Program Description

The Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) program incorporates National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) guidelines to help teachers think and practice as leaders and board-certified educators. Designed for teachers with one or more years of teaching or education-related experience, this program prepares professionals interested in working with gifted children. Currently licensed teachers may complete this certificate to fulfill requirements for add-on endorsement. This program may only be pursued on a part-time basis.

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

For application information and deadlines, see the Admissions site.

Want to learn more?

Check out the Gifted Child Education (Graduate Certificate) program on the College of Education and Human Development website. For questions, contact the Graduate School of Education at (703) 993-2794 or

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Program Summary

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Program: Gifted Child Education

Degree: Graduate Certificate

College/School: College of Education and Human Development

Credits: 21 total