Gifted and Talented: Frequently Asked Questions
- "I’ve taken a gifted course (or several courses) from another university in the past; how can I apply that credit toward the license?"
If the courses are not UW–Whitewater / UW–Stevens Point courses, they could still count toward the license or MSE-PD. You will need to submit transcripts to the instructor of the course for which you believe your previous course might partially or completely substitute. The faculty members will then decide how best to apply your previous credits. Courses that are very similar but were taken at a different university may exempt you from a full course in Wisconsin.
- "I’ve been teaching/coordinating GT/TAG for many years; can I be grandfathered into receiving a license?"
Unfortunately, according to DPI, experience and prior coursework alone will not allow you to receive the license without completing an approved program. An approved program includes the articulated knowledge, skills, and dispositions, the required up-to-date coursework or its equivalent, the assessments, a clinical experience, and a portfolio of evidence which allows the candidate to demonstrate competencies in the Wisconsin Teaching Standards and the National Association for Gifted Children teaching standards. At present, UWSP and UWW offer the only approved program in Wisconsin. Some previous coursework may be transferred or otherwise counted toward the program at the discretion of the coordinators. Credit for prior work will be evaluated by program faculty.
- "I have a GT license in another state; how can I receive the WI license?"
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction reviews credentials / licenses from other states. If you hold a gifted education license from another state, contact DPI directly to see if you can receive a Wisconsin gifted teacher and/or gifted coordinator license.
- "I see there will be two licenses (teacher and program coordinator). If I want to work towards both, how many classes will I need?"
If you have no prior GT coursework, there are five, three-credit courses in total required to earn BOTH licenses (either license separately require four coures or their equivalent).
- "If I want to earn both licenses, to which program should I apply?"
If you are seeking both licenses, then you should apply to the campus (UWW or UWSP) where you will take your first course. For most students this will be the Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education course.
- "Is the licensure program offered online?"
Most licensure courses are offered in a hybrid format. This means that they are mostly online. The courses tend to meet two or three times in-person over the course of the semester, with most of the course taking place through D2L (the UW system’s online learning courseware).
- "How long does it take to earn a license?"
It is possible to complete all four courses for the GT teacher license, and probably the additional coordinator course, from one summer through the following summer. This would involve one class each semester. However, individuals may take longer if they so choose.
- "How much does the license cost?"
As of Summer 2013 the cost for a three-credit graduate class at UWW for a Wisconsin resident is $1402 (undergraduate is $941). There are 12 credits in the licensure program, and there will be an additional three credits for the coordinator licensure program when available.
- "Are courses ever discounted in cost?"
Yes. The first credit of EDFOUND 781 is offered at 50% discount every fall as a part of the WATG annual conference. See www.watg.org for more information. We also offer discounted courses to groups or cohorts of individuals from a single district or school. Contact one of the program coordinators for more information.
- "I already have a master's degree--can I take the courses at undergraduate level for undergraduate tuition prices?"
Courses and workshops are sometimes offered at the undergraduate level for those students not needing the graduate credit. However, this is not done in any predictable rotation and not all courses can be offered at the undergraduate level. Please contact us for more information.
- "Who can I contact for more information about the program?"
UW-Whitewater contacts are: J. Christine Gould, Ph.D. To apply for the supplementary gifted teacher licensure program, click here.