Gifted Endorsement

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Program Description

Offered through the Bagwell College of Education, Kennesaw State University’s online Gifted In-Field Endorsement is based on the philosophy that gifted children and youth exist within all ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic groups and are individually unique with differing abilities; that creativity is a universal potential to be nurtured and enhanced; and that children should be provided a variety of educational opportunities designed to foster maximum development personal actualization.

KSU’S online Gifted Endorsement is a State Board of Education (SBOE) approved program. Students in this fully online graduate certification program will take 12 credit hours. Courses are offered on a rotating basis. Students may begin the sequence in either Summer or Fall semester.

The State Board of Education grants in-field endorsement. To add Gifted In-Field, an applicant should possess a professional certificate at the bachelor’s or higher certification level in any teaching field. Students may either be pursuing a graduate degree in another KSU program or department or may apply to the graduate school for non-degree status.

You must have a valid teaching certificate in order to be eligible for this endorsement in Georgia. A teaching certificate is valid only in the state for which it is issued.

NOTE: Please be aware that the last course in this sequence is an out-of-pocket expense since it cannot qualify as an elective.

Program of Study

INED 7765 - Characteristics of Gifted Children - Summer/Fall
During this introductory course, candidates explore the foundations and history of gifted education, including gifted children’s learning and psychosocial needs, and the social, cultural, and economic factors influencing identification and access to appropriate educational experiences.

INED 7766 - Methods and Materials for Teaching Gifted Children  - Fall
During this course, candidates master the necessary skills and knowledge to provide appropriate curriculum and instruction to students identified as eligible for gifted services. 

INED 7767- Assessment of Gifted Children and Youth - Spring
During this course, candidates master the necessary skills and knowledge to identify and assess students for gifted services in the K-12 setting. 

INED 7768 - Curriculum Development and Program Design in Gifted Education - Summer
During this course, candidates investigate, describe, and conduct a needs assessment in their current school and district context, then create a program for effectively serving identified gifted students based on varying delivery and curriculum models. 

TOTAL CREDITS – 12 hours 
 4 courses - 4 semesters - Summer/Fall/Spring/Summer or Fall/Spring/Summer/Fall 

Admission Requirements and Deadlines 

  1. Completed online Graduate Application
  2. $60 non-refundable application processing fee*
  3. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. If the institution is outside the U.S., an international credential evaluation will be required.
  4. Bachelor's degree from a Regionally Accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75
  5. Additional requirements by program

*Application fee may vary by program
**For doctoral programs, please complete a new application


May 1 for Summer and July 1 for Fall

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