Georgia Charter Schools Association





CharterTeacher Endorsements/AP/IB 

-Providing Gifted and ESOL Add-On Endorsement and AP/IB Training

offered by the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA)

-Providing Gifted Add-On Endorsement and Educating Able Learners Course for {Honors, AP/IB} in Middle and Secondary

-offered by the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA)

Gifted Endorsement

GCSA (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 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 and end in May of the following calendar year, with Modules 4 and Module 5 (Internship) being combined in a Practicum model.

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


$1,500.00* ($750.00 + $750.00)

Each candidate will be responsible for paying his/her own tuition in two equal payments of $750.00: 1st payment is due 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.

*Schools registering and paying for 5+ teachers will be eligible for a discounted rate of $1,200 per person. The total fees for each enrolling teacher must still be paid in two equal payments of $600.00: 1st payment is due 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.

All tuition payments must be paid no later than seven (7) days prior to the beginning of either the beginning of the cohort start date (payment in full) or Characteristics of the Gifted Learner course and the Identification and Assessment of the Gifted Learner course (two equal payments).

Tuition and fees include the cost of two required textbooks and a one-year professional membership with The Georgia Association for Gifted Children.


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 of Certification Programs,

Register at: Coming Soon…


Educating Able Learners in Middle and Secondary (Gifted, Honors, AP/IB Teacher Training)

This course if for educators who have not completed prior Gifted Endorsement Training.

A 10-clock-hour (1 PLU) Professional Learning Course Required by SBOE Rule 160-4-2-.38 to Count Service to Students in Honors and AP/IB Courses

GCSA offers a 10-clock-hour professional development course on the nature and needs of gifted learners at the middle and secondary level for Honors, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate teachers. This one month, blended model course meets Georgia’s requirements for a 10-clock-hour professional learning course. In addition to the two-week interactive course, teachers will have an additional two weeks to complete their final assignment. GCSA will provide 1 PLU to all teachers successfully completely this course.

Course Schedule: 1 month total

Session 1 (3 hours) Face-to-face

Sessions 2 and 3 (6 hours) Online w/2 weeks to complete

Final Assessment (1 hour) Online w/2 weeks to complete

Through GCSA courses, educators are exposed to the latest research regarding content knowledge and instructional strategies. The convenience of an online course means that time spent commuting to class and money spent on gas is reduced. Participants collaborate with peers and receive instructor feedback from the comfort of their home. With the exception of the three hours of face-to-face time requirement for Session 1, all materials and assignments are accessed and completed online.

The course includes a focus on the following aspects of educating able learners:

  • Intro to Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Understanding and Designing Content Mastery Measures for Continuous Progress Instruction Models
  • Classroom Management in the Able Learning Environment
  • Promoting Critical Thinking and Designing an Academically Challenging Learning Environment
  • Technology Integration in the Able Learning Environment
  • Test Taking Strategies for Credit By Examination AP/IB

Frequently, gifted and able students are served by placement in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. While these courses provide an accelerated or enriched curriculum, they are not specifically designed to meet the socio-emotional and intellectual needs of gifted students. This course fulfills the 10- hour professional development requirement for Georgia AP/IB teachers (please refer to SBOB Rule 160-4-2-.38, p. 4) and provides AP and IB teachers with background information on gifted students and special populations of gifted students. This online, case-based course presents practical, research- based strategies for differentiating the AP and IB curriculum to help teachers better serve these students.

Course Costs: The cost for this one-month, blended course is as follows: $100 for 1 PLU.

For further information contact:

Juli Sergi, Director of Certification Programs,

Register at: Coming Soon….