Gifted and Talented Education Graduate Certificate/Licensure Program


Gainful Employment Information – Graduate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education

15 Graduate Semester Hours

GATE 6353 Introduction to Gifted & Talented—Summer I, Fall This course will explore the characteristics of the gifted, talented, and creative child in public schools. Emphasis is placed on (a) historical development of the field; (b) characteristics and identification; (c) programming options and models pertaining to the field of gifted education; and (d) educational programs and interventions.

GATE 6355 Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted Learners—Fall This course teaches candidates how to design differentiated curricula and the strategies necessary to effectively provide appropriate experiences, materials, and environments conducive to optimum learning and development of the gifted and talented.

GATE 6357 Creativity, Innovation, and Trends in Gifted Education – Summer II Current trends and issues in gifted education including meeting the needs of creative students, talent development and innovation, and identifying and serving promising underrepresented groups are explored.

GATE 6358 Affective Strategies for the Gifted & TalentedSpring This course examines the strategies necessary to address the psycho-social needs related to personality, maturity, giftedness, and creativity. Concrete strategies for managing students’ emotional needs as well as appropriate experiences, materials, and environments conducive to optimum learning/development of the gifted and talented are provided.

GATE 6391 Advanced Practicum in Gifted EducationVirtual Practicum in Spring (instructor approval required); Face-to-Face Practicum in Summer Learning experiences are provided which incorporate skills in classroom organization, management, planning, and teaching in a field setting. Candidates will complete an advanced practicum experience in one of two ways: virtually over the course of a semester utilizing differentiated curriculum and instructional strategies developed in the Curriculum and Instruction Course (Note: the virtual option is for candidates living more than 60 miles from campus; by program coordinator approval only) or face-to-face utilizing an instructor-selected differentiated curriculum to be implemented in an intensive field-based experience which requires teaching at the university’s community-based kids camp. Enrollment restricted to GT teacher candidates and requires prior approval from the instructor.  Prerequisite: GATE 6357, 6353, 6355,6358.

Important Note: Candidates must pass the state-designated Praxis examination(s) to add the gifted and talented license to existing Arkansas teaching licenses. Out-of-state students should check with their state-issuing teacher licensure agency to determine licensure eligibility and state-specific reciprocity rules and regulations.


Program Contact:
Dr. Debbie Dailey