Diverse Student Populations

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree for Professional Development or Added Endorsement is offered for practicing teachers who already possess initial licensure and is designed to provide opportunities for continuing professional development, master’s level licensure for teachers and other school personnel, or endorsements in teaching or administration. Students in these programs must possess a collegiate professional or postgraduate professional Virginia license.

This concentration is designed to enhance the skills of the classroom practitioner in meeting the needs of diverse student populations. Individuals can elect to pursue the gifted education endorsement.

Admission Requirements
1. Three years of experience as a licensed teacher;
2. Submit a completed application for admission;
3. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;
4. Have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;
5. Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work and 3.0 or higher on graduate course work;
6. Provide a résumé outlining work experience and education;
7. Provide verification of the collegiate professional or postgraduate professional license;
8. Submit two essays.

An interview, initiated by the Admissions Committee, may be required as part of the admission process.

Program Course Sequence

Required Graduate Courses:

  • EDCI 540 Characteristics and Education of Gifted Students (3 credits)
  • EDCI 546 Evaluation for Instructional Improvement (3 credits)
  • EDCI 580 Introduction to Research (3 credits)
  • EDCI 590 Individual Research (3 credits)
  • EDSE 531 Survey of Special Education: Characteristics and Legal Issues (3 credits)
  • INDT 501 Instructional Technologies (3 credits)
  • TESL 514 Cross-Cultural Education (3 credits)

Courses may be selected from other programs—ESL, gifted education, special education (including courses in teaching students with autism), literacy, and instructional technology courses—with approval of the advisor.

Gifted Education Endorsement

To fulfill the gifted endorsement requirements, the following courses are required:

  • EDCI 541 Identification and Assessment 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.

Technology Concentration

Students completing this concentration will better understand and be  able to implement appropriate technologies as both a product (e.g. Web-based course or specific learning aid(s) within a course) and a process (e.g. formative and summative assessments) in order to meet the needs of diverse student populations existing in our schools today. This concentration is designed for teachers, learning specialists, and administrators at all grade levels (K-12).

To fulfill the technology concentration, the following courses (9 credits) are required:

  • INDT 510 Foundations and Theories of Instructional Design and Technology (3 credits)
  • INDT 530 Instructional Design and Technology (3 credits)
  • INDT 545 Organizational Leadership in Educational Technology (3 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • INDT 533 Visual Literacy and Design (3 credits)
  • INDT 531 Emerging and Assistive Technologies (3 credits)
  • EDLS 547 Literacy and Diverse Student Populations (3 credits)

Documents, Deadlines & Policies

Graduate Admissions

Checksheet: Diverse Student Populations

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