Texas law requires teachers receive 30 hours training in gifted education to be eligible to teach gifted; in addition, teachers must receive six hours training yearly to maintain that eligibility. However, it is up to local school districts to decide what credit hours they wish to accept. That said, many school districts do look at TAGT approval as a mark of quality training, and will accept hours that have our approval without question.
The Teacher Awareness Certificate requires 45 clock hours of TAGT-approved training. These hours can be acquired at TAGT Conferences, online at TAGT On Demand, as well as at many universities, education service centers, and district-sponsored workshops.
TAGT 45-Hour Teacher Awareness Certificate
The TAGT Teacher Awareness Certificate requires a minimum of six hours of training in each of the five core areas:
- Nature and Needs of Gifted Students
- Identification and Assessment
- Social and Emotional Needs
- Creativity and Instructional Strategies
- Differentiated Curriculum
Professional development training that is approved for Awareness Certificate credit satisfies the following criteria:
- Topics must be related to gifted students specifically, not to all students
- Content appears to provide gifted students with more complex, in-depth learning
- Methods or procedures introduced must be authentic
- Research supports any models or theories introduced
- Training must address one or more of the five core areas noted in the teacher competencies.
Six-Hour Update Training Document
TAGT makes the following recommendations for the required Six-Hour Update, based on the assumption that the minimum 30 hours have been completed. The Six-Hour Update should provide in-depth study after completion of the 30 hours and address topics based on the TAGT core areas.
Applications for Approval of Professional Development Activities
Groups sponsoring professional development for educators can apply for training hours that will apply toward the TAGT Teacher Awareness Certificate and the TAGT Administrator Awareness Certificate.
For more or specific information on the TAGT Professional Development department, please contact Tracy Weinberg, at firstname.lastname@example.org.