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Gifted Education: Professional Learning

The online Gifted Education course series focuses on preparing teachers and administrators to address the characteristics and needs of gifted children. Online courses, a 12-credit certificate, and the opportunity to pursue Gifted Education endorsement.

At a Glance

Program Results

Professional Learning

  • Professional Development
  • Certificate - Teaching Gifted Learners in PreK-12 Education
  • Add-on Endorsement - Gifted Education

Career Objective

Teacher of gifted students, coordinator of gifted education programs, administrative positions

Program Type

  • Part Time


  • Online

Estimated Length

1-4 semesters

Application Deadline

Spring entry: November 1

Summer entry:

  • February 1 (priority deadline)
  • May 1 (final deadline)

Fall entry:

  • March 1 (priority deadline)
  • July 1 (final deadline)

About This Program

The Gifted Education course series provides practicing and aspiring teachers with the skills and knowledge to identify and meet the needs of highly able students from diverse backgrounds. 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.

This flexible course series offers a range of opportunities, including:

  • Professional Development: Educators may opt to take one or more courses, without completing the series, to learn more about working with Gifted Learners or earn master's level credits. Students interested in obtaining a graduate degree can take these courses and apply up to 6 credits towards a Gifted area of emphasis in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (provided the student has earned at least a B- grade)
  • Certificate: Educators, administrators, and students holding an undergraduate degree from a regional accredited institution (or international equivalent) may complete the 12-credit course series to receive the Gifted Learners in PreK-12 Education Certificate. Students may transfer a maximum of 3 graduate credits from another college or university towards the Certificate. For details about what credits may be transferred, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences transfer credit page.

Requirements for Add-On Endorsement Candidates

To learn more about the VDOE requirements for licensure in Gifted Education, you may review the Administrative Code here.

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.

Gifted Education Professional Learning Opportunities


This certificate prepares teachers and administrators to lead the development, implementation, and supervision of gifted education curriculum and programming that equitably serves talented learners. Candidates will build specialized knowledge, from shaping instructional strategies to creating research-based program options, that encourages gifted learners to reach their full potential.

The Gifted Education Certificate is a stand-alone, graduate certificate designed for teachers of students in grades 1-12. Our intimate class sizes provide for collaborative thought exchange and meaningful discussions, and are taught by top-tier University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development faculty. 

Important Notice: This certificate program does not satisfy initial teaching licensure requirements. If you are seeking an initial teaching license, visit our Become a Teacher page.

ALL application materials, transcripts, and recommendations must be received by the deadlines below in order for an application to be considered complete. You may begin, or return to, your application here.

Courses must be completed within five years of being admitted to the program.

Professional Learning Admission

Application for admission is made to the School of Education and Human Development Office of Admission & Enrollment. For more information about the professional learning admission process, please visit our Professional Learning Admission page.

Professional Development

The Gifted online course series is designed to equip licensed teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the distinct learning needs of talented learners. This course series will provide teachers with research-based strategies to support these students across grade levels and content areas. Courses can be used for professional development, recertification points, or an add-on endorsement. 

Students can transfer one course from this course series into the Teaching Gifted Learners in PreK-12 Certificate. 

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.

Program Details

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.

For Students Seeking the Graduate Certificate

Prerequisiteundergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution (or international equivalent) with an overall GPA of at least 3.00

Any student who wishes to apply for the Gifted Learners in PreK-12 Education certificate must submit an online application, two letters of recommendation, a statement of professional goals (1-2 pages), resume, and transcripts from prior post-secondary degree(s). Applicants may submit unofficial transcripts with their application; however, official transcripts are required prior to matriculation. The GRE is not required for admission.

It is possible to apply up to three (3) graduate credits toward a certificate, with advisor approval and provided the coursework is no older than five years at completion of the course of study. All other University of Virginia course work must be earned after admission to the certificate program. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for admission to, and completion of, the Gifted Learners certificate and for contacting their advisor for planning.

Course requirements for both the Gifted Learners certificate and the VDOE endorsement are as follows:

Courses (4 courses/12 credits): 


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

In addition, students pursuing the Gifted Learners endorsement must fulfill a practicum requirement:

  • 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.

Contact Us


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 http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=55&poid=7412.

As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), 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)). Although California does not participate in SARA, it allows students to enroll in out-of-state programs.

Upon completion of the Teaching Gifted Learners in Prek-12 Education Certificate 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).