Graduate Endorsement and Certificate Programs


  • Graduate Endorsement Pathway in Gifted Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching Students with Autism

See program details in the Academic Catalog>

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Admission Information

Recommended Filing Dates

Recommended filing dates are designed to give newly admitted students an optimal opportunity for class registration. We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after these dates.

Fall Admission April 15
Spring Admission September 15
Summer Admission February 15

Educational Leadership application due date is June 1.


Admission Requirements apply_online_button

  1. The Application for Admission and a non-refundable $50 application fee; APPLY ONLINE AND YOUR $50 APPLICATION FEE WILL BE WAIVED!
  2. An official transcript from every college or university you’ve attended even if the courses were transferred to another institution
  3. Competitive applicants will have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work, and a 3.0 cumulative GPA on graduate course work
  4. A résumé outlining experiences and education. In addition to your paid work experience, please include all volunteer experience related to education – for example, coaching, teaching religious education, working with Scouts, volunteering in a school, etc. Candidates who have completed a bachelor’s degree in the past 12 months and do not have three years of work experience must complete the program.
  5. An interview may be required
  6. A copy of your current Virginia Collegiate Professional or Graduate Professional License for add-on endorsement applicants
  7. Submit two essays (2-3 typed, double-spaced pages each):
    • What do you hope to gain from the program? What contributions do you feel you can make to the program as a participant?
    • Discuss a current issue in education, why you think it is important, and your stance on it.
  8. For International Students: Please submit the Request for Form I-20 (for F-1 visa candidates), International Transcript Evaluation, and demonstration of English Language Proficiency.

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