Wilkes University

Gifted Letter of Endorsement

Gifted students doing work

Position yourself as an expert in gifted education. Enroll in our 12-credit fully online Gifted Letter of Endorsement program.

Advance your knowledge and expertise in working with gifted and talented students. Learn how to meet their academic, social and emotional needs while raising awareness on how to identify these students within your district. Upon successful completion, you can apply to have the Gifted Letter of Endorsement added to your existing teaching certificate by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Courses are developed to align with guidelines provided by the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Association for Gifted Children and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Credits can be applied to certain master's degree programs and towards Act 48 requirements.

Field experiences

Complete the program in as little as two semesters while learning online. 30 hours of field experiences are required. These experiences take place at a school near you – no travel to campus required.

Courses

Coursework and field experiences are grounded in cognitive, social and emotional development and are rooted in current gifted education research.

ED 569 Teaching Diverse Learners Using Inclusive Classroom Practices
EDSP 501 Special Education Methodology I (with 10 hours of field experiences)
EDSP 508 Foundations of Gifted Education (with 10 hours of field experiences) 
EDSP 509 Gifted Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction (with 10 hours of field experiences)

Keep track of program requirements with this convenient checklist

Admissions requirements

You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. In addition, please submit:

For more information:
Stephanie L. Wasmanski
Graduate Admissions
(800) WILKES-U Ext. 5535
(570) 408-5535
stephanie.wasmanski@wilkes.edu


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