifted and Talented Teacher and Coordinator Licensure courses

12-15 courses in GTC: Gifted and Talented Teacher and Coordinator Licensure

Issues and trends in Gifted Education (EDC 620/820 ) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course examines the history of gifted education including major theorists in gifted education and models of educating children with gifts and talents.  Current trends in gifted education including issues and situations in the current Wisconsin landscape will be examined. Implications of gifted education in inclusive classrooms will also be explored.
Unique needs of the Gifted Child (EDC 621/821 ) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course further examines models and theorists in gifted education focusing on the psychology of gifted children. This course also addresses the unique social and emotional needs of gifted students in the regular classroom and how to support students who are struggling to fit in. Creativity and special gifted populations will also be explored in addition to social and emotional programs for families and children.
Instruction of Students with Gifts and Talents (EDC 622/822 ) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Practices for working with gifted students in small group settings and pull-out programs will be addressed including differentiation practices for working with high-achieving and precocious children in an inclusive classroom.  Grouping strategies acceleration practices will be explored. Development of adapted and differentiated curricular materials will occur throughout the course.
Practicum in Teaching Gifted and Talented Students (EDC 623/823 ) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This capstone course provides students with observation and analysis skills to apply to their own gifted and talented teaching for this practicum experience.  Through this experience and reflection on coursework, a portfolio will be developed to represent the student’s knowledge and skills in working with gifted and talented children.  An onsite supervisor as well as a university supervisor will provide feedback and support through the use of weekly reflections and meetings.
Portfolio: Gifted and Talented (EDC 624/824 ) -P/F - Credits: 3

Course Description

Capstone assessment for Gifted and Talented licensure that highlights a student's understanding of the WI teacher standards and The National Gifted Education Standards for Professional Development.

Coordinating gifted and talented programs (EDC 625/825) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course focuses on identification of Gifted and Talented students, program development and sustainability of school wide and district wide programs serving the needs of gifted children.   State policy and law, advocacy and parent/community outreach will be examined. Internship hours are required.

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