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

The Gifted and Talented Education license program at IU Southeast offers interested candidates a program of coursework leading to an Indiana K-12 GT certification. The program requires 15 credit hours of coursework on the IU Southeast campus.

Required Courses

For a gifted education license, candidates must complete 15 credit hours of the following course work:

Gifted and Talented Education License Course Requirements
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
EDUC-W 551 Education and Psychology of the Gifted and Talented 3
EDUC-W 552 Curriculum for the Gifted and Talented 3
EDUC-W 553 Methods and Materials for the Gifted and Talented
other approved Gifted and Talented Course
EDUC-W 595 Practicum in Gifted and Talented 3
And one approved 3-hour IU Graduate Content Course outside the School of Education or Advanced Methods course or W505 Virtual Field Trips. (Consult with your 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, Mary Ann Wild at or (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
Mary Ann Wild, Records Specialist
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.


For individual advising for the Gifted and Talented license, please contact Dr. Lisa Hoffman or Nicole Owens Wilson.

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Lisa Hoffman Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor

Hillside Hall 20B
Phone: (812) 941-2137

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Nicole Owens Wilson

Undergraduate and Graduate Licensing Advisor
School Placement Advisor

Hillside Hall 108D
Phone: (812) 941-2593