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In Colorado, "qualified personnel" in gifted education means a licensed educator who has a teaching certificate along with one of the three gifted education endorsements.  The three types of endorsements include:

  1. Core Gifted Endorsement
  2. Gifted Specialist
  3. Gifted Director

Every administrative unit (AU) shall have an educator who is responsible for the management of the AU's program plan and gifted education professional development.  Although it is preferred that this person be qualified in gifted education, it is not an Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) mandate.  An AU has the autonomy to determine the licensing and endorsement levels of those educators supporting gifted students.  Paraprofessionals may serve in supportive roles, but may not be the sole instructional provider for gifted programming. 

House Bill 14-1102 permits AUs to apply for grant funds to offset costs incurred by employing a qualified person to administer the gifted program plan.  AUs may submit an application for the Qualified Personnel Grant to offset up to a .5 FTE. 

Fall 2018 begins all new programs under new licensing standards.

New Licensure Rules for Gifted Endorsements

Gifted Education Endorsement Standards

Pre-2016 Endorsement Standards for Specialist in Gifted Education

Note: In Colorado, the pre-2016 set of endorsement standards will be applied to candidates entering Specialist approved programs through fall 2017. The new and current endorsement standards will be used in all three (3) approved endorsement programs beginning fall 2018.

Added Endorsement: Gifted Education Specialist

Information about endorsement application and online submission is available on the Educator Licensing Office webpage. Please direct any questions to them by calling 303-866-6628.

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