Gifted and Talented Education Add-On Certification

UW-Stevens Point offers an online add-on certification in Gifted and Talented Education. This nine-credit program is intended for currently licensed teachers seeking expertise and specialization in Gifted and Talented Education. 

Tentitive Program Start Date*

September, 2022
Applications must be completed and submitted one month prior to program start.

*Note: Program will be canceled if target cohort enrollment of 15 students is not met.

Applying to the Program

  1. Apply to the School of Education Master’s and Add-on program, submitting a letter of intent, copy of your current teaching license, copy of all post-secondary transcripts, and completion of the Department of Justice Background check.
  2. Once you receive notification of acceptance to the School of Education add-on program, complete the UW System Application. As a non-degree seeking student, there is no application fee or deposit required.

Required Application Materials

  1. Letter of Intent (1-2 pages) explaining why you are interested in teaching gifted children and pursuing this license (include the following information).
    Note: Please address your letter of intent to Uzeyir Ogurlu, Gifted and Talented Education coordinator.
    1. Your background qualifications (A brief introduction of who you are, Are you currently teaching? If so, where and in what capacity?)
    2. Your educational and career goals.
    3. Your interest in gifted and talented education.
    4. Your previous experiences in gifted and talented education if any.
    5. How this program fits into your future professional plans.
  2. Copies of ALL Post-secondary Transcripts
  3. Copy of current Teaching License
  4. Criminal Background Check: A criminal background check is required to apply to any licensing program in Wisconsin, per DPI code PI34.18(2)
    1. Request, print and upload a Wisconsin Department of Justice (Wisconsin DOJ) background check when you apply to a program. We will accept a previous check that is no older than 6 months from the date you turn in your application. There is a small fee associated with this. It may take a few days to get this. The online option is the quickest option. Download directions

Application Review

Applications to the Gifted and Talented Certification program will be reviewed within two weeks after completed. Applicants will be notified by email of their admissions status.

Required Courses  - 9 Credits

EDUC 791 - Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education (3 credits)
This course includes development, characteristics, and individual learning differences of students with gifts and talents. Overview of history and definitions Identification strategies and program options in the field of gifted/talented education. Introduction to current literature as well as exploration of relevant issues and trends. Students can take the Foundations course without being admitted to the program.

EDUC 794 - Psychological Issues in Gifted Education (3 credits)
This course addresses areas related to psychology and giftedness: social-emotional issues of gifted students and counseling research; and identification, assessment, and evaluation related to gifted students and gifted programs.
EDUC 792 - Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Students with Gifts and Talents (3 credits)
This course focuses on curriculum methods designed specifically for identified students with gifts and talents in specialized programs. Curriculum differentiation and instructional strategies/techniques for students with gifts/talents in the general education classroom. Integration of cognitive/affective domains as well as creative and critical thinking skills. Prereq: 791 or cons instr. 

Applying for your Add-On License  

Apply for your add-on license through the UW-Stevens Point School of Education. Please note, this is not a master's degree program; however, you may wish to pursue a master's degree and incorporate coursework from your add-on certification requirements.  

Professional Certification/Licensure Disclosure (NC-SARA)

The United States Department of Education requires institutions that provide distance education to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Following is this disclosure information for this program:
  • The requirements of this program meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Wisconsin
  • The requirements of this program do not meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Not applicable
  • The requirements of this program have not been determined if they meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming; District of Columbia; American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

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