Self-Directed Methods & Materials for Teaching the Gifted Online Class (SD217219)
Credits: 5 / Tuition: $350 / Additional Fee for Non NEGA RESA: $25.00


Class Notes

Course Description: 

This course focuses on methods for differentiating instruction for gifted learners. We'll examine the characteristics of gifted teachers and their classrooms, look at methods for acceleration and enrichment, explore issues related to grouping, and look at specific strategies for developing creativity and thinking skills. Finally we'll examine the problem of underachievement and motivation. 

Course Goals:

Participants in this course will increase knowledge and develop skills to:

  • Match needs of gifted learners with methods and materials;
  • Use acceleration and enrichment strategies;
  • Develop and defend grouping plans;
  • Develop creativity and thinking skills; and
  • Address the special needs of underachieving or unmotivated learners

Course Description


Step 1 - Enrollment Process

To register for the Gifted Endorsement Program the following information is required:

  • Gifted Program Application Forms
  • NEGA RESA Registration Form for each course;
  • Written recommendation of current principal or other appropriate supervisor in the employing system;
  • Written statement of personal and professional characteristics that would indicate the likelihood of being successful in the work of the Gifted Endorsement Teacher;
  • Valid clear, renewable Georgia teaching certificate; and
  • Copy of college transcript.

The above information must be sent to Brenda Mercer at Northeast Georgia RESA, 375 Winter Street, Winterville, GA 30683.

All paperwork must be signed by school principal and system staff development coordinator.

For additional registration information you may contact Brenda Mercer at


Step 2 - Course Registration Process

Participant must have completed the first course in the series before registering for this course.  Participant will be automatically enrolled in this course and the remaining two courses and notified prior to each course of enrollment and option to cancel enrollment if no longer needing to take the course.

The Gifted In-field Endorsement program consists of four courses:

  • Characteristics of the Gifted,
  • Methods & Materials for Teaching the Gifted,
  • Curriculum & Program Development of the Gifted, and
  • Priorities for Assessment of the Gifted.

Each course consists of 50 total contact hours (5 SDUs).

Participants must complete and pass all four courses to receive the Gifted In-field Endorsement. It is strongly recommended, by the program instructors, that these courses be taken in the sequence listed.

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