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Are you ready to move ahead in your career and receive a salary boost while helping students with special gifts? Our Gifted and Talented license gives teachers the specialized credential they need to address the unique needs and abilities of this student population.

License Requirements – 12 Credit Hours

The Gifted and Talented Education license at IU Southeast offers interested candidates a program of coursework toward an Indiana K-12 High Ability/Gifted and Talented certification. The program requires 12 credit hours of coursework.

Required Courses
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
EDUC-W 551 Education and Psychology of the Gifted and Talented (online) 3
EDUC-W 552 Curriculum for the Gifted and Talented (online) 3
EDUC-W 553 Methods and Materials for the Gifted and Talented
or
other approved Gifted and Talented Course
3
EDUC-W 595 Practicum in Gifted and Talented 3

RANK 1 REQUIREMENTS FOR KENTUCKY – 24 CREDIT HOURS

In addition to the required courses for Indiana teaching licensure, those seeking Rank 1 in Kentucky must take 4 additional courses from the following options (12 credit hours, for a total of 24 credit hours pertinent to Gifted and Talented education). Teachers must be licensed in Indiana before adding an endorsement to Kentucky license.

Required Courses
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
EDUC-W 551 Education and Psychology of the Gifted and Talented (online) 3
EDUC-W 552 Curriculum for the Gifted and Talented (online) 3
EDUC-W 553 Methods and Materials for the Gifted and Talented 3
EDUC-W 560 Topical Seminar in Gifted Education 3
EDUC-W 595 Practicum in Gifted and Talented 3
Choose any 3 of the following courses:
EDUC-K 500 Topical Seminary in Special Education: Autism Spectrum 2
EDUC-K 563 Learning Disabilities I 3
EDUC-L 524 Language Education Issues in Bilingual And Multicultural Education 3
EDUC-L 530 National Writing Project
EDUC-W 505 Workshop: Teaching Coding in the Classroom or Using Technology with Problem-Based Learning
Other technology courses, high ability courses, pedagogy courses, or graduate courses outside of the School of Education with permission of program advisor

Upgrade to a master's degree

You can choose to add your gifted and talented license to your M.S.Ed. degree, and/or you can add/take those courses while you are pursuing your M.S.Ed. degree.

Admission Process

  • All standards must be met at the proficiency level to be recommended for the license.
  • Additional testing is required for Kentucky licensing and may soon be a requirement in Indiana.

The Gifted and Talented Education License Program features a rolling application process.

  1. Attend a program advising session held each semester.
  2. Complete the online application. A $40 application fee is assessed when applying to program. If a previous application fee was paid the fee should be waived. To determine if fee is to be waived, please contact our Records Specialist at (812) 941-2388.
  3. Two letters of recommendation are required from educators who know your capacity to engage in graduate coursework and to work with high ability learners. Use the Recommendation Tab on the online application to request electronically. If desired, letters may be mailed directly to Records Specialist.
  4. On the Uploads Tab, upload a personal statement that identifies your academic goals, career objectives and why you are applying to this program. Use the prompts 1 and 2 to guide you in writing your personal statement/admission essay (approximately 500 words). This should be uploaded as attached document when you submit your application online.
    • Prompt #1. Review the School of Education (SOE) teaching disposition(s) below. In your essay, identify and discuss
      1. 2 teaching dispositions you practice best, and
      2. 2 teaching dispositions you want to improve as you pursue your graduate study.

      Include specific examples based upon your professional experiences.

      School of Education (SOE) Teaching Dispositions

      Teachers will:

      1. Respect the accepted legal and ethical norms and values of education.
      2. Effectively interact and collaborate with others and foster similar behaviors among students.
      3. Commit to diversity through equitable treatment and respect for all individuals.
      4. Exhibit personal management behaviors valued by the professional education community.
      5. Exhibit enthusiasm and respect for education as a practice and a profession.
      6. Commit to continuous self-evaluation and personal improvement.
      7. Are committed to the belief that all children can learn.
    • Prompt #2. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  5. Also on the Uploads Tab, upload a copy of current teaching license or statement of eligibility. (Emergency license not acceptable.)
  6. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed at institutions other than an IU school. A required overall 3.0 GPA must be reflected on all transcripts for undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  7. Submit a personal statement addressing the SOE dispositions.

Please send all completed materials to:

IU Southeast School of Education
Hillside Hall 108A
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

  • Summer Session 1: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.
  • Summer Session 2: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.
  • Fall: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.
  • Spring: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.

Advising

For individual advising for the Gifted and Talented license, please contact Dr. Lisa Hoffman or Jane Riehl.

Photo of Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor

Hillside Hall 20B
Phone: (812) 941-2137
lhh@ius.edu

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