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The online Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Graduate Certificate prepares currently licensed K-12 teachers from all disciplines to employ diverse and effective instructional practices to enrich, extend, and accelerate the standard curriculum for gifted students.
UNC Charlotte’s Department of Special Education and Child Development offers this 12-credit-hour graduate level program for teachers seeking North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction AIG Add-On Licensure.
The AIG Graduate Certificate is a part-time program. Students should be prepared for an academically rigorous program and writing intensive courses.
(3 credits) No prerequisites
Examination of the historical and philosophical perspectives of education for gifted and talented learners with emphasis on answering the question "What is giftedness?" Issues explored in the course include identification procedures, instructional options, the nature of intelligence and creativity, laws/policies, psychological and emotional correlates of talent, and current research findings.
(3 credits) Prerequisite or co-requisite: SPED 5211
An introduction to the basic skills necessary to plan, implement, and evaluate instructional procedures that facilitate learning by gifted students. Specific theories discussed include Bloom, Bruner, Krathwohl, Parnes, Kohlberg.
(3 credits) No prerequisites
An overview of current theory and practice in understanding gifted students social and emotional development. Topics discussed in class range from the social and emotional needs of the general population of gifted students to the unique needs of specific sub-groups of gifted students (e.g., gifted girls, gifted and learning disabled, gifted minority students).
(3 credits) Prerequisites: SPED 5211 and SPED 6124
Students study methods of making accommodations to meet the gifted students in the regular classroom. Topics include differentiated lesson plans based on national and state standards as well as methods of adapting the learning environment to support multi-level learning.
The 12 graduate-level credit hours, completed through the online AIG Graduate Certificate program, can be applied toward the online M.Ed. in AIG for those meeting M.Ed. eligibility requirements.
AIG Graduate Certificate courses are delivered 100% online using Moodle and/or Centra. Each course instructor determines his/her course delivery method(s). Make sure you know how your courses are delivered by viewing the University Course Schedule. Distance education courses have section numbers with an 8 as the middle digit (examples: 080, 580, 780, L80).
To participate in this program, you will need a high-speed internet connection and your computer must meet these Technical Specifications.
Note that GRE or MAT scores and letters of recommendation are not required.
New DE program students will receive an email with instructions for enrolling in an online orientation. The DE Student Guide is also available to aid in your preparation and throughout your program. Topics in the Guide include:
Faculty teaching online courses as part of a distance education program may require proctored exams or writing assignments. This requirement will be noted on the course syllabus.
See the Proctored Testing section of this website for detailed proctored exam information.