Academically and Intellectually Gifted Certification

Affordable Tuition


*if using financial aid

How to Pay
Online 12 credits * 9 months
Take Advantage of online courses - classes begin in August
No GRE or MAT test required for Ed.D. candidates
Format and course schedule designed for working educators

Program Highlights & Benefits

Upon completion, you are recommended for AIG Certification

Focuses on theoretical foundations and practical applications of teacher leadership

Affordable tuition

No special computer skills required, user friendly format


Current school teachers who wish to add on the Academically/Intellectually Gifted Education (AIG) Add-on Licensure Certification by completing non-degree, graduate level coursework.

What You Learn

The AIG Add-on Licensure Certification includes 12 semester hours focusing on theoretical foundations and practical applications of giftedness.

How You Learn

Fully Online: You will log into Blackboard to complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and complete group activities. While there are no face-to-face meetings, some of the activities may include chats, discussion boards, recorded and/or live webinars, and various web links for viewing. Your classes will operate in Blackboard and each semester’s final projects will be submitted in an electronic portfolio in Taskstream. Upon full acceptance to the online program you will be required to complete online certification to verify your proficiency in an online environment.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of the two 6-credit hour courses, students will be recommended for AIG licensure. Students receiving AIG licensure can implement AIG strategies into their classroom instruction, support other teachers within a (site or district) in the planning and implementation of AIG strategies through coaching and modeling, and/or collaborate with their respective district in the planning and implementation of the AIG curriculum.


Students must hold at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.50 grade point average for all coursework beyond high school. Three years of teaching experience is strongly recommended. All candidates, upon successful completion of the coursework will be recommended for licensure in North Carolina. Individual candidates outside of North Carolina will need to contact their state Department of Public Instruction for information concerning reciprocity and specific licensure requirements.

Degree Requirements

First Semester
MTCI 677Philosophy, History and Methodology of Curriculum and Instruction for Teacher Leaders-Academically/Intellectually Gifted Education6
Second Semester
MTCI 681Leading Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Populations6
 Total Credit Hours:12
Please Note:

This is not an official schedule and your cohort may take these courses in a different order.