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The Gifted Education Add-On Endorsement will help you to acquire the skills and expertise necessary to teach and support students with diverse learning needs. The courses are fully-online at an affordable, discounted tuition rate.

The gifted endorsement coursework is for licensed K-12 teachers in Virginia looking for a pathway into gifted education or to enhance their skills to work with gifted students in the regular classroom. With only 12 credits needed for the endorsement, and 2 courses offered each semester, this is perfect for teachers who want to continue to work full-time while completing the endorsement.

Why an Endorsement?

Completion of the Gifted Education Add-On Endorsement provides licensed teachers in Virginia the valuable VDOE endorsement credentials for their license and to build their resumes. The Gifted Education Add-On Endorsement courses through Longwood include the 3 courses required by VDOE standards as well as options for the elective requirement.

In addition to the coursework, the VDOE requirements state that in lieu of a practicum, one-year successful full-time teaching experience with gifted students in a public or an accredited nonpublic school may be accepted, provided the teacher is assigned to a mentor holding a valid license with an endorsement in gifted education.


•12 credits
•Three semesters
•Under $3,500 total tuition (in-state), excluding textbooks

The endorsement courses will help you gain:

Knowledge of gifted learner traits and characteristics
Strategies for implementing gifted instruction in the regular classroom
Assessment strategies targeted for gifted students
Instructional differentiation for gifted students
Knowledge of social and emotional development of gifted learners
Advocacy and support for gifted students and their families




Course Sequence-12 Credits


  • PEDU 561: Introduction and Identification of Giftedness* (3)
  • PEDU 563: Instructional Models and Strategies for Gifted and Talented Learners* (3)


  • PEDU 562 Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Learners* (3)
  • PEDU 567 Underrepresented Populations of Gifted Learners** (3)


  • PEDU 564: Assessment and Evaluation of Gifted Learners** (3)
  • PEDU 566: Differentiation of Instructional Models and Strategies** (3)

*VDOE requires 3 core courses* (9 credits) and 1 elective** (3 credits) for a total of 12 credits.


This endorsement is being offered at our professional studies rate of $285 per credit hour (in-state) or $355 per credit hour (out-of-state).

Convenient payment options are available, including the Graduate Payment Plan available in fall and spring.

$3,420 - Estimated in-state cost
$285 per credit hour

$4,260 - Estimated out-of-state cost
$355 per credit hour



Admission Requirements

  • Official bachelor’s degree transcript from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Current, Virginia K-12 Professional License in General Education

Endorsement Flyer

View, download, and print the Gifted Endorsement flyer (pdf) flyer.