Gifted and Talented Endorsement

Gifted & Talented Graduate Certificate - Online
The University of Central Arkansas

Gifted and Talented Program Printable Flyer

Note: Program will be transitioning to the Department of Teaching and Learning in Fall 2014.

Department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education


Mashburn Hall, Suite 150

201 Donaghey Ave.

Conway, AR 72035


Department Chair:

Dr. Kathleen Atkins
(501) 450-5441

Program Summary

The Gifted and Talented Graduate Certificate program, approved by the Arkansas Department of Education, is a fifteen graduate hour program designed to be completed within one calendar year including a summer, spring, and fall semester.
Upon successful completion of the program and the Praxis II, candidates will be recommended for Arkansas Gifted and Talented Licensure Endorsement. Teachers participating in this certification program will become more proficient in the teaching of higher order thinking skills to P-12 students. Additionally, the program focuses on the preparation of teachers to integrate Common Core State Standards into their classroom curriculum.
As partners with ArkansasIDEAS, you will earn ADE-approved professional development credit while completing course requirements for the UCA Gifted & Talented Graduate Certificate program. Topics covered include technology, parental involvement, Common Core State Standards, and gifted education. (Professional development credit is awarded solely at the discretion of the local school district.)

Masters Degree

Students interested in pursuing a Masters in Special Education or a Masters of Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership with the Gifted and Talented Licensure will complete the following coursework in addition to the GT track listed above.



Our faculty and staff strive to prepare each professional to become visionary leaders in the field of education. To meet mission goals, we will prepare candidates with the necessary skills to face challenges of today’s classrooms and become reflective decision-makers with positive dispositions who under-stand the role of assessment, instructional planning, and how to facilitate social, emo-tional, behavioral, and academic achieve-ment for all students.
The ECSE Department strongly supports candidates toward reaching professional goals and earning a graduate degree or add-ing a licensure area through the graduate certificate program.



ECSE 6353 Introduction to Gifted & Talented—
Summer II

ECSE 6355 Curriculum for Gifted Programs—Fall
ECSE 6357 Creativity for the Gifted & Talented—
Summer II
ECSE 6358 Strategies for the Gifted & Talented—Spring
ECSE 6391 Advanced Practicum in Gifted Education—Spring

Questions & Answers

What are the Gifted & Talented program admission requirements?
Meet UCA graduate school admission requirements and hold a valid Arkansas Teacher’s License.
What is my first step?
Apply to graduate school at
Are all classes offered online?
All courses in Gifted & Talented, with the exception of practicum ECSE 6391, are offered asynchronously (anytime access). Classes use a variety of online programs such as Blackboard and Collaborate. Occasionally a course may require a face-to-face meeting.

More Information about Online Programs


ECSE 6300 Philosophical, Historical & Legal Aspects of Special Education
ECSE 6306 Family, School & Community Partners
ECSE 6308 Educational Assessment in Special Education
ECSE 6350 Collaborative Programming and Inclusive Practices
ASTL 6380 Research Methods
ASTL 6302 Models of Teaching
ASTL 6303 Teacher Leadership
ASTL 6305 Classroom Assessment
ASTL 6315 Investigation of Learning & Development
ASTL 6380 Research Methods