Gifted Education Endorsement

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CertificateGifted Education Endorsement - Credits: 12 minimum (program code: 0919)

Program Description

This 12-credit PDE-approved endorsement program is designed to prepare certified instructors in the content, pedagogy and dispositions necessary for teaching gifted learners. This endorsement program documents knowledge in a new and emerging area where formal teaching certification does not exist. The endorsement is intended to improve a teacher's skills in dealing with complex classroom settings. It is added to existing Level I or Level II certificates but is not required to perform service in these areas. 

Students in the gifted endorsement program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. The adviser works with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it related to their endorsement program studies. 

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)


Pennsylvania Act 24, 34, 114, 131 and 151 clearances (or appropriate clearances for non-Pennsylvania residents) are required for field-based course registration but not admission. Applicants may be admitted to the program but will not be able to register for field-based courses until all of the up-to-date clearances are submitted.

Curriculum - Certificate: Gifted Education Endorsement

Course Credits
EDU 701  Foundations of Gifted Education 3
EDU 702  Instructional Design and Strategies for Gifted Education 3
EDU 703  Assessment and Identification of Gifted Students 3
EDU 705  Program Models for Gifted Education: Service Delivery Options 3
Total 12

Program Website 

For Additional Information

Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Diane Nettles, Ph.D., M.Ed., B.S. (University of South Florida),  Professor

Phone: 724-938-4135

Program Faculty

Holly Diehl, Ed.D. (West Virginia University), M.Ed. (Frostburg State University), B.S. (West Virginia University), Professor and Coordinator of Professional Development Schools Program

Diane Fine, Ed.D., M.A. (West Virginia University), M.Ed. (California Univeristy of Pennsylvania), B.A. (West Virginia Wesleyan College), Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Reading Specialist Program

Marcia Hoover, Ed.D. (West Virginia University), M.Ed., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Professor

Rebecca Maddas, Ed.D. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), M.Ed., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Assistant Professor

Connie Monroe, Ph.D. (University of Dayton), M.A. (Regis University), Teaching Certification (University of Texas at San Antonio), Diplome Superieur d'Etudes Francaises  (Universite de Strasbourg), B.A. (Case Western Reserve University), Professor

Michelle Torregano, Ph.D. (Penn State University), M.A. (Xavier University of Louisiana), B.A. (Xavier University of Louisiana), Associate Professor

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