Attention Teachers!

Are you interested in adding the Gifted Endorsement to your current Georgia teaching certificate? Explore the admission requirements below, read about our online courses, and contact us with any questions.

  • Admission Requirements

    Teachers 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 must complete and submit to the Graduate School this Letter of Intent Form. Other applicants must meet these requirements:

    • Submit Georgia ONmyLINE application for graduate admission to the VSU Graduate School for admission as a Gifted Endorsement student. 
    • Submit a $50 application fee.  This fee is non-refundable and must be paid online using a credit or a debit card.
    • Hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Possess current clear/renewable teaching certificate.

    For additional admission information, please contact the VSU Graduate School at (229) 333-5694 or by email All required documents must be submitted prior to close of business on the application deadline.  For semester deadlines visit the VSU GOML Calendar.

    Submit all documentation to: 
    Graduate School
    Valdosta State University
    1500 N. Patterson Street
    Valdosta, GA 31698-0005
    Fax: 229 -245 -3853

    Apply Now for the Gifted In-Field Endorsement!

  • Endorsement Specifics

    • Special Requirements: This program is for licensed teachers who work in a classroom setting with students a minimum of 20 hours per week per semester, excluding summers. This requirement can be fulfilled by being a classroom teacher or classroom volunteer in a consistent setting. Students will need a criminal background check (through the employing school district or your local police department). Students will need professional liability insurance, through the school system or membership of professional agency.
    • Delivery: Courses are offered on a continuous basis, allowing for part-time enrollment. No campus visits are required to complete the program. Students conduct all work in online courses, including team functions, exams, discussion posts, and case studies. Students also have access to academic resources, such as an online library. Courses are asynchronous, but students may participate in videoconferencing for field experience supervision or feedback. Students benefit from a highly interactive program setting that promotes leadership, collegiality, and communication skills.
    • Technology: Students must have regular access to a computer with a current operating system (Windows or Mac) and high speed internet access. Additional peripherals such as headphones and printer may be required. Students must have access to Webcam software and hardware to enable remote classroom observation and conferencing. Students are required to purchase LiveText portfolio assessment software. Additional course specific software may be required.
    • Portfolio: Preparation and presentation of a final electronic portfolio is a program exit requirement.
    • Transfer credit: No credits can be transferred from other institutions for this endorsement program.
    • Cost: Please see the Fees / Aid link for details.
    • Financial Aid: Not available for this program.
    • Retention/Completion: The maximum time allowed for completion of the endorsement is seven calendar years. Students must successfully complete the endorsement courses with an average grade of “B” or better to be recommended for the endorsement.

    Please note: ALL certified teachers are welcome to enroll in the program and take the courses but if you reside outside of Georgia, it may not lead to an endorsement in your state. Please check with your state certification office.

  • 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 and can complete the endorsement in a timely manner. This endorsement is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).

    • PSYG 5610      Nature and Need of Children Who Are Talented and Gifted*
    • PSYG 6600      Methods and Materials for Children Who Are Talented and Gifted*
    • PSYG 6620      Curriculum for Children Who Are Talented and Gifted*
    • PSYG 7600      Assessment of Children Who Are Talented and Gifted*

     *All courses use the Desire2Learn online platform.

  • 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.

  • Accreditations

    Valdosta State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees.

    The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) has accredited the Dewar College of Education and Human Services as the unit primarily responsible for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel. All of the programs housed within the college, as well as the art, music, and foreign language education programs, are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

  • Applying for your Georgia In-Field Endorsement

    Endorsement Certification Checklist

    • The certification application requesting to add an endorsement to your current certificate may be completed through your MyPSC account
    • Official VSU transcripts reflecting all course work completed for the approved program. Renee Whitmer, Certification Officer for the COEHS, will request the transcript from the Registrar for courses completed at VSU and submit the transcripts to the Professional Standards Commission.
    • The Approved Program Completion Form will be submitted to the Professional Standards Commission by Renee Whitmer.

    Other Information

    • You can track the status of your application through your MyPSC account.
    • Professional Standards Commission website:

    Contact information should you have any questions:

    Renee Whitmer
    Certification Officer
    Dewar College of Education and Human Services
    Valdosta State University1500 N. Patterson St.
    Valdosta, GA  31698-0085