Graduate School of Education - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Virginia Department of Education Add-on Endorsement in Gifted Education

This four-course standalone series (12 credits) is 100% online and leads to a Virginia Department of Education Add-on Endorsement in Gifted Education.

  • Courses may be taken as non-degree for educators who do not wish to seek further certification or degree. Educators may apply the credits (within six years) to the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. Program advisor consultation required.
  • Courses are 100% online, asynchronous.
  • Special cohort contract rates are available to school districts interested in offering this series to educators.

Program Benefits

This standalone series of courses is designed for teachers who:

  • Have a strong understanding of giftedness in its many forms and manifestations across student populations;
  • Are able to articulate how gifted learners develop in their social and emotional wellbeing and are prepared to recognize and address related needs;
  • Are well-versed in differentiated curriculum design and assessment;
  • Can plan for and monitor instruction that challenges and supports gifted learners;
  • Are prepared to be leaders in gifted program development.

Licensed Virginia educators can apply for the Virginia Add-on Endorsement in Gifted Education by completing 12 credit hours of coursework as follows:

Each course is taught by experts in gifted education. Each course is fully online and offered on rotating schedules of fall, spring, and summer.

How to obtain Virginia Endorsement in Gifted Education

The Virginia Department of Education determines the requirements for licensure in Gifted Education. These four courses have been approved for application to the state endorsement. Consult with your school district regarding additional state endorsement requirements and to aid you in completing your state endorsement application.

How to apply

Students interested in enrolling in any/all of the courses above should submit an application to If you are only interested in the four-course sequence, you should apply for Graduate Non-Degree Studies.