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The Gifted In-Field Endorsement is an add on credential that allows certified teachers in Georgia the ability to provide direct instruction to students in their areas of initial certification. Teachers with gifted endorsement can also serve as a resource teacher for indirect services for gifted education in any content area or grade level P-12.

The Gifted In-Field Endorsement program is open to UGA graduate students in the College of Education. If students are enrolled in a masters, specialist or doctoral program in gifted and creative education, these courses are embedded within the MED and EDS programs. Non-degree seeking students may complete the program by applying to UGA's Graduate School as a non-degree seeking student.

The courses in the gifted endorsement series emphasize scholarly work and best practices for understanding giftedness, conducting assessment of students, creating methods and materials, as well as, designing programs and services for high ability students. Our courses are aligned with the National Association for Gifted Children's (NAGC) Teacher Preparation Standards. This program is also accredited through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Highlights

  1. Approved by the state Board of Education
  2. Can be completed on campus or online
  3. Requires 12 credit hours (four courses)

Curriculum

Courses that are needed for Gifted In-Field Endorsement:

  • EPSY 7110 Characteristics of Gifted Children and Youth
  • EPSY 7060 Assessment of the Gifted
  • EPSY 7230 Methods and Materials for the Gifted
  • EPSY 7250 Programming and Curriculum for the Gifted

Gifted In-Field Endorsement courses are offered throughout the academic year both on campus and online. The schedule for those courses includes:

  • Summer semester: EPSY 7110E, EPSY 7060E, EPSY 7230E, and EPSY 7250E
  • Fall semester: EPSY 7110, EPSY 7060, EPSY 7230E, and EPSY 7250E
  • Spring semester: EPSY 7110E, EPSY 7060E, EPSY 7230, and EPSY 7250

Courses listed in bold are reserved for Gifted and Creative Education (GCE) majors, so a POD is required. There are additional spots in these courses, but there is typically a waiting list. All other courses (not in bold) are open and do not require a POD. There are both on campus and online options available. If you would like to be added to the waiting lists for the courses in bold, please email the department at epsy@uga.edu.

Adding Gifted In-Field Endorsement to Your Georgia Teaching Certificate

In order to add Gifted In-Field Endorsement to your teaching certificate, you must be recommended as a program completer of GCE's endorsement program. This includes action items outside of coursework that you will need to complete.

All information about the process of Gifted Endorsement is highlighted in the video above, but key points of information include the following:

  • During the first course in the endorsement series, students will be contacted by Shayla Lee in the Office of Academic Programs to indicate their intent to seek gifted endorsement. By indicating intent, students will be set up with access to the Xitracs Gifted In-Field Endorsement non-Athena eLC course. This is the place where students will archive all materials for their Gifted Endorsement review.
  • By indicating intent, you are not "admitted" to a program, but rather are indicating to seek gifted endorsement.
  • During each of the four courses, students will need to submit the required key assessments into their Xitracs Gifted In-Field Endorsement folder. The rubric for evaluation AND the key assessment will need to be submitted.
  • Please keep each of your key assessments and evaluation information from your course instructor to submit in the Xitracs Gifted In-Field Endorsement eLC site. Once your course ends, you will not have access to that information when the course closes. It is suggested that you submit those as you complete them within each course.
  • In addition to the key assessments and rubrics, students will complete a grade form that asks them to submit the numerical grade for the key assessments, as well as the final grade for the course. These are also pieces of information that need to be saved or entered while you have access to your eLC courses.

When are portfolios reviewed?

The Office of Academic Programs sets a date each term where all portfolios have to be submitted and so the GCE faculty reviews portfolios about a week ahead of that due date. If you have all of your key assessments, rubrics/evaluation information and grade forms in the Xitracs Gifted In-Field Endorsement site by Reading Day, your portfolio will be reviewed in the 2-3 weeks following the term. If you have not submitted your portfolio by the end of the term, it will be reviewed during the next cycle (at the end of the next term).

If you have any questions regarding Gifted In-Field Endorsement, please contact the Gifted Endorsement Program Coordinator, Tarek Grantham.

How to Apply

All applicants must complete the College's internal endorsement application form in addition to any other applications required by the endorsement program or UGA Graduate School.

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Admissions

  • Applications for the online endorsement program are accepted for summer semester matriculation only. All materials should be received by March 1.
  • Applications for the on-campus endorsement program are accepted for fall semester matriculation only. All materials should be received by June 1.

Deadline to Apply

  • June 1 (on-campus, fall only)
  • March 1 (online, summer only)

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