Gifted Education Add-On

The chart below identifies requirements to be completed in order to add-on a certification level and/or a certification area within levels to an existing valid teaching certificate. 


Academically Gifted
Add-On (Endorsement)



  • For Individual holding a valid Early Childhood certificate (e.g.,PK-K,PK-3)

  • Elementary certificate (e.g., 1-4, 1- 5, 1-6, 1-8),

  • Upper Elementary or Middle Schoolcertificate (e.g., 4-8, 5-8, 6-8),

  • Secondary school certificate (e.g., 6-12, 7-12, 8-12),

  • all-level K-12 certificate, or special education certificate


  1. Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education

  2. Fifteen (15) graduate hours of prescribed coursework from the following list either within a Master's degree program or as an add-on to an existing Master's:

    • Characteristics/Study of Gifted Individuals (EDUC 648)
    • Methods of Teaching the Gifted (EDUC 649)
    • Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted (EDUC 618)
    • Creative Thinking and Problem Solving (EDUC 647) OR Curriculum Development for the Gifted (EDUC 605)
    • Educational Technology (EDUC 670)

  3. Three (3) hours in practicum for academically gifted (EDUC 646)


    an internship for college credit in academically gifted or three (3) years of successful teaching in academically gifted

NOTE: Academically gifted certification will be valid only in the teaching area(s) in which one is certified.

The secondary teacher of academically gifted students who is to award Carnegie Units in the secondary subject area(s) must be certified in the subject area(s) in which Carnegie Units are awarded.

Elementary and secondary teachers who are also certified in academically gifted may offer approved special education elective (enrichment) courses at either the elementary or secondary level.