Program Overview

The M.Ed. in Special Education is a 33 credit hour professional graduate degree. There are two 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.

Who would benefit from this program?

  • 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.

What can I expect to learn in this program?

  • 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 professors and the graduate program at UNC-Charlotte have greatly enhanced my work to support and advance education of the unique population called the academically and intellectually gifted. The graduate program changed my teaching and prepared me for a career change in which I reach and support a broader group of those who need advanced learning and gifted education. Even more, the people and the program at UNCC have connected me to a network of experts and learners who do the necessary and meaningful work of this field. I entered the program as a classroom teacher and graduated with the toolbox needed to be a specialist, a consultant, and an advocate.”Maureen Shay Mensing (Class of 2016)

Find more testimonials and program information from the Special Education: Academically or Intellectually Gifted webpage.