Gifted Education Add-On Endorsement

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College of Graduate & Professional Studies


Dr. Julie Mersiowsky
Gifted Add-On Endorsement Coordinator

Our Format

1 Year | 2 Semesters | 12 credits

  • 8-week courses
  • 2 courses offered each semester
  • Start any time in the course sequence


Discounted Tuition Rate

  • $280 per credit (in-state)
  • $355 per credit (out-of-state)

Admission Requirements

  • Official bachelor’s degree transcript from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Current, K-12 Professional License in General Education

What will you gain?

  • Knowledge of gifted learner traits and characteristics
  • Strategies for implementing gifted instruction in the regular classroom
  • Assessment strategies targeted for gifted students
  • Instructional differentiation for gifted students
  • Knowledge of social and emotional development of gifted learners
  • Advocacy and support for gifted students and their families

Gifted Education Add-On Endorsement Courses - 100% Online

Are you a licensed K-12 teacher in Virginia looking for a pathway into gifted education


Acquire the skills and expertise necessary to teach and support students with diverse learning needs through Longwood University’s online gifted add-on endorsement courses, at a discounted tuition rate.

Teachers holding an official bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate institutional (formerly regional) accreditation agency and a valid Virginia professional teaching license (or an equivalent from another state) are eligible to earn this endorsement through the Virginia Department of Education upon successful completion of the coursework. 

In addition to the coursework, the VDOE requirements state that in lieu of a practicum, one year successful full-time teaching experience with gifted students in a public or an accredited nonpublic school may be accepted, provided the teacher is assigned to a mentor holding a valid license with an endorsement in gifted education. 

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About the Endorsement

Completion of the Gifted Education Add-On Endorsement provides licensed teachers in Virginia the valuable VDOE endorsement credentials for their license and to build their resumes. The Gifted Education Add-On Endorsement courses through Longwood include the 3 courses required by VDOE standards as well as options for the elective requirement.


The courses are all fully online and asynchronous, allowing busy teachers the opportunity to work when their schedules allow.

Course Sequence


  • PEDU 561: Introduction to Giftedness* (3)
  • PEDU 563: Instructional Models and Strategies for Gifted and Talented Learners* (3)


  • PEDU 562: Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Learners* (3)
  • PEDU 567: Underrepresented Populations of Gifted Learners** (3)


  • PEDU 564: Assessment and Evaluation of Gifted Learners** (3)
  • PEDU 566: Differentiation of Instructional Models and Strategies** (3)


*VDOE requires 3 core courses* (9 credits) and 1 elective** (3 credits) for a total of 12 credits.


The courses are offered fully online, at our affordable, discounted rate of $280 per credit hour in-state, or $355 per credit hour out-of-state.

rates effective 2021
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