Program Overview

Immaculata's Gifted Education Endorsement is designed to increase the level of knowledge, expertise and understanding of teachers working with students who are gifted. Through coursework and field experiences, you will gain the knowledge needed to support students’ growth in their areas of academic strength. All courses and field experiences will be grounded in theories of cognitive, social and emotional development and will demonstrate research-based practices.

This endorsement will raise your awareness of the unique characteristics, emotional/social needs, and other challenges and issues associated with gifted students. The program will increase your understanding of historical, state, and national trends, policies and guidelines to ensure implementation of appropriate academic curriculum, differentiation strategies, current best practices, educational interventions and support for this diverse population.

The endorsement will prepare you to provide individualized strategies, curriculum, and research-based practices for gifted students in order to achieve social and learning success in the school setting. You will learn to collaborate with all stakeholders, other teachers, families, and students, to increase academic achievement of gifted students by providing a continuum of support. You will become competent in:

  • Communicating essential information regarding the nature of giftedness
  • Effectively delivering gifted services to both faculty and families
  • Advocating for gifted students, academically and socially
  • Acting as a resource to your fellow educators
  • Using multiple forms of data to develop various gifted interventions and accommodations

Tuition and Costs

Courses in the endorsement program are $495 per credit for the 2015-16 academic year.  There are no additional fees required.


You will complete 12 credits of course work and 40 hours of field experience work embedded in the courses:

  • EDL 670 Foundations of Gifted Education
  • EDL 671 Identification and Assessment of Gifted Learners
  • EDL 672 Service Delivery Options for Gifted Learners
  • EDL 673 Curriculum Design and Strategies for Gifted Learners in the Classroom

You will also create a comprehensive portfolio from your field experiences that validates your ability to:

  • Use the Standards Aligned System for curriculum support and assessment development
  • Develop Gifted Individual Education Plans through multiple assessments
  • Develop tiered lessons that support different organizational options
  • Identify diverse characteristics and behaviors of gifted individuals
  • Develop learning opportunities that foster the development of self-awareness, positive peer relationships, intercultural experiences, self-efficacy, lifelong learning, self-advocacy and leadership

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to this stand-alone endorsement program, you must hold a Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II certificate, including but not limited to regular and special education, school psychologist, principal, guidance counselor, speech and language clinician, occupational and physical therapist, reading specialist, or home and school visitor.

If you would like to complete the endorsement as part of Immaculata's M.A. in Educational Leadership, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a Pennsylvania instructional I or II certificate in one or more of the following areas: elementary education, K-6; PreK-4, 4-8; or secondary level
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • GPA of 3.0

Please submit:

  1. A completed graduate application form, available online.
  2. Official copy of undergraduate or graduate transcript with degree granted.
  3. Two reference forms
  4. Copy of Level I or Level II Certification.

Mailed materials may be sent to:

Immaculata University Office of Graduate Admission
Lillian P. Lettiere Center #006
1145 King Road
Immaculata, PA 19345

Once the above items have been received by the Graduate Office, you will receive registration and payment information.

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1145 King Road, Immaculata, PA. 19345 p. 610-647-4400 or call toll-free: 1-877-42 TODAY
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Immaculata University | Copyright ©2015 All Rights Reserved