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Gifted Education, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) Online
This online graduate program prepares professional educators to work with gifted children and adolescents in elementary and/or secondary school programs. This online graduate program prepares special education teachers to engage in current research-based practices related to acceleration and enrichment programs for these high achieving students.   


The WVU Gifted Education Program offers the following options:

  • Masters Degree in Special Education with Certification in Gifted Education Grades 1-12
  • Masters Degree Only in Special Education with area of concentration in Gifted Education
The master’s degree with certification program leads to eligibility for additional endorsement in Gifted Education in West Virginia, which includes students with gifts and talents grades 1-12 (or the equivalent in other states). This program requires prior certification for certification in West Virginia in one of the following areas: early childhood or elementary education; or secondary education on the following content areas: biology, chemistry, English, general science, mathematics, physics, reading education or specialist, and/or social studies. Individuals seeking certification or endorsement in other states or in international areas should consult with local and state agencies about certification requirements that apply specifically to them and confirmation that the WVU program will satisfy those requirements. This program qualifies as an alternative certification program in West Virginia.


WVU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, while the program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and meets professional standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Legal/Educational Foundations: Special Education
  • Academic Interventions for Special Needs
  • Classroom/Behavior Management for Special Needs
  • Technology Applications for Special Needs
  • Collaborative-Consultative Inclusion Strategies
  • Introduction to Gifted Education
  • Teaching Strategies: Gifted Education
  • Support for Special Populations in Gifted Education
  • Critical Thinking/Creativity in Gifted Education
  • Characteristics/Educational Adaptations: Developmental Disabilities
  • Early Learning Curriculum: Early Intervention
  • Intro Low Vision/Blindness
  • Learning Characteristics:Autism
  • Educational Interventions: Autism
  • Differentiating Instruction for English Language Learners with Disabilities
  • Mathematics for Special Needs
  • Reading for Special Needs
  • Elementary Content Methods
  • Gifted and High Ability Learners in Inclusive Classrooms
  • Research to Practice
  • Culminating Practicum: Gifted Education
  • Culminating Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Attendance
      No Attendance

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

For admission consideration as a degree-seeking graduate student at WVU, the applicant must:
  • have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and complete an Intensive English Program (IEP) application 
  • meet the criteria established by the degree program to which you apply   be accepted by the academic department  

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23238 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23238 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    9000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
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