The educating highly capable learners minor is designed for students and certified teachers who are seeking additional endorsement in working with highly capable (gifted and talented) students in the P-12 educational system. While the minor does not result in an initial Washington State Endorsement, it does qualify for an “Add-on” endorsement that can be attached to an existing Washington State Teaching certificate. Teacher Education Candidates seeking a primary initial endorsement (i.e. Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, etc.) that requires a minor can add the educating highly capable learners minor to complete the BA in education degree. However, the candidate will not be eligible for the highly capable endorsement until the initial teaching certificate has been awarded. Practicing teachers and teacher education candidates at K-12 levels can add this minor to develop a broader spectrum of developmental understanding and strategies for working with highly gifted and talented learners.
Teacher education candidates in the Educating Highly Capable Learners Minor Program must be admitted to Teacher Certification Program or currently hold a valid teaching certificate.