Gifted Education Online Course Series leading to Endorsement

The online Gifted Education course series, which can lead to endorsement, focuses on preparing teachers and administrators to address the characteristics and needs of gifted children.

Topics in this course series include an overview of issues in the definition of giftedness, identification, curriculum, instructional strategies, program options, special populations and evaluation.

The key objectives for the Online Gifted Education course series at the UVA School of Education and Human Development are to:

  • Develop educators’ understanding of the field of gifted education;
  • Prepare teachers and administrators to make research-based decisions in developing programs and curriculum for gifted students;
  • Prepare teachers and administrators to teach gifted students;
  • Increase educator appreciation of the wide range of giftedness and the issues in identifying and serving gifted students from diverse populations; and
  • Strengthen and enhance leadership capacity in the field of gifted education.

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) sets the requirements for licensure in Gifted Education. These consist of 12 required course credits plus the additional requirements, below. VDOE policy regarding the Gifted & Talented endorsement requirements. Please note that a mentor holding a valid license with an endorsement in Gifted Education must be assigned to the student.

Send your documentation, as a package, to:

Virginia Department of Education
Division of Teacher Education and Licensure
PO Box 2120
Richmond, VA

Requirements for Endorsement Candidates:

  1. 12 required course credits
  2. Cover letter to VDOE requesting endorsement
  3. Fee to VDOE
  4. Official U.Va. transcripts (directions)
  5. 45 instructional hour teaching practicum with gifted learners + letter on division or school letterhead from a supervisor or administrator who is endorsed in gifted education, documenting this practicum, OR One year of successful full-time teaching + form(Report on Experience Form in the VDOE Teaching Licensure application) filled out by the appropriate school official  noting successful completion.

If you have a UVA-supervised internship, please contact Tracy Missett at for details as to how to complete your application package to the VDOE.

Program Details

  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    Students interested in taking courses in this series must fill out a Non-degree Student form; no application is needed. The form must be submitted at least one week prior to the start date of the course in which you would like to enroll.

  • Application Due Date

    Students should fill out the Non-Degree Student form at least a week before the start of the desired term. Early submission is recommended to secure spots in desired classes.

  • Degree Requirements

    Students may take courses at their leisure. Once they have completed the requirements set forth by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), they may apply to the VDOE for the add-on endorsement. 

  • Funding Opportunities

    Discounted tuition is available for K-12 educators.

    Tuition and Fees information.

  • Typical Length of Study

    Semester of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Full or Part Time: Part-time

  • Course Overview

    Courses in the endorsement series are fully online, and are typically offered each fall, spring, and summer.

    Course requirements under new VDOE endorsement regulations (students applying for the endorsement after August 2019):

    • EDIS 7220: Intro to the Gifted* (Take as first course)
    • EDIS 5770: Social, Emotional, and Counseling Issues in Talent Development
    • EDIS 7250: Models and Strategies for Teaching the Gifted
    • EDIS 7230: Curriculum for the Gifted and Talented

    Practicum: 45 instructional hours or one year of full-time teaching supervised by a teacher who holds a current VDOE gifted endorsement. Note that UVA does not supervise the practicum for working teachers. Instead, working teachers typically work with their school to identify a supervisor and submit the documentation to VDOE verifying a year of supervised full-time teaching.

    Ready to add the VDOE endorsement to your teaching license? Review next steps here.

  • Steps to Add the VDOE Endorsement

    Ready to add the VDOE endorsement to your teaching license? Review next steps here.

  • Sample Jobs After Graduation

    Teacher of gifted students, coordinator of gifted education programs

  • Public Professional Licensure Disclosures

    As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).

    Upon completion of the Gifted Education Endorsement program at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state. Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

    Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at