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Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted and Talented Education  

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The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) collaborated to update the research-based standards for teacher preparation programs in gifted education.  The revised standards have been approved by both organizations.  The standards also were approved in December 2013 by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the professional organization that accredits schools and colleges of teacher education.  The previous standards were approved in 2006. 

The 2013 standards, which university gifted education programs may begin using immediately as part of the CAEP national recognition process, realign and streamline the 2006 standards.  There are now seven standards (compared to 10 in the 2006 standards) and 28 elements, compared to 70 knowledge and skill elements in the 2006 standards. 

We have included additional information here to help educators navigate the 2013 revised standards.  We provide the research base in annotated bibliography form as well as an explanation of the issues addressed by the standards.  We also provide an analysis of how the new standards differ from the previous standards. 

NOTE that we will continue to include the 2006 standards on the website for the convenience of teacher preparation programs that have begun their CAEP report writing process.  All gifted education teacher preparation programs must use the 2013 standards beginning with CAEP submissions in spring 2016. 


NEW 2013 NAGC-CEC Standards for Teacher Preparation in Gifted Education (pdf)

2006 NAGC-CEC Standards for Teacher Knowledge and Skills in Gifted Education (pdf)

Summary of the Seven Gifted Education Teacher Preparation Standards Differences between the 2013 and 2006 Teacher Preparation Standards

Research support for the 2013 Teacher Preparation Standards

NCATE/CAEP Blue Ribbon Report on Clinical Preparation for Improved Student Learning  NCATE/CAEP Report on Increasing the Application of Knowledge about Child & Adolescent Development and Learning

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