School of Education - George Mason University

Curriculum and Instruction, MEd Concentration in ASTL: Gifted Education

The Masters of Education program in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL): Gifted Education offers advanced professional development for teachers of gifted students. The Gifted Education concentration 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.

The ASTL M.Ed. program is for educators with one or more years of teaching or education-related experience who want to continue to grow professionally. Coursework is field-based, and students are encouraged to consider their classrooms as learning laboratories as they inquire into their practices.

The courses, aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, help teachers think and practice as board-certified teachers. The program develops teacher leaders who practice critical reflection through inquiry and utilize deep knowledge of pedagogy and content.

Core Courses (12 credits)

Concentration Courses (12 credits)

Elective Courses

*Select 6 credits of electives from the following:


  • EDCI 627 is available for students to take 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: 30 credits