Gifted Education

Gifted Education


These courses prepare you to earn the Virginia Gifted Education endorsement.

  • EDUC 555U Curriculum for Talented and Gifted Education – Offered Fall
  • EDUC 562U Special Populations of Gifted Students – Offered Spring 
  • EDUC 563U Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted Student – Offered Summer*
  • EDUC 570U Foundations of Gifted Education – Offered Summer*

* Summer classes are scheduled in early and late terms so both classes may be taken during the Summer.

We’re pleased to offer coursework related to gifted education for K-12 teachers. These classes meet the requirements for the Virginia Department of Education add-on teaching endorsement in Gifted Education. They also prepare you to successfully differentiate your curriculum and teach gifted students to their highest potential.

If you’re seeking the gifted education endorsement, you can complete the required coursework in a year. You may start in any semester, although a summer start is recommended to complete EDUC 570U as the first class.

Once you’ve completed these courses, follow VDOE guidance on submitting the application. Review the section that starts with “Licensure Changes.” Our program manager can assist you in preparing your application, but you’ll be responsible for collecting the required documentation and submitting the licensure paperwork to the appropriate VDOE office.

Available Classes

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  • EDUC 562U Special Populations of Gifted Students
    Course Offerings

    January 9, 2023 through April 29, 2023

    Matthew Edinger

    CRN: 21029 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. No scheduled class sessions. Educators seeking professional development only.


    This course provides a critical survey of the research, issues, policy, ethics, and practices related to culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient, twice exceptional, highly gifted, or very young gifted and talented students. Includes examination of topics such as personal attitudes about diversity, identification of students from special populations, differentiated instruction for students from special populations.