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This 26 credit hour endorsement prepares teachers at all levels to enhance their teaching methodologies in Gifted & Talented education. The Endorsement will require 3 credit hours of practicum work.  All courses are offered in a convenient online format and will transfer into the Online Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. (32 credits)

Required Coursework to Complete GT Endorsement (3 credit courses)

Course/Credits/TitleSemester Offered
CURR 5201-3 Foundations of Gifted Education* Spring, Summer, Fall
CURR 5206-3 Creativity in Gifted Education Spring
CURR 5211-3 Curriculum Models and Aligned Programming for Gifted Students Fall
CURR 5214-3 Differentiated Instruction and Research-based Strategies for Teaching the Gifted Fall
CURR 5215-3 Gifted Program Leadership** Spring
CURR 5230-3 Practicum*** Summer

*CURR 5201 Foundations of Gifted Education is a required first course

**CURR 5215 Leadership can only be taken after prerequesite courses (CURR 5201, CURR 5202, CURR 5211)

***CURR 5230 Practicum may onloy be taken after all coursework is completed. Practicum is summer only and there is a $200.00 practicum fee

4 credit hr Courses

Course/Credits/TitleSemester Offered
CURR 5202-4 The Assessment & Identification of Gifted & Talented Students Fall
CURR 5203-4 The Psychology of the Gifted: Social & Emotional Needs & Special Populations Spring

The final course is a 6-week, 40-hour practicum totaling 3 two-week modules. The first 2-week module of the cours will include group discussions of the readings and the development and review of your mini-course. The last 2-week module of this course includes a supervised teaching experience with gifted and talented students at a base site or an alternative approved by the instructor.

Open Enrollment Courses Available for Recertification *not part of the endorsement program

Course/Credit/TitleSemester Offered
CURR 5204-2 Underidentified and Under-served: Giftedness in Poverty and Culturally Diverse Backgrounds Fall
CURR 5205-1 Early Childhood Gifted Education Spring
CURR 5207-2 Under-identified and Under-served: Gifted Girls Summer

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GT Endorsement/MA Admissions Checklist

Complete the electronic online application for the Graduate School:

Obtain three letters of reference

Submit one transcript from all institutions of higher education previously attended

Prepare a career goal statement (see department specific requirements)

Current résumé

Complete a background check or provide an unofficial copy of teaching licensure

Interview with department faculty member

Once application materials are in, you will need to interview with a faculty advisor for the program.

**If you have questions about the program before or during the Admissions process, or would like more programmatic information, call the Student Resource Office 719-255-4996 or

*Additional items of note for International applicants:

      • All transcripts must be evaluated and translated into English through an authorized Credential Service (for example: World Education Services, Wes)
      • English Proficiency must demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, a TOEFL score of 550‐(paper‐based) or 80‐(internet‐based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 270 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). Please contact the UCCS Office of International Affairs at: or call: 1‐719-255‐7218 to make arrangements to take the ACT/COMPASS® at UCCS.

General Background Check for Admission

All College of Education applicants must complete a general background check as part of the admissions requirements:

1) Go to website:

2) Click on “Individuals”

3) Pay $6.85

4) Print a copy of the background check and return it to the College of Education Student Resource Office as part of admissions materials (current CO School or agency employees who have already completed a background check for employment may provide a copy of their CO license or background check results).