Gifted and Talented

Welcome to the UW-Whitewater site for gifted and talented education programs and information! We look forward to working with you to advocate for and develop programming that challenges advanced learners preK-12 and that seeks and nurtures gifts and talents among diverse student populations.

  • Gifted Teacher License
  • Gifted Coordinator License
  • Master's with Emphasis in Challenging Advanced Learners

UW-Whitewater, in collaboration with UW-Stevens Point, offers programs leading to the Wisconsin Supplementary Teaching License in gifted and talented (014) and the Program Coordinator – Gifted and Talented License (64-014). UWW also offers a Master of Science in Education - Professional Development with an emphasis program in Challenging Advanced Learners. Teachers can work toward either or both licenses as part of the master's degree or as a "stand-alone" licensure program. (UWSP also offers a master's degree with an emphasis in gifted education.) Most licensure courses are taught in "online hybrid" format (online with a few face-to-face meetings) to accommodate educators from all corners of the state. UW-Whitewater also offers a variety of other services in support of gifted education across the state of Wisconsin. Workshops and training sessions are offered for undergraduate and graduate credit; licensure cohorts can be arranged in school districts; and UW-Whitewater maintains the WISGIFT e-mail listserv.

Announcements and Events

NEW: Gifted and Talented Coordinator (64-014) Licensure Program
DPI has approved UW-Whitewater's application to offer a program leading to this license, in cooperation with UW-Stevens Point. It is expected that the next coordinator practicum course will be offered in Spring 2015. For more information, click on Licenses or contact the program coordinators.
NOTE: the gifted coordinator license is available to pupil services staff (school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers) as well as to teachers and administrators.

European Council for High Ability - Biennial Conference
Sep. 17-20, 2014 in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted - Annual Conference
Oct. 9-10, 2014 at Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells

National Association for Gifted Children - Annual Conference
Nov. 13-16, 2014 in Baltimore, MD

Challenging Advanced Learners Academy
UW-Whitewater presents a biennial academy for educators in which gifted education issues and strategies are presented in the context of larger education movements such as RtI, Common Core, and value-added assessment. Our next CALA academy is planned for June 2015.

World Council for Gifted and Talented Children - Biennial Conference
Aug. 10-14, 2015 in Odense, Denmark

Upcoming Courses

For information on scheduled courses offered by UW-Stevens Point, click here.

Fall 2014

Oct. 2014: EDFOUND 781 - Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education (UWW, 1 credit). The first credit of this course will be available through attendance at a pre-conference WATG workshop and participation in the WATG conference.  This is a good way to "get your feet wet" in gifted education coursework, and the additional two credits can be completed in summer 2015 through UW-Whitewater.  For more information, see

EDUC 791 - Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education (UWSP, 3 credits). This is the full, initial course for both licensure programs and is a required prerequisite for other gifted education courses.  The course will be taught primarily online.  For more information, click here

EDFOUND 782 - Psychological Issues in Gifted and Talented Education (UWW, 3 credits - prerequisite, Foundations course).   This course addresses areas related to psychology and giftedness: cognitive and motivational characteristics of gifted children; social-emotional issues; and identification, assessment, and evaluation related to gifted students and programs. Hybrid/online: two Sat. meetings 9/20 and 11/8. 

Spring 2015

EDFOUND 785 - Coordinating Gifted Education Programs and Services (UWW, 3 credits). Coordinator course with embedded practicum.  The three "core courses" (Foundations, Psych Issues, and Curriculum) must be completed as prerequisites for this course; if you are interested in both the add-on gifted teacher license (014) and the gifted coordinator license (64-014), it also makes sense to take the GT teacher practicum course first, but it is not required.

EDUC 792 - Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Students with Gifts and Talents (UWSP, 3 credits).  For more information, click here.

Summer 2015

EDFOUND 781 - Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education (UWW, 3 credits - dates tba)

EDUC 795 - Practicum in Teaching Students with Gifts and Talents (UWSP, 1 + 2 credits; also offered as independent study during the academic year)   

Other Courses

Other gifted course offerings may be arranged with school districts that wish to provide instruction to a cohort of teachers in the district (usually with a combination of online and face-to-face sessions).