AIG Add on Licensure

Currently in North Carolina, a teacher can add Academically Gifted (88087) as an area to his or her license only if fully licensed in another area. AIG add-on licensure may be obtained through one of the following pathways:

COURSEWORK VIA AN ACCREDITED INSTITUTE OF HIGHER EDUCATION (IHE)

Programs are generally 12-16 semester hours of credit; depending on if courses are taken at the undergraduate or graduate level. If you are a certified teacher interested in obtaining AIG add-on licensure, there are many high-quality program options IHEs that have been approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Below you will find contact information including the website addresses for 20 approved IHEs that offer coursework at the graduate and/or undergraduate level. The options below include face-to-face, asynchronous, synchronous, and hybrid programs. Some programs require a summer practicum experience. (pdf, 207kb)

TESTING VIA THE GIFTED EDUCATION PRAXIS (TEST 5358)

Effective October 1, 2017, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved the adoption of an ETS Praxis testing option as an additional pathway for licensed educators to obtain AIG add-on licensure. These licensure candidates must earn a qualifying score of 157. Successful test takers are typically completing a graduate program in gifted education or have an undergraduate degree and extensive experience planning and providing gifted services in their school districts. For more information, or to review the Praxis Study Companion, please visit the Educational Testing Service website.