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Gifted and Talented Education Program

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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.

While we welcome any out of state candidates, completion of any program, other than an initial licensure program, may not lead to licensure or endorsement in Arkansas or in the state in which you reside. It is your responsibility to check with your state’s department of education to determine if the license or endorsement requirements are met through the program of study. If you are a potential out of state candidate, please contact the program coordinator directly.

State Department of Education Contacts

The site below provides the contact information for the Departments of Education in each U.S. state and territory.  Contact your state’s department of education for specific licensing requirements for your state.

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
  3. Completion of this form by your school administrator

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 — May Intercession 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 — Summer I. 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 — Summer I 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 & Talented — Summer II 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 II Candidates will participate in learning experiences that incorporate skills in classroom organization, management, planning, and teaching in a field setting. Prerequisites must be completed BEFORE (not simultaneously with) the practicum course. Prerequisites: GATE 6357, 6353, 6355, and 6358.


GT Program Options

Master’s Degree – ASTL


Scholarship Opportunity:

Tommie Sue Anthony Scholarship Application


Program Contact:

Dr. Debbie Dailey
Chair, Associate Professor, and Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator
University of Central Arkansas
Department of Teaching and Learning
Mashburn 105
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035
Office: (501) 852-2965

International Students:

Ellen M. Lewis
International Admissions Counselor (A-K)
Suite 109 McCastlain Hall
(501) 852-0927