Gifted Intervention Specialist Endorsement (K-12)


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Wright State's College of Education and Human Services offers an online graduate level gifted endorsement program that prepares currently licensed and certified teachers to address the special needs of K-12 grade level students identified as having gifted educational needs.

Teachers who have this endorsement are licensed to work in Ohio in K-12 settings as a gifted intervention specialist (GIS), helping students who have been identified as having gifted educational needs to achieve their potential.

Coursework will provide a theoretical background in the nature and needs of the gifted child, including affective/social needs, curriculum development and differentiation for gifted students with educational needs.

The ideal candidates will be teaching in a school currently in order to have direct experiences with students identified as gifted, because practicum experiences will be embedded in coursework. Licensed educators not currently teaching will be placed in a school situation to complete the practicum-related assignments.

The Gifted Education (Endorsement) program is currently approved for 18 hours.  Our 15 credit hour program is being reviewed by OBR and we anticipate final approval in November 2014.

Contact Information

Colleen Finegan, Ph.D., Program Director
378 Allyn Hall
(937) 775-2107

For general information about the program please contact:

Andy Baker, Program Coordinator
(937) 775-2164


Admission Requirements

  • Current Ohio teaching license
  • 2.5 Cumulative minimum undergraduate GPA

Admission Process


Apply to Graduate School.

Questions about the graduate school application?  Contact:

Graduate School
Location: 344 Student Union
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: (937) 775-2976
Fax: (937) 775-2453
Toll-free Number: 1-800-452-4723