Gifted Education LICENSURE

Gifted Education Opportunities

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Education, in collaboration with the Karnes Center, offers courses leading to the 207 Gifted Licensure in Mississippi. Three courses are online. The practicum takes place during one of the programs hosted by the Center on the Hattiesburg campus each June. Options exist to complete the practicum in a number of the Center’s programs.


207 Gifted Licensure courses may be completed in a number of ways:

  1. As a non-degree seeking student. Students only seeking the 207 Gifted Education endorsement may register with the Graduate School as non-degree students.
  2. As electives in one of many Masters Degree Programs housed in the College of Education and Human Sciences. Acceptance into each program has its own guidelines and deadlines.

Please visit USM’s Graduate School for information on applications, deadlines, and degree programs. The licensure pathway WILL NOT show up as an individual degree plan because it is flexible and can be added to several options. All gifted courses have an SPE prefix.

When do Courses take place? How long does it take to complete the endorsement?

The Gifted Licensure courses begin in the Summer Semester and may be completed in thirteen months. Courses taken out of sequence will prolong your process. SPE 560 and SPE 661 are prerequisites to SPE 664.

Courses Required for the 207 Gifted Licensure:

  • 1st Summer – SPE 560: The Psychology and Education of Gifted Children – online
  • Fall – SPE 661: Methods and Materials for Teaching Gifted Students – online
  • Spring – SPE 663: Atypical Gifted Students – online
  • 2nd Summer – SPE 664: Practicum with Gifted Students – in person/on USM’s Hattiesburg Campus

Scholarships are available for students working toward a career in Gifted Education.