Gifted and Talented Certification

Due to low enrollment the Gifted and Talented program is currently on hold. 


UW-Stevens Point in collaboration with UW-Whitewater offer add-on certification in Gifted & Talented Education. This 12-credit program is intended for currently licensed teachers seeking expertise and specialization in Gifted Education.

Please note, this is not a master's degree program; however, you may wish to pursue a master's degree and incorporate coursework from your add-on certification requirements. 
For more information about this option, please contact the School of Education Graduate Advising Office at 715-346-4403 or visit the SOE Graduate Advising office website.

For additional information contact Maggie Beeber at 715-346-2040.

Applying to the Program

You do not need to apply to UW-Stevens Point for acceptance into the add-on certification program; however, you do need to send a letter of intent, and copy of your current teaching license and transcripts to the UWSP School of Education for consideration in the program and for evaluation to determine if any of the courses could be waived.

Application Review: Applications to the Gifted and Talented Certification Program will be reviewed three times per year. Decisions will be made within two weeks of the application deadline. Applicants will be notified by U.S. Postal Mail.
Application Deadlines
February 1
April 1
September 1
Required Application Materials

1. Letter of Intent (1-2 pages) explaining why you are interested in teaching gifted children and pursuing this license (include the following information). 

Note: Please address your letter of intent to Kadir Bahar, Gifted & Talented Education Coordinator.
  • A brief introduction of who you are
  • Complete contact information (including phone and email)
  • Your current position and certifications
  • Certification you are seeking and at what grade levels
  • Why do you have an interest in gifted and talented education
  • Are you currently teaching?
  • Where do you work and in what capacity?
  • Number of years experience teaching
  • Basic demographic information
2. Copies of ALL Transcripts
3. Copy of current Teaching License
Send all application materials to:
Cathy Scheder
Administrative Program Specialist
School of Education Office of Graduate Studies
and Professional Development, CPS 438
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481

For additional course information or to register for these courses once you have been accepted into the program, please visit  the CPS-Continuing Education website at: and select courses and the appropriate semester or contact Cathy Scheder, outreach program manager, at or call 715-346-3801.
Wisconsin DPI Add-On Certification Information

Required Courses 

Core Courses (12 credit hours required)
  • EDUC 791 or EDFOUND 781 (3 credits)
  • EDFOUND 782 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 792 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 795 (3 credits)
EDUC 791 Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education(3 credits)
UW-Stevens Point - Summer

Overview of history and definitions. Emphases on development, characteristics, and individual learning differences of students with gifts and talents. Identification strategies and program options in the field of gifted/talented education. Introduction to current literature as well as exploration of relevant issues and trends.

Students can take the Foundations course without being admitted to the program.

EDFOUND 782 Psychological Issues in Gifted Education(3 credits)
UW-Whitewater - Fall

This course addresses psychology and giftedness: cognitive and motivational characteristics and development of gifted children; social-emotional issues of gifted students and counseling research; and identification, diversity, assessment, and evaluation related to gifted students and gifted programs. Readings include current research and practice in working with gifted students. PREREQ: EDFOUND 781 OR EQUIVALENT EXPERIENCE; ELIGIBLE FOR GRADUATE COURSE ENROLLMENT

Register for EDFOUND courses:

EDUC 792 Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Students with Gifts and Talents (3 credits)
UW-Stevens Point - Spring
Curriculum methods designed specifically for identified students with gifts and talents in specialized programs. Curriculum differentiation and instructional strategies/techniques for students with gifts/talents in the general education classroom. Integration of cognitive/affective domains as well as creative and critical thinking skills. Collaboration techniques. Planning of the Differentiated Program Plan. Professional and ethical teaching practice. Prereq: 791 or cons instr.

Practicum Options (3 credit hours required)

EDUC 795 Practicum in Teaching Students with Gifts and Talents
(1-3 credits)

UW Stevens Point

Observe educational programming for, plan instruction of appropriate learning experiences for, and teach students with gifts/talents using specifically designed methodologies. Program and self-evaluation. Prereq: 791 and 792 or cons instr. May take twice with cons instr.
  • On Campus Observation Component (1 credit) - summer
  • On Campus Teaching Component (2 credits) - summer
  • On-Site (K-12 setting) Full Practicum (3 credits) - fall
All practicum options offered through UW-Stevens Point

Applying for your Add-On License

Apply for your add-on license through the UW-Stevens Point School of Education 


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