Program Description

The Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) program, aligned with National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), develops teacher-leaders who practice reflection through action-research, problem-based learning, self-inquiry, and teacher expertise. This master’s program is designed for teachers with one or more years of teaching or education-related experience who want to continue growing professionally. Coursework in gifted child education provides a focus on culturally diverse, multilingual, twice exceptional, and traditionally defined gifted students and programs.

What it costs

The cost for this program is $687.00 per credit hour for VA state residents or $887.00 per credit hour for Non-VA residents. See the Cost tab below for a breakdown of tuition and fees. All of Mason’s tuition rates and fees can be found on our Student Accounts site.

Please Note: In addition to the tuition and fees described above, various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled. Please refer to the Students Accounts Office site for more information on tuition and fees.

VA state residents who are eligible can apply for the 15% PreK-12 VA Educators Discount.

Application Deadline

This program has an application deadline of April 1 for Fall and November 1 for Spring. For all application information and deadlines, see the CEHD Admissions site. 

Want to learn more?

Check out the Curriculum and Instruction, ASTL: Gifted Child Education Concentration (MEd) program on the College of Education and Human Development website.

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Program Summary

80 Percent Online

Program: Curriculum and Instruction

Concentration: ASTL: Gifted Child Education

Degree: MEd

College/School: College of Education and Human Development

Credits: 33 total

Requires intensive summer session on campus