Gifted Studies Homepage

History of the Center for Gifted Studies

In 2011, the Department of Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy at Valdosta State University introduced the Center for Gifted Studies. Our mission is to:  

  • Develop talent, creativity, and critical thinking in individuals with gifts and talents.
  • Support cognitive, social, emotional, and wisdom development in individuals with gifts and talents.
  • Study the nature, identification, assessment, and evaluation of individuals with gifts and talents.
  • Create curriculum, methods, and materials appropriate for individuals with gifts and talents.

Gifted In-Field Endorsement

Want to help us further our mission? Graduate students taking the Gifted In-Field Endorsement courses benefit from the activities provided by the Center for Gifted Studies like the Gifted Summit, attending Conferences, and gaining access to national and international professional organizations.

To learn more about our exceptional faculty, please visit Our Team webpage and take a look at our recent publications and presentations. Additionally, we have compiled a plethora of resources from Blogs, Podcasts, Articles, Ted Talks, and other informative Resources for Teachers, Parents and Gifted Learners for your reading, viewing and listening pleasure. 

For more information about giftedness, please explore our website or call the Center for Gifted Studies, 229-245-3869

The Need for the Gifted Endorsement 

Only 3% of colleges and universities across the country offer courses in gifted education (VanTassel-Baska & Stambaugh, 2006). According to the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), gifted and talented students spend over 80% of their time in regular classrooms.

According to the report National Excellence: A Case for Developing America's Talent (October, 1993), “teachers must receive better training in how to teach high-level curricula. They need support for providing instruction that challenges all students sufficiently. This will benefit not only students with outstanding talent but children at every academic level.” An educational program designed for the gifted must provide opportunities for learners to grow in all aspects of intelligence and provide experiences to develop socially and emotionally as well as cognitively.

The Gifted Bill of Rights

We believe that as gifted individuals you have a right:

...to know about your giftedness.
...to learn something new every day.
...to be passionate about your talent area without apologies.
...to have an identity beyond your talent area.
...to feel good about your accomplishments.
...to make mistakes.
...to seek guidance in the development of your talent.
...to have multiple peer groups and a variety of friends.
...to choose which of your talent areas you wish to pursue.
...to not be gifted at everything.

 -Del Siegle (2007-2009 NAGC President) Gifted Children's Bill of Rights

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