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Education and Professional Development for Teachers

Gifted and Talented Graduate Course Program Discretionary Grant

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

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06/30/22 4:30 PM


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Grants to South Carolina institutions of higher education to provide further education for teachers. Funding may be used for necessary materials, supplies, and the cost of hiring a professor and master teacher. Funding is intended for courses that provide professional development related to the education of gifted students.

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;
  • Student 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.

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183901

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 20 GT graduate courses will be funded under this program.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average per endorsement-level course award made in the previous funding year was $10,342.

Term of Contract:

September 1, 2022: Funding period begins
June 30, 2023: Funding period ends; last date for courses to conclude

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
An eligible applicant is a public or private South Carolina IHE that currently offers or plans to offer introductory graduate courses in GT education.

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. 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.
- Exception 1: Newly assigned teachers will have one year to meet gifted and talented endorsement requirements.
- 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.

Unauthorized Activities
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 June 10, 2022, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. to assist eligible applicants in understanding the application and how to apply for this grant. No password is required to join the session. Participants will be able to log in prior to the start time to test their audio settings and download/print handouts. While participation is not mandatory in order to submit an application, it is highly recommended.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted online before 4:30 p.m. on June 30, 2022.

Timeline of Grant Process:
- June 10, 2022: Technical assistance session for applicants
- June 30, 2022: Deadline for receipt of applications
- August 2022: Notification of awards
- September 1, 2022: Funding period begins
- August 2022: New grantee meeting
- June 30, 2023: Funding period ends; last date for courses to conclude
- August 15, 2023: Final programmatic and financial reports due

All grant applicants must obtain a UEI and maintain a registration in the federal System for Award Management (SAM). Applicants must be registered in the SAM prior to submitting an application and maintain their SAM registration throughout the application and award process to comply with 2 CFR Part 25.

The professor or master teacher for each funded course must participate in a new grantee meeting with the SCDE (August 2022) 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.

Apply online:

Josie Stratton

South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE)
Office of Standards and Learning
1429 Senate Street, Suite 602-B
Columbia, SC 29201

Please contact Monique Curry at for a link to the technical assistance webinar recording.

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