Gifted in-Field Endorsement

Total Credit Hours: 12          Format: Online
The Gifted In-Field Endorsement enables educators to provide "direct instruction" only in the grade levels and fields of their base certificates. Individuals with this endorsement may serve as a resource teacher for "indirect services" for gifted education in any content area or grade level P-12. Successful completion of the Endorsement for the Talented and Gifted courses leads to the Gifted In-Field Endorsement from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). Working educators choose this program because of its accreditation, quality, and fit with their busy lifestyles.

Advisor: Dr. Ophelie Desmet, email: odesmet@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-245-3869

Department of Human Services Website

Dewar College of Education Gifted In-Field Endorsement page 

Admission Deadlines

  • Summer Semester: April 25
  • Fall Semester: July 25
  • Spring Semester: December 12
For semester deadlines also visit the VSU GOML Calendar.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Educators will be admitted to this program with the same criteria as used for on-campus, non-degree programs. Students already enrolled in a degree program who are eligible and also wish to pursue this endorsement do not need to apply.  Please consult your advisor. Other applicants must meet these requirements. Note: Courses taken as a non-degree student may not qualify for financial aid.

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

Official transcript from your undergraduate degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework.

  • Hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School
  • Submit Georgia ONmyLINE application for graduate admission to the VSU Graduate School for admission as a Gifted Endorsement student. 
  • Possess current clear/renewable teaching certificate.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Two classes are offered each semester, including summer, permitting students to complete the endorsement in two consecutive semesters. Courses are offered on a rotating basis. Students may enter the program during any semester. The program follows a 15-week semester schedule for Spring and Fall Semester and a 7-week schedule for Summer Semester.

Four courses are required for the Gifted In-Field Endorsement (Georgia Professional Standards Commission):

Gifted In-Field Endorsement Courses (12 Hours)

Hrs.
PSYG 5610: Nature and Needs of Children Who Are Talented and Gifted
3
PSYG 6600: Methods & Materials for Children Who Are Talented and Gifted
3
PSYG 6620: Curriculum for Children Who Are Talented and Gifted
3
PSYG 7600: Assessment of Children Who Are Talented and Gifted
3
Total Hours:
12

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PSYG 5610 Nature and Needs of Children Who Are Talented and Gifted
A course designed to give an overview of educational and behavioral characteristics of pupils who are talented and gifted. Includes diagnosis, referral, management, and educational practices.

PSYG 6600 Methods & Materials for Children Who Are Talented and Gifted
A course covering the development of curriculum content and teaching materials for students identified as talented and gifted. Considerable time will be spent on organizing learning experiences and utilizing a variety of teaching methods.

PSYG 6620 Curriculum for Children Who Are Talented and Gifted
This course provides a study of curriculum models, the types of curriculum needed for the Talented and Gifted, guidelines for developing curricular patterns which include subject or skill, core, interest, process, experiential bases of operations, and modular designs of community involvement. The course requirements include the development of curriculum of learning activities which will have greatest applicability and usability within the local school system.

PSYG 7600 Assessment of Children Who Are Talented and Gifted
This course provides an introduction to tests unique to assessing the developmental level and the potential achievement of children with talents and gifts. Emphasis is placed on the use of these tests in planning and selecting curricular programs and activities.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.
  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5
  • Email Us: gradschool@valdosta.edu 
  • Visit Us: Converse Hall (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100
For additional program details conact the Advisor, Dr. Ophelie Desmet, email: odesmet@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-245-3869.

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

RETENTION, DISMISSAL, & READMISSION POLICIES

Total Credit Hours: 12          Format: Online
The Gifted In-Field Endorsement enables educators to provide "direct instruction" only in the grade levels and fields of their base certificates. Individuals with this endorsement may serve as a resource teacher for "indirect services" for gifted education in any content area or grade level P-12. Successful completion of the Endorsement for the Talented and Gifted courses leads to the Gifted In-Field Endorsement from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). Working educators choose this program because of its accreditation, quality, and fit with their busy lifestyles.

Advisor: Dr. Ophelie Desmet, email: odesmet@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-245-3869

Department of Human Services Website

Dewar College of Education Gifted In-Field Endorsement page 

Admission Deadlines

  • Summer Semester: April 25
  • Fall Semester: July 25
  • Spring Semester: December 12
For semester deadlines also visit the VSU GOML Calendar.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Educators will be admitted to this program with the same criteria as used for on-campus, non-degree programs. Students already enrolled in a degree program who are eligible and also wish to pursue this endorsement do not need to apply.  Please consult your advisor. Other applicants must meet these requirements. Note: Courses taken as a non-degree student may not qualify for financial aid.

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

Official transcript from your undergraduate degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework.

  • Hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School
  • Submit Georgia ONmyLINE application for graduate admission to the VSU Graduate School for admission as a Gifted Endorsement student. 
  • Possess current clear/renewable teaching certificate.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Two classes are offered each semester, including summer, permitting students to complete the endorsement in two consecutive semesters. Courses are offered on a rotating basis. Students may enter the program during any semester. The program follows a 15-week semester schedule for Spring and Fall Semester and a 7-week schedule for Summer Semester.

Four courses are required for the Gifted In-Field Endorsement (Georgia Professional Standards Commission):

Gifted In-Field Endorsement Courses (12 Hours)

Hrs.
PSYG 5610: Nature and Needs of Children Who Are Talented and Gifted
3
PSYG 6600: Methods & Materials for Children Who Are Talented and Gifted
3
PSYG 6620: Curriculum for Children Who Are Talented and Gifted
3
PSYG 7600: Assessment of Children Who Are Talented and Gifted
3
Total Hours:
12

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PSYG 5610 Nature and Needs of Children Who Are Talented and Gifted
A course designed to give an overview of educational and behavioral characteristics of pupils who are talented and gifted. Includes diagnosis, referral, management, and educational practices.

PSYG 6600 Methods & Materials for Children Who Are Talented and Gifted
A course covering the development of curriculum content and teaching materials for students identified as talented and gifted. Considerable time will be spent on organizing learning experiences and utilizing a variety of teaching methods.

PSYG 6620 Curriculum for Children Who Are Talented and Gifted
This course provides a study of curriculum models, the types of curriculum needed for the Talented and Gifted, guidelines for developing curricular patterns which include subject or skill, core, interest, process, experiential bases of operations, and modular designs of community involvement. The course requirements include the development of curriculum of learning activities which will have greatest applicability and usability within the local school system.

PSYG 7600 Assessment of Children Who Are Talented and Gifted
This course provides an introduction to tests unique to assessing the developmental level and the potential achievement of children with talents and gifts. Emphasis is placed on the use of these tests in planning and selecting curricular programs and activities.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.
  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5
  • Email Us: gradschool@valdosta.edu 
  • Visit Us: Converse Hall (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100
For additional program details conact the Advisor, Dr. Ophelie Desmet, email: odesmet@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-245-3869.

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

RETENTION, DISMISSAL, & READMISSION POLICIES

The Graduate School
  • Converse Hall
    Suite 3100
    1500 N. Patterson St.
    Valdosta, GA. 31698
  • Mailing Address
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    Valdosta, GA 31698
  • Phone: 229.333.5694
  • Fax: 229.245.3853
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