Standards for Academically and Intellectually Gifted Teacher Candidates In January 2009, the State Board of Education adopted new standards for add-on license candidates. These AIG teacher candidate standards and elements are aligned with the research-supported knowledge standards from the National Association for Gifted Children and Council for Exceptional Children (NAGC-CEC) Teacher Preparation Standards (2006) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). These standards will guide Institutes of Higher Education in development and delivery of their AIG Add-On Licensure programs. Current Standards for AIG Teacher Candidates (pdf, 65kb)

Institutions of Higher Education AIG Consortium
The North Carolina Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Consortium is comprised of higher education faculty who teach, conduct research, collaborate with other institutions and organizations, and who advocate for the gifted community including learners, their families, and educators.

If you are a certified teacher interested in obtaining an add-on licensure in AIG, there are many high-quality program options at Institutes of Higher Education (IHE) that have been approved by the Department of Public Instruction in North Carolina. Below you will find 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.


You will find additional details in the spreadsheet below - to include program contact person, approximate cost per course, type of program delivery, and any special program notes.