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

Gifted and Talented Application
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

District Coordinators

Utah's Gifted and Talented: Grades K-12 Handbook
Note: If you need this information in an accessible format, contact the department directly.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How are students nominated for possible gifted program placement?

For specific information on the nomination procedures (e.g., forms to be completed, schedule for testing, etc.), parents and educators should contact the gifted program coordinator in their local school district.

2. If a student has been identified as gifted in another state, will he/she be eligible for gifted program placement in Utah?

There is no reciprocal eligibility from state to state, each state establishes its own definition of giftedness and its own rules governing gifted education services. However, many states' definitions are similar, so we hope to be able to establish transferring students' eligibility for gifted program placement here in Utah with little or no additional testing.

The most expedient way to nominate an out-of-state transfer for possible gifted program placement is to collect all assessment data and present those assessment results to the gifted program teacher at the student's new school or to the district's gifted program coordinator at the time of registration. Helpful documents might include: original eligibility reports, recent standardized test scores, work samples, and recommendations from current teachers. Gifted program personnel in the receiving school system can then evaluate the types of tests that were given, the dates of those tests, etc., and determine what additional testing (if any) may be required to determine eligibility under the district guidelines. By providing that information at the time of registration, parents can avoid possible delays in getting gifted students appropriately placed.

3. What special programs are offered for gifted students?

The Utah State Board of Education requires and authorizes each local district to develop curriculum for their gifted students in grades K-12, following the guidelines in Utah State Board of Education Rule R277-711-3.

To find out more about specific program offerings for gifted students, parents and educators should contact the gifted program coordinator in the local school system. Many local school districts have their own web pages and these may be a good way to learn about specific programs of interest. For example, some districts offer magnet programs for gifted and talented students; some offer the International Baccalaureate curriculum and diploma program.

4. What are the certification requirements for a teacher of gifted students?

The minimum requirement for a Gifted and Talented endorsement is an educator license, teaching experience, and a minimum of 16 hours of approved university coursework. Teachers of gifted students must meet the training requirements described in the Gifted Education Endorsement which may be added to a professional teaching certificate by successfully completing a program of study that has been approved by the Utah State Board of Education.

Gifted and Talented Team

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

Kira Hedden
Office Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7773 | E-mail