Gifted Education: State of Florida Teacher Endorsement

Program Overview for Gifted Education

The 5 courses in this Concentration Area prepare graduates for professional roles as educators of gifted and talented students. Graduates also are eligible for a teaching endorsement in Gifted Education from the Florida Department of Education. The four courses with the EGI prefix are offered through the ESE Department in an online format. The fifth course (SDS 6426) is offered through the department of Counselor Education in a mixed methods format, incorporating live sessions and online activities.

Admissions Requirements for Gifted Education

The courses in this Concentration Area may be taken as a non-degree seeking student or they may be integrated into a Master’s Degree program as a degree seeking student in the Department of Special Education. These courses might also apply toward a master’s degree in another major in the College of Education (e.g., Curriculum & Instruction, or a major in the Teaching and Learning Department), but that requires coordination and planning with the student’s academic advisor in those programs. To obtain a Gifted Education teaching endorsement upon completion of this Concentration Area, graduates must already have a Bachelor’s degree and initial State of Florida Teacher Certification. (Students who wish to gain the teaching endorsement should seek the most current information from the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Teacher Certification at 1(800) 445-6739 or visit

Course Requirements for Gifted Education

  • EGI 5302 (3) Theories & Characteristics of Gifted Learners (Fall)
  • EGI 5246 (3) Educating Special Populations of Gifted Learners (Spring)
  • EGI 5305 (3) Theory & Development of Creativity (Fall)
  • EGI 6235 (3) Designing Programs for Gifted Learners
    (Prerequisite: EGI 5302 or EGI 5246) (Spring)
  • SDS 6426 (3) Guidance & Counseling of Gifted Students (Summer) (This course is offered by the Counselor Education Department.)

Accreditation Standards for Gifted Education

  • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
  • The Association for the Gifted of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC - TAG)
  • Florida Department of Education has developed Frameworks for Gifted (Sunshine State Standards)

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Furthering Your Education

Students completing this Gifted certification area and who wish to further their education could integrate these courses into a Master’s Degree Program in the Department of Special Education. These courses could count toward the ESE Master’s Concentration in Gifted Education

Department ESE Contact Person for Gifted Education

Dr. Michael Brady
Boca Campus

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