Jul 15, 2024  
Graduate Catalog | 2024-2025 
Graduate Catalog | 2024-2025

Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG), Graduate Certificate

Intellectually Gifted (AIG) requires a 12 credit hour sequence of courses and provides a consistent, cohesive structure for teachers seeking to add on the North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) AIG Professional Educator’s license.  To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate (AIG licensure) Program, applicants must hold or be eligible for a North Carolina teaching license or its equivalent from another state.  Applicants will need to hold a teaching position before enrolling in SPED 6124  and SPED 6224  in order to meet course requirements.

Admission Requirements for Graduate Certificate in Teaching Programs

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body
  2. An Application for Admission to the Graduate School
  3. Original transcripts that indicate a minimum overall GPA of at least 2.75 (For alternative ways to demonstrate academic competence, contact the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL))
  4. A teaching license from North Carolina or its equivalent from another state
  5. Recommendation letters and GRE or MAT scores are not required for applications to the Graduate Certificate in AIG, but are required for admission to the M.Ed. program

Early Entry Program

Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may apply for the Early Entry Program and begin work toward the graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree.  See the Undergraduate Catalog for details and requirements.  Also see the “Degree Requirements and Academic Policies” section of the Graduate Catalog for more information about Early Entry Programs.


If accepted into the master’s degree program, a maximum of twelve (12) Graduate Certificate hours may be applied toward the M.Ed. AIG degree, to elective requirements in other Special Education M.Ed. majors, or to other UNC Charlotte M.Ed. programs, with the permission of the program’s Graduate Program Director and the student’s academic advisor.  Admission to the Graduate Certificate program does not ensure admission into a master’s degree program.  Applicants must take the GRE or MAT before applying to the Special Education master’s degree program in AIG.  Applicants who previously have received a grade of A in three (if the fourth course is in progress at the time of application) or all four of the 4 Graduate Certificate courses in AIG at UNC Charlotte may waive the GRE/MAT requirement.  Students who have received one or more course grades below A in UNC Charlotte graduate certificate courses in AIG are not eligible for this waiver and must provide GRE or MAT scores with their application to the M.Ed.

Total = 12 Credit Hours