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 1013 (formerly known as 014) and the Program Coordinator – Gifted and Talented License 5013 (formerly known as 64-014). UWW also offers a Master of Science in Education (MSE) 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: Wisconsin's Two Javits Grants
Wisconsin recently received two federal gifted education Javits grants from the U.S. Dept. of Education! The purpose of the grant program is to fund research-based initiatives to build the capacity of schools to meet the needs of gifted and talented students, and its major emphasis is on serving students traditionally underrepresented in gifted and talented programs. UW-Whitewater looks forward to collaborating on these grants (one to DPI and one to WCATY/UW-Madison), primarily by providing federally-funded teacher professional development in urban districts and by assisting with the creation of a statewide strategic plan.

Gifted and Talented Coordinator (5013) 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.  The next CALA will take place in summer 2017.
http://www.uww.edu/ce/workshops/cala

Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium

June 13-16, 2016 in Austin, Minnesota 
http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/StuSuc/GiftEd/059387

Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted - Annual Conference
Oct. 13-14, 2016 at the Wilderness Resort and Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells
http://www.watg.org/

National Association for Gifted Children - Annual Conference
Nov. 3-6, 2016 in Orlando, Florida (at Walt Disney World)
www.nagc.org

World Council for Gifted and Talented Children - Biennial Conference
July 20-23, 2017 in Sydney, Australia
http://worldgifted2017.com/


Upcoming Courses

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

Summer 2016

EDFOUND 781 - Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education (UWW, hybrid, 3 credits, June 20-July 30).
EDUC 792 - Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Students with Gifts and Talents (UWSP, online, 3 credits, May 23-June 30).

Fall 2016

EDFOUND 782 - Psychological Issues in Gifted Education (UWW, hybrid, 3 credits)
EDUC 791 - Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education (UWSP, online, 3 credits)
EDUC 795 - Practicum in Teaching Students with Gifts and Talents (UWSP, 3 credits, arranged as independent study during the academic year)

Spring 2017

EDFOUND 785 - Coordinating Gifted Education Programs and Services (UWW, 3 credits). Coordinator course with embedded practicum.
EDUC 792 - Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Students with Gifts and Talents (UWSP, online, 3 credits)
EDUC 795 - Practicum in Teaching Students with Gifts and Talents (UWSP, 3 credits, arranged as independent study during the academic year)

Other Courses
Other gifted course offerings may be arranged with school districts or regional groups that wish to provide instruction to a cohort of area teachers (usually offered as a combination of online and face-to-face sessions).