Gifted Education (MEd)

Keep the brightest students shining. 

You’ve seen the look in a gifted student’s eyes when they’re about to check out, making the decision to coast rather than excel. Teaching gifted students takes a unique approach, and

MBU’s MEd in gifted education will help you keep exceptional students engaged and connected, putting their talent and passion to work for their benefit and the benefit of their classmates.

Time to finish
18 months
Master of Education

Why Study Gifted Education at Mary Baldwin?

With the added skills you’ll learn in our gifted education program, you can help students truly embrace their talents. MBU’s integrated approach to exceptionality prepares you to engage gifted students with creative and academic challenges in the classroom and provide them with social and emotional guidance.

Whether you’re looking to add to your teaching skill set to better serve your existing students, to add a new endorsement along with your MEd, or to access more marketability and pay potential, MBU’s gifted education program lets you work on your time and your terms. Online classes mean maximum flexibility without sacrificing one-on-one attention from MBU education faculty. And with the potential to complete your practicum requirements in your current classroom with your current students, you can achieve your degree in just 18 months.

Teaching is rewarding when you see the progress students have made once you have set the bar high for them.

Kendra Thompson ’10PBTL ’11

Student-Centered Teaching

Our student-centered teaching philosophy and collaborative, experiential, and reflective techniques focus on inquiry-based practices, setting you on the best path to success. You’ll graduate with a firm grasp of the skills needed to reach every gifted child in your classroom.

Curriculum and Courses

Our program is for currently licensed teachers who wish to add a gifted education endorsement (K-12) to an existing license. Through our 12-hour curriculum, students will learn:

  • Foundations and identification of giftedness
  • Social and emotional development and guidance for gifted learners
  • Curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices

Sample Courses 

  • Contemporary Learning Theory for Diverse Learners
  • Leadership in Education
  • Methods of Professional Inquiry
  • Thoughtful Assessment
  • Gifted Education Field Experience
  • An Integrated Approach to Exceptionality
  • Advanced Studies of Gifted Learners
  • An Inquiry Approach to Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction
  • Technologies to Advance Learning
  • Inquiry Research Project

View all course requirements.


MBU has a long-standing reputation as an exceptional teacher education institution. 100% of our education graduates find placement in their concentration fields. With the MEd in gifted education, you’ll have a highly marketable degree, sought after in numerous public and private schools across the country. The gifted education degree expands your teaching skill set and opens new career pathways. 

Cost & Financial Aid

A great education is worth it. Our mission is to help you level up and bring your aspirations to life.

The gifted education program at MBU offers a 14% tuition discount for teachers currently employed by the state of Virginia, plus zero application fee. You can complete your degree in 18 months, with the possibility of satisfying practicum requirements in your own classroom.

It’s time to level up your career. Apply today!