Welcome to Gifted and Talented


Utah educators are committed to the belief that education is a means by which each individual has the opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential. We believe that all students have a right to educational experiences that challenge their individual development whether it is below, at, or beyond the level of their age peers. In accordance with this philosophy, Utah schools provide educational programs that recognize and make provisions for the needs of gifted and talented learners.

Educator Endorsements

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Gifted and Talented Endorsement
Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing

The Gifted and Talented Endorsement may be added to an Educator License with an Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education area of concentration. This endorsement will allow the candidate to assume teaching and leadership positions in the education of gifted, talented, and creative youth. There are many quality programs in the state that offer the required courses.

The following contact list is not comprehensive, but you can contact the university to ask about their availability of classes, schedule, etc. Please contact Shannon Ference at shannon.ference@schools.utah.gov if your information is missing below.

Colleges/Universities offering Gifted and Talented Endorsement

Southern Utah University
Director of Academic Enrichment Program
School of Integrative and Engaged Learning
351 West University Boulevard
Cedar City, Utah 84720
Phone: (435) 865-8085

Utah State University
School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Service
2805 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-2805
Phone: (435) 797-0385

Utah Valley University
School of Education
800 W University Parkway
Orem, Utah 84058
Phone: (801) 863-6723

Weber State University
The Department of Teacher Education
1304 University Circle
Ogden, Utah 84408-1304

Brigham Young University (BYU)
Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling
149 McKay Building
Provo, Utah 84602
Phone: (801) 422-4646

Teacher Resources

Journals and Magazines


Gifted Child Quarterly
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

Gifted Education Press Quarterly
Gifted Education Press

Imagine Magazine
John Hopkins University (JHC) for Talented Youth (CTY)

Parenting for High Potential (PHP)
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)


Utah Education Network (UEN)

Website Resources

Gifted and Talented Team

Shannon Olson
Phone: (801) 538-7617 | E-mail

Krystol Carfaro
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7988 | E-mail