OUT-OF-FIELD TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:
If you have been identified as teaching out-of-field in Gifted, you are mandated to satisfy out-of-field training requirements through one of the following methods:
- completion of a minimum of 120 points in district in-service or six semester hours of college coursework in Gifted
- document 100 points through the Infield Status Rubric
One of the above methods must be completed prior to the end of April in the school year in which you were placed out-of-field. You must continue to complete out-of-field training each school year or until you have obtained certification in Gifted. Note that failure to comply will impact your future placement/assignments up to including non-renewal of your contract.
Your out-of-field record will remain open until you have added Gifted to your certificate. Parent notification will be required to be sent home to the parents of the affected students. Once you obtain the certificate reflecting the Gifted Endorsement, be sure to notify firstname.lastname@example.org so your out-of-field record can be closed. Note: no money is saved by waiting to add a certification area to your certificate when you submit your application for renewal and/or your initial professional certificate. You are urged to apply immediately for the addition once you have met and can document the subject area requirements.
NOTE: If you feel you completed college courses that are applicable toward your Gifted training requirement, please submit a Request for College Course Evaluation with a scanned copy of your transcripts reflecting the courses in question and a course description from the university for each of the courses in question. Please submit as an email attachment to: email@example.com with the subject line "Review of Courses for Gifted".
REQUIREMENTS TO ADD GIFTED:
Must complete 120 inservice points or six semester hours of college coursework toward obtaining the Gifted Endorsement prior to the end of April in the school year in which you were placed out-of-field. You must continue to complete the required 120 inservice points or six semester hours of out-of-field training each school year until you have added the Gifted Endorsement to your certificate.
There are five courses needed to obtain the Gifted Endorsement.
- Curriculum & Development for the Gifted
- Education of Special Populations
- Guidance & Counseling for the Gifted
- Nature & Needs of Students who are Gifted
- Theory & Development of Creativity
Broward Virtual University In-service Courses in Gifted:
SPRING 1 Semester
Registration Window - 12/2/2019 to 2/14/2020
Start Date - 1/27/2020
SPRING 2 Semester
Registration Window - 12/2/2019 to 2/14/2020
Start Date - 2/24/2020
Once you have completed all courses required to add the Gifted Endorsement (if completed via district in-service courses) you will need to submit an application to the Florida Department of Education and fee (paid through the district) for the addition. For complete steps on submitting the addition application and fee go to Talent Acquisition and Operations, Instructional (click on "Florida Certificate Additions").
If all five of the Gifted Endorsement courses were completed as college credit, you will need to submit an application, fee, and official transcripts (showing completion of the Gifted courses) to the Florida Department of Education.
If you elect to complete Gifted training requirements as district in-service, it is imperative that you register as soon as possible for the course(s) as courses fill up quickly. Register for courses through Learning Across Broward (LAB). NOTE: If the course you attempt to register for is full, please email BVU@browardschools.com to request to be placed on a waiting list.
INFIELD STATUS OPTION
Board Policy 4003.4 establishes the infield designation option for teachers out-of-field in bachelor-level subject areas (excludes Athletic Coaching, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Driver Education, ESOL, Orientation and Mobility, Prek Disabilities, Severe and Profound Disabilities, Reading, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, and Speech-Language Impaired).
Teachers may use the Gifted Infield Status Rubric to document experience and training in Gifted. A minimum of 100 points must be achieved with documented experience and a classroom observation rating of effective or higher required. Training (district in-service) in professional development for Gifted is mandatory.
Successful completion of the Nature and Needs of the Gifted Endorsement course (may be completed through district in-service).
Must also have successfully completed one additional Gifted Endorsement Course from the following list:
- Theory and Development of Creativity
- Curriculum Development for the Gifted
- Special Populations of the Gifted
- Guidance and Counseling of the Gifted
Must create and implement an interdisciplinary unit. Scoring a minimum of 80%. Rubric will be scored by a District Gifted Coordinator and observation of the implementation of the unit will be conducted by a District Gifted Coordinator.
Must create and implement a plan to increase the underrepresented populations of gifted students. Using the district’s current Plan B plan to increase Low SES and ESL populations in gifted, identify a plan at your school that would include the following:
- Identification of possible students to screen
- Screening process
- Professional development workshops offered to promote a better understanding of the characteristics of gifted students from underrepresented groups.
- Parental Involvement
Plan and implementation will be approved by a District Gifted Coordinator.
The Infield Status Rubric must be received by December 1st of the school year training is required in to allow time for review toward satisfaction of out-of-field requirements in the subject. You will receive a response regarding your submitted rubric by February 1st.
NOTE: Approval of an Infield Status Rubric in Gifted does not enable you to add the subject of Gifted to your certificate, however, it is sufficient for documentation of infield status in Gifted and for satisfaction of out-of-field requirements in Gifted. A Broward County Public Schools Infield Status Rubric is acceptable in Broward County only.
Submit attached to an Infield Status Rubric to Daryl Diamond, Director of Innovative Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org or Zuzel Rodriguez, Curriculum Supervisor of Innovative Learning at email@example.com