School of Education - George Mason University

Practicing educators interested in working with gifted students have several curriculum options to pursue an advanced study of gifted learners.

Education Endorsement in Gifted Education

The first option is a four-course standalone series (12 credits) that is 100% online and leads to a Virginia Department of Education Endorsement in Gifted Education.

  • Courses are offered 100% online.
  • Courses may be taken as non-degree for educators who do not wish to seek further certification or degree. Educators may apply the credits (within six years) to the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. Program advisor consultation required.
  • Special cohort contract rates are available to school districts interested in offering this series to their educators.

Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education

The second option offers a seven-course series (21 credits) that is 100% online and culminates in a Mason issued Certificate in Gifted Child Education.

  • Courses are offered 100% online.
  • Four of these courses may be used to apply for a Virginia Department of Education Endorsement in Gifted Child Education.
  • Application of these courses to a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at a later date is not guaranteed. If considering a Master’s degree, we recommend applying to the M.Ed. program instead of the certificate.
  • The certificate requires submission of a graduate student application to the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning: Gifted Child Education Certificate.

Master’s Program

The third option is a twelve-course program (33 credits) that culminates in M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning: Gifted Child Education.

  • Four of these courses may be used to apply for a Virginia Department of Education Endorsement in Gifted Child Education.
  • Courses are offered 100% online or blended.
  • The M.Ed. requires submission of a graduate student application to the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning: Gifted Child Education M.Ed. Program.

How to apply

Students interested in enrolling in any of the above options should visit: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/apply-now.

  • If you are interested in either the Graduate Certificate or M.Ed., you should select Degree Seeking in the Graduate Application.
  • If you are ONLY interested in the four-course sequence, you should select Non-Degree Seeking in the Graduate Application.