Gifted Education Add-On

Post Baccalaureate Certificate Eligible

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. This certification leads to a Post Baccalaureate 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.

Successful completion of all 15 semester hours listed above and completion of the requirements for the practicum in gifted, and wish to receive the Post Baccalaureate Certificate plus add-on certification, please contact the Assistant Dean of the College of Education and Human Development who must fill out the proper form and submit it to the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Board of Regents. You may contact the Assistant Dean's Office at 985-549-2311 for additional information.