Gifted Education Courses

We’re pleased to offer coursework related to gifted education for K-12 teachers. These classes meet the requirements for the Virginia DOE 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. The required coursework is available in the following sequence:

  • Summer (offered in two separate parts of term)
    • EDUC 563U Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted Student
    • EDUC 570U Foundations of Gifted Education
  • Fall: EDUC 555U Curriculum for Talented and Gifted Education
  • Spring: EDUC 562U Special Populations of Gifted Students

Once you’ve completed these courses, follow VA DOE 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 VA DOE office.

Available Classes

  • EDUC 563U Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted Student
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)

    Matthew Edinger

    CRN: 30126 (section: PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. No live remote sessions. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    This course examines the social, emotional, and psychological aspects of gifted children, adolescents, and adults. The course reviews current literature on affective growth and potential adjustment issues such as self-concept, self-acceptance and understanding, peer relations, and perfectionism. Family relations and potential sources of problems such as underachievement and career and college planning are also included. Classroom adjustments to facilitate development will also be reviewed.

  • EDUC 570U Foundations of Gifted Education
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
    Monday, June 21, 2021: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Thursday, June 24, 2021: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Monday, June 28, 2021: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Monday, July 5, 2021: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Thursday, July 22, 2021: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Joseph Douglas

    CRN: 30127 (section: PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Live remote sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    This course provides information on the history of exceptional students in relation to education, current law, and accepted methods for referral, assessment, and identification. It covers major program models and methods of differentiating instruction to meet the rate and level of learning of those students identified. The course gives the learner an understanding of ways to meet the affective needs of the gifted and talented student in the regular classroom and lists resources for teachers and parents who would like more information about the talented and gifted.