Professional Development

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. 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. These hours can be acquired at TAGT conferences, including the TAGT Annual Conference, online at TAGT On Demand, as well as at many universities, education service centers, and district-sponsored workshops. It is up to local school districts to decide what credit hours they wish to accept. 

IMPORTANT: Any TAGT member who is currently in the process of completing the requirements for the Awareness Certificate has until December 31, 2016 to complete their training hours and submit an application for the Awareness Certificate. As of January 1, 2017, we will no longer be awarding Awareness Certificates. 

TAGT Awareness Certificate Application

The TAGT Awareness Certificate requires 45-clock hours of TAGT-approved training, with 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.

For more information, please contact or call 512.499.8248.