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
UW-Whitewater, in cooperation with UW-Stevens Point, offers the only program leading to this license. 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.

Challenging Advanced Learners Academy (CALA)
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.

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

Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted - Annual Conference
Nov. 5-6, 2015 at Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells

National Association for Gifted Children - Annual Conference
Nov. 12-15, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona

European Council for High Ability - Biennial Conference
Mar. 2-5, 2016 in Vienna, Austria

Upcoming Courses

For more detailed information, click on the Courses link at the left. For information on scheduled courses offered by UW-Stevens Point, click here.

Spring 2016

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.

Summer 2016

EDFOUND 781 - Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education (UWW, 3 credits - Dates TBA).

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

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).