Georgia Charter Schools Association

Charter Teacher Gifted Endorsement

Offered by the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA)

Register at: to secure placement in the next cohort.

 Prepare, Perform, Progress…Training for current or future charter school educators who serve Gifted populations to add-on the Gifted Endorsement.

Comprehensive, PSC-approved Gifted endorsement program offered through a partnership with GCSA and Metro RESA. This endorsement and the field requirement associated with this program in order to be recommended for endorsement to the PSC program is comprised of four modules (including an Internship), for a total of 200 contact hours.

 *Characteristics of the Gifted Learner (50 contact hours, 5 PLUs)-Blended, July 6-17, 2015, Monday-Friday

*Curriculum and Strategies for the Gifted Learner (50 contact hours, 5 PLUs), Blended, Sept. 10-Nov. 12, 2015, Thursdays

*Identification and Assessment of the Gifted Learner (40 contact hours, 4 PLUs), Blended, Feb. 4-Mar. 31, 2016, Thursdays

*Program Development for the Gifted Learner (40 contact hours, 4 PLUs) AND Gifted Endorsement Internship (20 contact hours, 2 PLUs), Blended, Apr. 14-May 26, 2016, Tuesdays and Thursdays

2015-2016 Cohort begins July 2015 and completes May 2016, with actual start dates available upon request.

To build skills and competencies and strengthen your effectiveness in providing differentiated learning to a diverse population of students to improve student achievement.

COST: $500.00 per course (4 courses equal=$2000). Each candidate will be responsible for paying his/her own tuition in four equal payments of $500.00: 1st payment is due two weeks prior to enrolling in the Characteristics of the Gifted Learner course with the 2nd payment due prior to enrolling in the Identification and Assessment of the Gifted Learner course, 3rd prior to Identification and Assessment of the Gifted Learner, and 4th prior to Program Development for the Gifted Learner.

 Billing information will be ascertained prior to enrollment and valid information will be kept on file for payment 1 prior to program start and through to payment 4. Successful payment is needed for program completion and to be recommended to the PSC for add-on gifted endorsement.

 *Schools registering and paying for 3+ teachers may be eligible for a discounted rate. Please contact Juli Sergi to discuss,

 All tuition payments must be paid no later than 14 days prior to the beginning of either the beginning of the cohort start date (payment in full) or prior to each course unless otherwise agreed upon with GCSA.

 Tuition and fees do not include the cost of the required textbooks.

 **Refund Policy: There will be no refund after course fees have been paid to date.

REGISTRATION is now open for the Summer 2015-2016 cohort and is ongoing until the cohort is filled (25 teachers).  

The course listed below is facilitated by qualified GCSA staff and professional learning facilitators. Course descriptions, training formats, course completion requirements, and training dates can be found on the GCSA website at (TBD for the Gifted Endorsement, Coming Soon).

Professional Learning Units (PLUS) are provided through GCSA if applicable.

Payment for the program is due prior to the start date with full payment upon registration of the course.

For further information contact general help: 

 Gifted Endorsement

GCSA (offered in collaboration with Metro RESA) offers a PSC approved Gifted In-Field Endorsement.  GCSA’s Gifted In-Field Endorsement Program is designed to train local candidates to identify and teach gifted students from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and economic backgrounds. This program ensures that its candidates have in-depth knowledge of teaching the gifted and talented students. The assignments, performance tasks, and assessment for each course will serve as the basis for ensuring that candidates have this knowledge. Program candidates will complete 200 contact hours of coursework and applied field experiences; content knowledge will be integrated across courses to help ensure mastery and coverage.

Candidates applying to enroll in the Gifted In-Field Endorsement Program for Professional Learning Units (PLU) must meet the following qualifications: 

1) Candidates must hold a valid, clear and renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate.
2) Candidates have passed or hold equivalent assessment in their academic content area.
3) Candidates must have a minimum 2.5 GPA from their latest degree program.
4) Candidates must have at least one year of successful teaching experience.
5) Candidates must be recommended for participation in the program by their employing Principal and GCSA.
6) Candidates must possess skill and experience in using technology for instructional and professional work.


The entire Gifted endorsement is designed as a blended model (70% face-to-face, 30% virtual). *Thus, all candidates must have access to reliable technology and high-speed Internet access. In addition, all candidates must also be able to travel to Atlanta for face-to-face instruction during scheduled meeting times.

New cohorts will begin in June of each calendar year and end in May of the following calendar year, with the Internship being combined in a Practicum model.

*Changes to actual course meeting dates and times may be made at the discretion of the instructor.


Characteristics of the Gifted Learner (50 contact hours, 5 PLUs)

Course Topics Include:

  • An Overview of the Gifted Endorsement Program
  • Understanding of the concept of Giftedness
  • Historical perspective of Gifted Education
  • Myths and Realities in Gifted Education
  • Characteristics of Giftedness
  • Gifted and Learning Exceptionalities
  • Diversity in Gifted and Talented Students
  • Creativity and Critical Thinking Skills 

Curriculum and Strategies for the Gifted Learner (50 contact hours, 5 PLUs)

Course Topics Include:  

  • Adapting Content for high ability learners
  • Differentiation of Content, Process, Product, Environment
  • Tiered Activities
  • New American Lecture
  • Windows Notes
  • Task Rotation, Mystery, Creative Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Metaphorical Expression Strategies
  • Lesson Development

Identification and Assessment of the Gifted Learner (40 contact hours, 4 PLUs) 

Course Topics Include:

  • Referral and eligibility process
  • Communicating with parents and others about the process
  • Understanding and interpreting test scores
  • Measuring mental ability achievement, creativity, motivation
  • Identifying Special Populations
  • Classroom assessment procedures including Rubrics

Program Development for the Gifted Learner (40 contact hours, 4 PLUs ) AND Gifted Endorsement Internship (20 contact hours, 2 PLUs)

Course Topics Include:

  • Overview of program development
  • Georgia Delivery Model Options
  • Theoretical Curriculum Models including Parallel Curriculum
  • Program Design
  • Program Advocacy

Gifted Endorsement Internship Course Requirements: Gifted Endorsement Candidates MUST participate in a minimum of two (2) days of Internship Activities Internship Activities may include but is not limited to:

  • Observe Veteran Gifted Endorsed Teacher Instructing Gifted Students
  • Observe Eligibility Team Meeting
  • Observe Testing
  • Assist with Teacher Training on the Characteristics of Gifted Students
  • Attend Informational Meeting for Parents
  • Attend or volunteer at an Enrichment activity or gifted program event
  • Present on a Gifted topic to faculty or parents
  • Teach Original Differentiated Lessons