HAL Endorsement

Why earn your High Ability Learner (HAL) Endorsement?

Students gain the skills and confidence to teach all levels of the classroom and across the spectrum of abilities to promote the success and well-being of every learner.  Students earn 18 credit hours at the graduate level through this 12-month fully online program and are quickly prepared for leadership roles in HAL. Many districts require HAL-endorsed educators and support their growth. 

Why the Midland HAL Program?

Learn from State Leaders

Cohort Based Learning

Personalized Advising

Learn from State Leaders Cohort Based Learning Personalized Advising

Courses developed and taught by Gifted & Talented leaders within the state

Cohort based learning with small class sizes build lasting relationships

Our personalized advisors help students throughout the duration of the program

Program Outcomes

  • Understand and implement strategies and procedures to identify high ability learners
  • Be able to guide all high ability learners, including those with complex learning situations like dual-language, twice exceptional, at risk and underachieving
  • Design cognitively complex learning experiences for high ability learners
  • Support the professional development of other HAL educators in your school
  • 90 clinical hours with experiences in primary and secondary settings
Kristen Job -  NAG

Curriculum Overview

Throughout the 12-month, fully online program, students will complete five courses (18 credits) and 90 + practicum hours*. Classes begin five times throughout the year and students can choose to start courses in August, January, December, March or June of each year and will complete the following courses. 

Program of Study -18 credit hours

Course Number

Course Description

Credit Hours

HAL 500 Introduction to Educating High Ability Learners  4
HAL 510 Psychology of Giftedness  4
HAL 520 Programming for the High Ability Learners   3
HAL 530  Administration and Supervision of High Ability Learner Programs  3
HAL 599  Internship/Study Seminar  4*
* 90 hours of internship/practicum experiences may be completed with your district and will include both elementary and high school endorsements