Gifted and Talented Education Graduate Certificate/Licensure Program

The 15-hour Graduate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education prepares candidates to teach students with gifts and talents and to complete their licensure in Gifted and Talented education. The program was developed to meet performance standards of Arkansas Teaching Standards (InTASC) and National Association for Gifted Children-Council for Exceptional Children (NAGC-CEC) Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted Education.

Prospective students can apply to the GATE program at any time during the year. As an applicant for admission, students must present evidence of their ability to participate successfully in a graduate-level academic endeavor. To be considered, applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School and complete all necessary files. Admission to the Graduate School is based upon the following requirements:

  1. Online application
  2. Graduate School application fee
  3. Transcripts from all institutions attended
  4. Health Records

For more information, please visit the Graduate School website.

Admission to the GATE program is based upon the following requirements:

  1. Current and Valid Teaching License
  2. Two letters of recommendation from professional supervisors

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 of Study/ Required Courses

GATE 6353 Introduction to Gifted & Talented—Fall (1st 8 weeks) 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 6357 Creativity, Innovation, and Trends in Gifted Education – Fall (2nd 8 weeks)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 6355 Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted Learners—Spring (1st 8 weeks)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 6358 Affective Strategies for the Gifted & TalentedSpring (2nd 8 weeks) 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: EDUCATIONAL PRACTICE IN GIFTED EDUCATION– Summer or Spring (with approval) 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: (1) face-to-face using an instructor-selected differentiated curriculum to be implemented in an intensive summer field-based experience which requires teaching at the university’s community-based engineering-focused kids camp, or (2) virtually over the course of a semester using differentiated curriculum and instructional strategies developed in the Curriculum and Instruction course. Teachers must have access to identified gifted and talented students in order to select this option (Note: the virtual option by program coordinator approval only). Enrollment restricted to GT teacher candidates. Prerequisites must be completed BEFORE (not simultaneously with) the practicum course. Prerequisites: GATE 6357, 6353, 6355, and 6358 (Summer, Spring).


SPECIAL TOPICS. This course will focus on gifted education in varying areas of interests and needs including underrepresented learners, discipline specific talent development, program development, and current research practices. This course is primarily for students enrolled in an EDS or PHD program with a cognate in gifted education (offered as needed).

Program Contact:

Dr. Debbie Dailey