Special Education and Child Development: Academically or Intellectually Gifted, M.Ed.

33 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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Program Tabs


The M.Ed. in Special Education is a 33-credit-hour professional graduate degree. There are three online concentrations offered under the M.Ed. in Special Education, one of which is the Concentration in Academically or Intellectually Gifted which is offered 100% online.

  • The concentration in Academically or Intellectually Gifted is designed for experienced teachers with an undergraduate degree and a Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License or initial teaching license. Prospective applicants must have access to a classroom with AIG or advanced students to meet the program’s field experience requirements.
  • The Academically or Intellectually Gifted program educates teachers on employing diverse and effective instructional practices to enrich, extend, and accelerate the standard curriculum for gifted students, and to be collaborative instructional leaders who are knowledgeable, effective, reflective, and responsive to equity and diversity for gifted students.

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

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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.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a university accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized institutional accreditor.
  • A Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License in any content area from North Carolina or its equivalent from another state.
  • An overall average grade point average of at least 3/0 in the most recent academic degree program (based on a 4.0 scale).
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from all academic coursework beyond high school.
  • Official agency reports of satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) test scores (30th percentile or above).
  • Three recommendations from professional educators familiar with the applicant’s personal and professional qualifications. Applicants will provide reference contact names and email addresses through the application portal.
  • An statement of purpose of no more than one page describing the applicant’s experience and objective in undertaking graduate study in AIG.

Test Score Requirement Waiver: Applicants who previously have received a grade of A in three (if the fourth course is in progress at the time of application) or all four of the four Graduate Certificate courses in Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) at UNC Charlotte may waive the GRE/MAT score requirement. Note: Waiver requests should be sent to the AIG Graduate Program Director. Students who have received one or more course grades below A in UNC Charlotte graduate certificate courses in AIG, or who are applying directly to the M.Ed., are not eligible for this waiver and must provide GRE or MAT scores with their application.


This program is offered as a part-time program. The 12 graduate-level credit hours completed through the online AIG Graduate Certificate program can be applied directly to the online M.Ed. for those meeting M.Ed. admission requirements.

Curriculum: AIG Concentration
Phase I: Developing Perspective (15 credit hours)

  • SPED 5211: Nature and Needs of Gifted Students
  • SPED 6124: Methods of Instructing Gifted Students
  • SPED 6161: Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students
  • SPED 6224: Adapting Curriculum Materials and Classroom Differentiation
  • RSCH 7111: Qualitative Research Methods or another 3-credit RSCH course as approved by advisor

Phase II: Content and Pedagogy (15 credit hours)

  • SPED 6241: Advanced Curriculum for Gifted Students
  • SPED 6270: Gifted Assessment and Program Evaluation
  • SPED 6637: Theory and Development of Creativity
  • SPED 6695: Research Proposal in AIG
  • SPED 6696: Research Implementation in AIG

Introductory Research Course (3 credit hours)

  • RSCH 6101: Research Methods

Prospective students should be prepared to participate in our academically rigorous program of writing-intensive courses in which they will learn about best practices in AIG teaching, learning, and program development and apply these skills to their work with AIG students in public or private school classrooms and related educational settings. Prospective applicants must have access to a classroom with AIG or advanced students to meet the program’s field experience requirements.  A capstone research project completed by each candidate serves as the program’s culminating experience.


*Rates are subject to change* 


  • $288.82 per credit hour

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour

Non Resident:

  • $1,098.21 per credit hour

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