Gifted and Talented Certificate and Endorsement Program

Gifted and Talented (PK-12) Certificate and Endorsement

Gifted and Talented
About Our Program

This 25 credit hour certificate prepares teachers at all levels to enhance their teaching methodologies in Gifted and Talented (PK-12) education. The certificate will require 3 credit hours of practicum work. To receive licensure endorsement from the Colorado Department of Education, the candidate must complete the certificate requirements and pass the GT Praxis Test. All courses are offered in a convenient format and will transfer into the Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Gifted and Talented endorsement. 

Download the 2022 Information Session PDF here: UCCS Gifted and Talented Certificate and Endorsement Virtual Information Sessions


Certificate and Endorsement

Accepting applications and will start with each full cohort

The certificate will enable students to add a Gifted and Talented endorsement to their teaching license after they pass the Gifted and Talented Praxis Test. The Certificate will include 9 courses equaling a total of 25 credits.

Application fee $60

Select All Graduate Students. After entering information, in Select the Degree Program menu choose Gifted and Talented Education (Graduate Certificate).

MA Curriculum and Instruction with GT Endorsement

Complete requirements for the certificate and 4 additional courses

  • CURR 5000 Foundations: History and Research in Curriculum Studies

  • CURR 5002 Issues, Strategies, and Models in Curriculum Design

  • LEAD 5700 Introduction to Research and Statistics

  • CURR 5090 Master’s Research Project

Application fee $60


Gifted and Talented


  • CURR 5201 Foundations in Gifted Education
  • CURR 5202 The Assessment and Identification of Gifted and Talented Students
  • CURR 5203 Psychology of the Gifted: Social, Emotional Needs, and Special Populations
  • CURR 5204 Under-identified and Underserved: Giftedness in Poverty and Culturally Diverse
  • CURR 5206 Creativity in Gifted Education
  • CURR 5211 Curriculum Models and Aligned Programming for Gifted Students
  • CURR 5214 Differentiated Instruction and Research-based Strategies for Teaching the Gifted
  • CURR 5215 Gifted Program Leadership
  • CURR 5230 Gifted and Talented Practicum


  • UCCS Online Graduate Endorsement Application
  • Pay application fee
  • Complete tuition classification form
  • Submit all official transcripts from colleges/universities attending or attended
  • Complete a background check or provide an unofficial copy of teaching licensure
  • Resume and career goal statement
  • Three recommendations (contact information only)
  • Interview with a department faculty member
  • Complete FAFSA