Gifted and Talented Education

Gifted & Talented Supplemental

The Dual Certificate Program in Elementary and Gifted and Talented Education allows future teachers to obtain TWO teaching certificates:

  • elementary certificate (EC-Grade 6)
  • gifted and talented supplemental certificate

Why the Gifted and Talented Certificate Program at Baylor?

  • Nationally recognized by National Association for Gifted Children and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Used as a national model for undergraduate programs in gifted education
  • Only program in Texas that offers this option to undergraduate students
  • Adds only three additional courses to the teacher education program plan
  • Provides experiences with both general education and gifted and talented students
  • 100 percent of graduates pass the TExES exam in gifted and talented education
  • Recent graduates are teaching in elementary classrooms and in resource rooms for gifted students, acting as consulting teachers in gifted education in elementary schools, providing workshops for general education teachers, and teaching in magnet schools (e.g., International Baccalaureate).

In obtaining two certificates, you will follow an integrated core set of courses that are all field-based:

Sophomore Year

  • Course: The Developing Child (create a developmental profile on a child)
  • Course: Learning and Development (assess how children learn)
  • Course: Introduction to the Gifted Child (guide a gifted student using the independent study process)

Junior Year

  • Differentiate math and literacy for a small group of gifted and general education students

Senior Year

  • Teach in a resource room for gifted students for one semester; teach in a general education classroom with a cluster group of gifted students for the other semester
  • Course: Differentiation (write a unit that differentiates for gifted/general education students)
  • Course: Exceptionalities (conduct a case study that includes research)

For more information and an application for the program, contact:

Dr. Susan Johnsen, Coordinator of the GT/EC-6 Dual Certificate Program
Department of Educational Psychology, Marrs McLean 323

254-710-6116
Susan_Johnsen@baylor.edu