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.

Gifted learners, like all students, need learning experiences that are organized by key concepts and principles rather than by facts. They need content relevant to their lives, activities requiring them to process important ideas at a high level, and products that cause them to grapple with meaningful problems and pose defensible solutions.

Non-degree Course Series for VA Gifted Endorsement

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 used to apply for a Virginia Department of Education Endorsement in Gifted Education.
  • Courses are 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 at the time of application.
  • 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 the four-course series (12 credits) as degree-seeking to earn a Mason Graduate Certificate.

  • Courses are offered 100% online.
  • Courses may be used to apply for a Virginia Department of Education Endorsement in Gifted 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 Education Certificate.

Master’s Program

The third option is an eleven-course program (30 credits) that culminates in an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning: Gifted Education.

  • Four of these courses may be used to apply for a Virginia Department of Education Endorsement in Gifted Education.
  • Can be taken 100% online or blended (a combination of face-to-face and online courses).
  • The M.Ed. requires submission of a graduate student application to the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning: Gifted 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.