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Students pursuing this certificate will explore the forms and manifestations of giftedness across student populations, focusing on culturally diverse, multilingual, twice exceptional, and traditionally defined gifted students.

Mason’s Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) graduate certificate in gifted education provides advanced professional development for teachers of gifted students. It meets graduate standards set by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Graduates of the certificate program earn a George Mason University Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education, and all gifted courses are approved to apply to the VA DOE Add-on Endorsement in Gifted Education.

What Will Educators be Prepared to Do?

Our gifted education certificate prepares educators to:

  • Enact challenging, differentiated pedagogical practices
  • Address the social and emotional needs of gifted learners
  • Critique and compare gifted identification and assessment methods
  • Advocate for students who have traditionally been under-identified as gifted

Who Will Benefit from This Concentration?

This concentration is for teachers interested in gifted education who want to expand their knowledge and potentially pursue an add-on endorsement in gifted education.