Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Add-On Licensure Program for Teachers

For teachers looking to obtain their AIG (K-12) add-on licensure to their North Carolina teaching license, Elon offers a 12-credit hour program. The program will be offered on Elon's campus beginning July 5, 2016.

The total cost of the add-on licensure for academic year 2016-17 is $3,108. The cost is broken down per course, for a total of $777 each semester.

Application deadline for the 2016-17 cohort is May 15, 2016. 


To apply for admission, a free online Special Student application needs to be completed and transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. 

There is also the option to transition seamlessly into the M.Ed. program when your add-on is complete. An official M.Ed. application and two letters of recommendation need to be submitted to enroll in the cohort. Upon completion of two successful semesters, the GRE/MAT requirement will be waived.

Course of Study


MED 564 Curriculum & Instructional Design in Gifted Education (on campus, three-week course)
This course will acquaint graduate students with the central concepts of curriculum and instructional design and differentiation. Students will study models of curriculum and a wide range of instructional methods that enhance the strengths of gifted learners. The principle of alignment will be emphasized throughout, in terms of alignment with standards and with learner characteristics as well as internal alignment of curriculum and instructional elements.


MED 562 Foundations of Gifted Education (blended, online)
Designed to provide graduate students with the historical and legal foundations, the key issues and trends, and the guiding policies of education of gifted students. They will examine the role of families, communities, and the educational environment in supporting the development and education of individuals with academic and/or intellectual gifts.


MED 567 Social/Emotional Needs of Gifted Students (blended, online)
This course will introduce graduate students to the social and emotional issues that confront students who are gifted. Special populations, including gifted/learning disabled, culturally diverse and those who are extremely precocious, will be considered regarding their unique characteristics and needs. An emphasis will be placed on programming and promising practices for these special groups of students.

Summer II

MED 532 Consultation & Collaboration (on campus, three-week course)
The course explores the collaborative nature of education with particular emphasis on developing the skills required to be an effective member of an education team. The course includes examination of communication skills with a focus on those skills needed to form effective partnerships with families, community agencies, paraprofessionals, administrators, and others involved in students' education.

The course allows graduate students to exercise and refine the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they have developed through their participation in their coursework. Students will work, in collaboration with Elon University leaders and fellow cohort members, to facilitate the cognitive, affective, and social development of P-12 learners by designing, administering, and evaluating a summer learning enrichment experience on the Elon University campus.