School of Education - George Mason University

Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education

The Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education is for practicing teachers who wish to expand their knowledge for educating gifted students and/or who are currently licensed and seeking to pursue Virginia Department of Education Add-on Endorsement in Gifted Education.

Gifted children are those described by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) who perform, or have the ability to perform, at higher levels compared to individuals of the same age, experience, and environment in one or more domains. Students in the certificate program will learn the forms and manifestations of giftedness across student populations. Students will learn how gifted students develop socially and will be prepared to recognize and address needs related to gifted students' social and emotional well-being.

Graduates of the certificate program will be able to teach gifted students and be able to plan for and monitor instruction that challenges and supports gifted learners. The four-courses of the certificate focus on culturally diverse, multilingual, twice exceptional, and traditionally defined gifted students and programs. Graduates of the certificate program earn a George Mason University Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education, and all courses are approved to apply to the VA DOE Add-on Endorsement in Gifted Education.

Concentration Courses

Note:

  • EDCI 627 is available for enrollment by educators to fulfill the teaching requirements of the VA DOE Add-on Endorsement application. However, one year of successful full-time teaching in an accredited public or non-public school may be accepted in lieu of the EDCI 627 practicum (VA Licensure Regulations for School Personnel, 1998) when applying to VA DOE for the Add-on Endorsement in Gifted Education.
  • EDCI 621-624 are the four courses required for VA Gifted Education endorsement.
  • Students must earn a B- or higher in all coursework.

Total: 12 credits