The Online Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) program leads to an AIG license that can be added to a license in a core academic area. In the courses you will learn techniques for screening, identifying, and evaluating gifted learners; explore models and methods for differentiating instruction; learn how to promote creativity and problem solving; and learn how to advocate for gifted students regardless of issues of gender, disability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and language. The two different course sequences meet the state requirements for add-on AIG licensure.
The four required courses in each sequence are delivered entirely online, through a combination of synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous instruction, enhanced by various interactive Internet-based learning applications. Courses are designed and taught by regular WCU faculty. In addition to your online coursework, you must fulfill a one-week on-campus field experience. That experience, Cullowhee Creativity Camp, is held on the WCU campus in June. You can make arrangements to stay on the WCU campus during that week.
If the program is completed at the graduate level, you may be able to apply the credits earned to the M.A.Ed. with gifted emphasis. However, enrollment in the licensure program does not guarantee admission to the graduate school.
To be considered for admission to the undergraduate AIG licensure program, you must hold or be eligible for a North Carolina license. To be considered for the graduate program, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and a current “A” or “M” level license in any area.
The program requires 12 student credit hours of study (four courses), which you can complete in four semesters, including summer.
Tuition and fees
Additional costs may involve textbooks, high speed Internet access, subscription to TaskStream, and headphones.
A one week on-campus summer residency is required by the NC Department of Public Instruction for licensure. Rocket to Creativity Camp (formerly known as Cullowhee Creativity Camp) is held on the WCU – Cullowhee campus in June of each year. You can make arrangements to stay on the WCU campus during that week.