The licensure program of study in Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) meets the requirements for Arkansas Licensure in Gifted and Talented Education. It is a K-12 licensure attached to an existing license in general or special education. The Additional Licensure Plan (ALP) should be planned in conjunction with the program coordinator who assists students in developing study plans that meet licensure requirements. Licensure is an 18-hour program.
- Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale) or 3.0 in the last 60 hours; or Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA
- favorable recommendation from faculty in the program
- completed College of Education Biographical Data Sheet
- valid teacher license; contact program coordinator for exceptions
The program of study includes four required courses: GATE 7350 Teaching the Gifted and Talented, GATE 7355 Creativity Seminar, GATE 7357 Curriculum and Instruction in Gifted Education, and GATE 7390 Supervised Practicum. In addition, candidates select two electives suited to their particular career goals to complete the program.
Candidates must also pass the required assessment(s) for the licensure area. Test at a Glance (TAAG) study guide booklets are available online at www.teachingandlearning.org and any teacher wishing to take any Praxis assessment is strongly encouraged to obtain these study materials.
Practica and internships in specialized programs for gifted children and youth provide valuable real-world experience in designing and implementing appropriate curricula and administrative services. The Center for Gifted Education administers a variety of such programs that serve as practicum and internship sites for the licensing and graduate education degree programs in Gifted Education.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock graduate program in gifted education is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. It is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Establishing a Licensure File
After developing a plan of study or Additional Licensure Plan (ALP) with the program coordinator, schedule an appointment to establish your licensure file with Lundon Pinneo, the licensure officer for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.