Georgia Charter Schools Association



CharterTeacher Endorsements

Providing gifted add-on endorsements for certified educators.

Offered by the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA)

GCSAs 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 knowledge to teach gifted populations. 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 must have a minimum 2.5 GPA from their latest degree program.
3) Candidates must have at least one year of successful teaching experience.
4) Candidates must be recommended for participation in the program by their employing principal and another appropriate school leadership.
5) 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. Changes to actual course meeting dates and times may be made at the discretion of the instructor

The cost of the endorsement training is $1,500.00. Schools registering and paying for 5+ teachers will be eligible for a discounted rate of $1,200 per person. Tuition and fees include the cost of two required textbooks.


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


The following texts are included in the cost of tuition:

Davis, Rimm, & Siegle (2011).  Education of the gifted and talented. (Sixth edition). Boston: Pearson.

Silver, H. F., Strong, R.W.  & Perini, M.J. (2007). The strategic teacher:  Selecting the right research-based strategy for every lesson. Alexandria, VA:  ASCD.

For further information contact:

Juli Sergi, Director, Teacher Quality and Development at:

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