Professional Development Requirements

  • What Professional Development is required by the Texas State Plan for Education of Gifted/Talented Students?

    The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students requires administrators, counselors, and teachers that are involved in the campus A.R.E. committees, cluster classroom placement and provide instruction and services to Gifted & Talented students to possess the knowledge required to develop and provide appropriate options and differentiated curricula.

    GT Core/Foundations consist of the initial 30 hours of GT training. 

      • 5.1 A minimum of thirty (30) clock hours of professional development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students, identification and assessment of gifted/talented students’ needs, and curriculum and instruction for gifted/talented students is required for teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the district’s defined gifted/talented services. Teachers are required to have completed the thirty (30) hours of professional development prior to their assignment to the district’s gifted/talented services (19 TAC §89.2(1)).
      • 5.2 Teachers without required training who are assigned to provide instruction and services that are part of the district’s defined gifted/talented services are required to complete the thirty (30) hour training within one semester (19 TAC §89.2(2)).

    GT Updates, a minimum of 6 hours, is required annually for all teachers serving gifted and talented students in grades K-12 after completing the initial 30 hours of GT Core/Foundations training.

      • 5.6 Teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the district’s defined gifted/talented services receive a minimum of six (6) hours annually of professional development in gifted/talented education that is related to state teacher gifted/talented education standards (19 TAC §89.2(3) and TAC §233.1).
      • 5.6.1 Teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the district’s defined gifted/talented services receive a minimum of six (6) hours annually of professional development in gifted/talented education based on evaluation of G/T services. 

    GT Course Credit Waivers

    • Teachers unable to complete the 30-hour GT Core/Foundations requirement in their first semester may be granted a district-approved extension up to one semester of non-compliance. Waiver agreements must be signed by the teacher, GT Specialist/Liaison, and campus administrator overseeing Gifted & Talented services.

Elementary and Intermediate School (K-6) Teachers Serving Gifted Students

  • Campus GT Specialists and general education core content teachers must have a minimum of 30 hours of GT Core/Foundations professional development prior to or within the first semester of assignment. The 30 hours include the following:

      • GT Core/Foundations: Nature & Needs (6 hours)
      • GT Core/Foundations: Identification & Assessment (6 hours)
      • GT Core/Foundations: Instructional and Social Supports (18 hours) (for differentiation strategies for teaching Advanced learners in the general education classroom; understanding of the specific social and emotional needs of Gifted learners; topics and courses will vary)

     Following the initial 30 Core/Foundations hours of GT professional development, GT Specialists and core content area teachers must receive a minimum of 6 hours of professional development in gifted education annually (GT Update).

Middle and High School (7-12) Teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) and Pre-AP Core Content Areas

  • All Advanced Placement (AP) teachers and core content Pre-Advanced Placement teachers must have a minimum of 30 hours of GT Core/Foundations professional development prior to or within the first semester of assignment. The 30 hours include the following:

      • GT Core/Foundations: Nature & Needs (6 hours)
      • GT Core/Foundations: Identification & Assessment (6 hours)
      • GT Core/Foundations: Instructional and Social Supports (18 hours) (for differentiation strategies for teaching Gifted learners in the general education classroom; understanding of the specific social and emotional needs of Gifted learners; topics and courses will vary)

    Following the initial 30 Core/Foundations hours of GT professional development, AP and core content Pre-AP teachers must receive a minimum of 6 hours of professional development in gifted education annually (GT Update).

    *Pre-Advanced Placement Teachers Only - Laying the Foundation (ELA, Science, and Math) or Aligning for Success (Social Studies) hours may be applied toward up to 18 hours of GT Core/Foundations for instructional strategies and differentiation.

    AP and Pre-AP teachers are encouraged to attend an AP Summer Institute once every four years. Attending the AP Summer Institute earns up to 18 GT Core/Foundation hours in the areas of instructional strategies and differentiation. If a teacher has earned the initial required 30 GT Core/Foundations hours, the teacher attending the AP Summer Institute will earn the required annual 6 hour GT Update. Additional information regarding AP Summer Institute can be found on the The College Board’s Professional Development website.

Administrators

  • 5.8 Teachers, as well as administrators who have supervisory duties for service decisions, are required to complete a minimum of six (6) hours of professional development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students and service options for gifted/talented students (19 TAC §89.2(4)).

    5.8.1 Administrators who have authority for gifted/talented service decisions receive a minimum of six (6) hours annually of professional development in gifted/talented education.

Counselors

  • 5.9 Counselors who work with gifted/talented students are required to complete a minimum of six (6) hours of professional development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students, service options for gifted/talented students, and social-emotional learning (19 TAC §89.2(4)).

    5.9.1 Counselors who work with gifted/talented students receive a minimum of six (6) hours annually of professional development in gifted/talented education.

School Board of Trustees

  • 5.10 Local district boards of trustees are trained to ensure program accountability based on the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students (19 TAC §89.5).

    5.10.1 Local district boards of trustees are encouraged to pursue professional development on the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students.

Gifted and Talented Endorsement or Supplemental Certificate (SBEC)

  • The State Board for Educator Certification offers a TExES exam for the GT Supplemental Certification. In order to become GT certified, teachers must register for the exam, take it, pass it, and pay a fee to add the credential to their Educator Certificate. This certification is currently optional and not required by the state.

    Teachers holding a Gifted & Talented Endorsement or a Gifted & Talented Supplemental Certificate must fulfill the professional development requirements if serving Gifted and Talented students in the classroom. This includes the 30 hours of GT Core/Foundations and the annual 6 hours of GT Update, in accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students (Section 4.1.1 C, 4.2C)

GT PD Credit Request

  • If you are a campus administrator, GT specialist/liaison, or outside of the district entity and need to request GT credit for your planned professional development, please fill in the request form here. You will need to submit your presentation or workshop objectives in the form for review.

    If you have any questions about whether your planned professional development can earn GT credit, please take a look at the KISD Core Area and Teacher Competencies for Gifted/Talented Professional Development and the Can my PD earn GT credit files linked below.  You can email Donna Hodge with any further questions.