Licensure in Gifted and Talented

Welcome to a world-class program 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.

Fully Online, 15 Credit Hours

UA Little Rock’s gifted education licensure pathway is a fully online, 15 credit hour non-degree program that leads to the Arkansas Gifted Education K-12 Licensure.  The non-degree program replaces the existing UA Little Rock 18 hour program listed in the current catalogue.  (Please note that catalog listings are changed only in the spring of each year, so the current catalog information is out-of-date.)

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 15-hour program.

Admission Requirements

  • 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

Program Requirements

The program of study includes five required courses:

  • GATE 7350 Teaching the Gifted and Talented,
  • GATE 7355 Creativity Seminar,
  • GATE 7357 Curriculum and Instruction in Gifted Education,
  • GATE 7363 Affective Needs of the Gifted,
  • and GATE 7390 Supervised Practicum.

Candidates must also pass the required assessment(s) for the licensure area. Test at a Glance (TAAG) study guide booklets are available online at 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 Jodie Mahony 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 non-degree GT program is eligible for the UA Little Rock online program tuition flat rate of $383 per credit hour – making the program one of the most affordable in the state of Arkansas.

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 the licensure officer for the School of Education for UA Little Rock.

Plan of Study