Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) & Elementary Add-On Licensure Programs for Teachers

For teachers looking to obtain an AIG (K-12) or Elementary add-on licensure to their North Carolina teaching license, Elon offers a 12-credit hour program, which will begin on July 10, 2017.

Add-on licensure programs prepare teachers to obtain an Academically/Intellectually Gifted (K-12) or Elementary Education add-on licensure to their North Carolina teaching license. These are not degree programs. The candidates complete 12 graduate semester hours of course-work (4 courses) through the M.Ed. program during the course of an academic year and one additional summer session. At the end of this 4-course sequence, completers are eligible to be recommended by the School of Education for additional licensure in North Carolina.

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. The cost for the upcoming year will be determined in the fall. 

Application deadline for the 2017-18 cohort is March 15, 2017. 


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. To be eligible, applicants must successfully complete 6 hours by the end of the fall semester, submit an official M.Ed. program application and two letters of recommendation. Standardized test scores also are required, however, applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher may qualify for a waiver.

AIG Education Courses for Add-on Licensure


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.

Elementary Education Courses for Add-on Licensure


MED 521
Critical Issues in Elementary Education
This inquiry-based course approaches the design of school curricula with consideration for philosophical underpinning, theoretical research related to learning and pedagogy, cultural and political context, and systemic change. Issues related to diversity, equity and quality of educational experience will be explored.


MED 530 Curriculum and Instruction Design in Elementary Education
This course emphasizes the importance of a strong alignment among curriculum, instruction and assessment. Graduate students will explore the fundamental question of "What should students know and be able to do as a result of schooling?" A major emphasis in the course is facilitating a deep understanding of the content of curriculum through the use of careful instructional planning and sound pedagogy.


MED 522 Advanced Literacy Development
This course explores the nature of literacy, including the critical features of the development phases of reading and writing. The course includes a study of the characteristics of developing readers and writers with special emphasis on effective instructional practices. A variety of instructional practices and literacy programs are critiqued in relation to what it means to be literate.

Summer II

MED 550 Educating Diverse Learners
This course is designed to prepare teachers to work effectively in today's inclusive classrooms. The course includes a consideration of a wide variety of diversity, including ability; racial, cultural and ethnic diversity; linguistic diversity; and socio-economic diversity. An emphasis is placed on both cultural sensitivity and a solid knowledge base in historical and legal factors as being important in creating respectful learning environments.