MEd in Special and Gifted Ed. – Twice Exceptionalities Diversify Your Skills With Expertise In Exceptionality

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100% online,* 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Are you passionate about mentoring gifted students? Do you want to learn the niche aspects of working with children in special education programs? Maybe you’d like to teach students who are both gifted and disabled, or perhaps you’re looking to help students with special needs transition to postsecondary education and employment. You can gain the tools and credentials you need to work in all of these areas with Liberty’s online Master of Education (MEd) in Special and Gifted Education – Twice Exceptionalities degree.

This program includes add-on endorsements in Career and Technical Education (CTE)-Transition and Special Needs, Gifted Education, and Special Education General Curriculum – so you can boost your résumé and diversify your skill set. These endorsements are available to candidates with a current initial license in elementary, middle, or secondary education issued by the Virginia Board of Education.** Rolling these endorsements into the same degree is just one way we help you save time and money while providing the specialized training you need for your career.

If you are a licensed teacher looking to expand your expertise, our gifted and special education master’s is a great option. Our experienced faculty can help you learn how to serve students who are disabled, gifted, or twice exceptional (gifted with a disability) – so you can make a greater impact in your classroom. Earn your online master’s in special education and gifted education – twice exceptionalities today and learn how to mentor students at a variety of grade levels.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

**The Special Education General Curriculum add-on endorsement only applies to the grade band of the initial license (e.g., elementary education). The Gifted Education and CTE add-on endorsements apply to K-12.

Liberty maintains strict compliance with all licensure requirements for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Not a Virginia resident? We want to help find the best program for you! To view educational requirements and whether a specific program aligns with the licensure requirements for your state, please review our licensure/certification requirements webpage.

This program includes the steps necessary to pursue add-on endorsement, which requires initial Virginia licensure in teaching. If the initial teaching license is not from Virginia, a Virginia initial teaching license must be obtained during the program. If you do not have a teaching license yet, please see the Master of Arts in Teaching program.


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Liberty has been a pioneer in distance education since 1985 – and we’ve drawn on our years of experience to create a master’s in gifted and special education degree online that blends affordability, accessibility, and high-quality academics. At Liberty, you won’t just earn a degree – you’ll gain the knowledge, values, and skills you need to impact the world.

Our Master of Education in special education and gifted education is designed to fit your busy schedule. With our online courses, you’ll have the freedom to earn your degree on a schedule that works for you. At Liberty, you can stay invested in your job, family, and community while taking the next step in your educational journey.

As you pursue this special and gifted education graduate program, you won’t just learn from a textbook – you’ll have the opportunity to apply your skills in a real-world setting by completing practicums. That way, you can gain valuable experience that could help you stand out to hiring managers.

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Additionally, our special and gifted education master’s degree online is led by faculty with years of experience in the world of education – so you can be confident that you’re learning from industry experts.

Liberty’s gifted and special education master’s program online was created to help licensed teachers work with K-12 students who are disabled, gifted, or twice exceptional. We’ve designed this degree to meet the competencies for 3 add-on endorsements, so you can get all the credentials you need in 1 program! Not only can these endorsements help you stand out to hiring managers – they can also help you better serve the students in your school.


This special and gifted education master’s program is divided into 3 parts: core courses, the twice exceptionalities specialization, and field experience courses. Together, these 3 areas can help provide the tools you need to make a difference in the lives of your students.

Within the core courses, you’ll study foundations in early literacy instruction, methods for teaching mathematics, and gifted education program design. You can also learn how to create inclusive classrooms and ensure that students with exceptionalities have access to the same general education curriculum. Additionally, you’ll explore best practices in supporting the social, emotional, and academic needs of gifted students and learn how to teach them effectively.

Building on your core studies, the twice exceptionalities concentration is designed to help you work with gifted students who are also disabled. You’ll learn about the importance of recognizing students’ unidentified strengths and underlying disabilities – as well as how general educators, special educators, and gifted educators can work together to help meet these students’ unique needs.

Other topics of study include:

  • Best practices for helping students with disabilities step into the workforce, postsecondary education, and independent living
  • Characteristics of children with disabilities
  • Disability law and legal foundations
  • Identification and education of the gifted learner

To round out your gifted and special education master’s degree, you will complete practicum courses designed to help you put your skills to the test through hands-on experience.

Degree Completion Plan (PDF)


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