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2019-20 Gifted and Talented Graduate Course Program Discretionary Grant

Grants to South Carolina IHEs to Provide Graduate
Studies Courses for Teachers of Gifted Students

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South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) - Office of Standards and Learning

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Deadline Date:

07/30/19 4:30 PM


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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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183901

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 20 GT graduate courses will be funded under this program, depending upon the quality of applications.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average per course award made in the previous funding year was $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Term: September 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible applicant is a public or private South Carolina institution of higher education (IHE) that currently offers or plans to offer introductory graduate courses in GT education.

Teacher Qualifications:

(a) Teachers must hold valid teaching certificates appropriate to the grade level(s) or subject area(s) included in the programming.
(b) Each teacher of a state-funded gifted and talented course or class shall have completed a gifted and talented endorsement program approved by the SCDE. There are three levels of educator credentialing for gifted and talented: beginning endorsement, intermediate endorsement, and certification. The minimal credential level required will be established by the SCDE.
(1) Exception 1: Newly assigned teachers will have one year to meet gifted and talented endorsement requirements.
(2) Exception 2: Teachers who have a master's degree or higher in gifted education from an accredited institution of higher learning may have this requirement waived upon approval of credentials by the SCDE.

The following are not allowable expenses under this program:

- Indirect costs;
- Administrative charges;
- New construction;
- Funds that do not directly support the approved work plan;
- A participant’s travel to and from a course;
- Any other fees in addition to the initial graduate school application fees; and
- Medical fees, recreational fees, parking, or other fees, or room and board for participants.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The SCDE’s Office of Standards and Learning will offer a technical assistance webinar via Adobe Connect on July 9, 2019, from 10:00–11:00 a.m. to assist eligible applicants in understanding this RFP and how to submit an application. No password is required.

Participants should enter their full names when logging in. Participants will be able to log in 30 minutes prior to the start time to test audio settings and download handouts.

While participation is not mandatory in order to submit an application, it is highly recommended.

To register via Adobe Connect:

Pre-Application Information:

Date: Activity/Action

July 9, 2019: Technical assistance for eligible applicants via Adobe Connect
July 30, 2019: Deadline for receipt of applications
September 2019: Notification of awards
September 1, 2019: Funding period begins
September 2019: New grantee meeting via Adobe Connect
June 30, 2020: Funding period ends; last date for courses to conclude
July 5, 2020: Final programmatic and financial reports due

Applications must be submitted online before 4:30 p.m. on July 30, 2019. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. No hardcopy applications will be accepted. Applications delivered by hand, postal mail, email, or fax will not be accepted.

A submission confirmation will be sent to the email address provided for the program director.

The professor or master teacher for each funded graduate course must participate in the SCDE’s new grantee meeting (September 2019) to clarify course expectations, enrollment procedures, and reporting requirements. Grantees will be notified about this webinar after awards are made.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply:

Josie Stratton
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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USA: South Carolina