What can I do with this program after I graduate?

  • Upon completion of the program, graduates will qualify for the North Carolina’s Professional Educator’s Continuing license in Special Education: Academically or Intellectually Gifted.

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.