Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG), Graduate Certificate

Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG), Graduate Certificate
12 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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Program Tabs


The Graduate Certificate in AIG provides a consistent, cohesive structure for teachers seeking to add on the North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) AIG Professional Educator’s License.

Who would benefit from this program?

  • Those who have taken the Praxis or earned North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction AIG Add-On Licensure who are seeking practical knowledge and skills to work with gifted students.
  • Currently licensed K-12 teachers seeking the North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction AIG Add-On Licensure.

What can I expect to learn in this program?

  • Certificate courses focus on training teachers specifically to understand and respond to the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted students. The 4-course sequence is designed to be very practical for teachers who are seeking to learn about or deepen their understanding of the nature and needs of gifted students and how to effectively design appropriately challenging curricula.
  • The content and goals of the AIG graduate programs are aligned to the CAEP Standards for Advanced Programs (2016) and the NAGC-CEC Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted Education (2013). They also prepare educators to meet the North Carolina Academically or Intellectually Gifted Program Standards (2018).

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education.

Graduates of the program will learn critical skills for positions in the field of Academically or Intellectually gifted. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Classroom Teacher • Curriculum Coach • Co-Teacher • District Coordinator


Application Deadlines: 

  • August 1 (fall)
  • December 1 (spring)
  • May 1 (Summer first half term)
  • June 15 (Summer second half term)

Admissions & Requirements

  • Complete the Graduate School Admission Application.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a university accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized institutional accreditor.
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from all academic coursework beyond high school.
  • A teaching license from North Carolina or its equivalent from another state.
  • NOTE: Applicants will need to hold a teaching position before enrolling in SPED 6124 and SPED 6224 in order to meet course requirements.

Early Entry

  • Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may apply for the Early Entry Program and begin work toward the graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree.  See the Undergraduate Catalog for details and requirements.  Also see the “Degree Requirements and Academic Policies” section of the Graduate Catalog for more information about Early Entry Programs.

The Graduate Certificate Program in Academically or Intellectually Gifted consists of a 12 credit hour sequence. Each course is worth 3 credits. Candidates typically enroll in 1-2 courses per semester. The four required courses are listed below in sequential order. We recommend that candidates take the courses in order as they are designed to build off one another.

Course listing:

  • SPED 5211: Nature and Needs of Gifted Students (3)
  • SPED 6124: Methods of Instructing Gifted Students (3)
  • SPED 6161: Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students (3)
  • SPED 6224: Adapting Curriculum Materials and Classroom Differentiation (3)

*Rates are subject to change*


  • $288.82 per credit hour
  • $3,466.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour
  • $6,444.00 est. program cost


  • $1,098.21 per credit hour
  • $13,178.00 est. program cost