Graduate Endorsement: Gifted Education

A Graduate Endorsement Pathway in Gifted Education is offered for prospective students who possess both a bachelor’s degree and a valid Virginia collegiate professional or a postgraduate professional license, and who wish to pursue the gifted education endorsement pathway only. The endorsement pathway requires a minimum of 12 credits of graduate course work. An internship is also required for endorsement. However, if a candidate can document—to the satisfaction of the faculty and his/her school division personnel office—a year of successful, full-time teaching of heterogeneously or homogeneously grouped gifted students under the mentorship of a gifted endorsed teacher, the three credits of internship may be waived. Competency in writing—grammar, usage, and mechanics—must also be demonstrated and documented. There must be assurance that all state-required competencies are met. Courses taken at other institutions and approved for the certificate must be officially transferred into the program. Application for the endorsement pathway is made to the Virginia Department of Education through the school division’s personnel office.

Admissions Requirements

1. Submit a completed application for admission;
2. Have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;
3. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;
4. Provide a résumé outlining work experience and education;
5. An essay detailing the applicant’s career plans upon completion of the gifted program;
6. Provide verification of the collegiate professional or postgraduate professional license.

Program Course  Sequence

Required Graduate Courses:

  • EDCI 540 Characteristics and Education of Gifted Students (3 credits)
  • EDCI 541 Identification of Gifted Students (3 credits)
  • EDCI 542 Models and Strategies for Teaching Gifted Students (3 credits)
  • EDCI 543 Differentiated Curriculum for the Gifted (3 credits)
  • EDCI 551 Internship for Added Teaching Endorsement (3 credits)*

*May be waived with appropriate experience

Documents, Deadlines & Policies

Graduate Admissions

Checksheet: Gifted Education

Program Policies: Graduate Program Catalog

Questions about the program, contact:

Dr. April Brecht
Director of Advising Center Services
Phone: (540) 286-8032
Email: abrecht@umw.edu

Dr. Jane Huffman
Program Director of Advanced, Non-Degree Programs, and Special Education
Phone: (540) 286-8117
Email: jhuffma2@umw.edu