South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) - Office of Standards and Learning
07/30/19 4:30 PM
Grants to South Carolina Institutions of Higher Education to provide graduate courses for educators to learn how to teach gifted students. Funding is intended to support the cost of hiring a master teacher or professor, the cost of supplies and materials for participants, or for traveling expenses for the master teacher or professor to travel to the site.
Introduction and Purpose:
The South Carolina General Assembly has allocated funds to the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) through a legislative proviso to provide teacher endorsement activities (graduate courses) for teachers assigned to teach gifted and talented students as required by State Board of Education (SBE) Regulation 43-220(II)(C)(1).
Gifted and Talented (GT) Graduate Course Program funding will be provided to institutions of higher education that offer tuition-free graduate courses for teachers who are pursuing either endorsement or certification in GT education. These courses will be designed for the following topics:
- Nature and Needs of Gifted and Talented Students;
- Introduction to Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted and Talented Students;
- Advanced Curriculum for Gifted and Talented Students;
- Students Identification, Current Trends, and Issues in Gifted and Talented Education;
- Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners;
- Special Topic Seminars in Gifted and Talented Education; and
- Other topics applicable to gifted education.
To comply with the SBE regulation, the purpose of the GT Graduate Course Program is to provide teachers in each of the eight GT regions in the state (see the Table on page 1-2 of the RFP in "Supporting Documents" below) with access to GT endorsement classes and advanced classes. Funds are intended to be used for this purpose.
The SCDE encourages applicants to use alternative formats to deliver the GT graduate courses, such as online courses, distance education, or a hybrid model, rather than the traditional format (regular class meetings at a physical location for the duration of the course) to reach more educators located in rural areas of the state. Institutions should consider all of the potential challenges with technology or remote hosting sites, and submit a proposal for courses that mitigates as many delivery challenges as possible.
Consideration will be given to ensuring that graduate courses are offered in each of the eight GT regions of the state, rather than many course offerings in only one or two geographic areas. IHEs are encouraged to thoughtfully and intentionally plan graduate courses to reach both rural areas of the state as well as the population centers.
For statutory and other requirements, see page 3-4 of the RFP in "Supporting Documents" below.
GrantWatch ID#: 183901
Approximately 20 GT graduate courses will be funded under this program, depending upon the quality of applications.
The average per course award made in the previous funding year was $10,000.
Project Term: September 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply: https://scde.formstack.com/forms/gt_graduate_program_2019_20
Office of Standards and Learning
South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE)
Office of Standards and Learning
1429 Senate Street, Suite 602-B
Columbia, SC 29201
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