Master of Education with Specialization in Academically or Intellectually Gifted

The M.Ed. with Specialization in Academically or Intellectually Gifted is a 33-hour program designed for K-12 educators who hold a minimum of a Standard Professional 1 or initial teaching license. Upon completion of the program, graduates will qualify for the Academically or Intellectually Gifted Add-on Licensure. (Student Learning Outcomes)

Program of Study

Professional Core
  • EDL 530: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • EDL 513: Organizational Theory and Leadership
  • EDN 525: Tests, Measures, and Measurements in Education
AIG Core
  • EDN 552: Introduction to Gifted Education
  • EDN 553: Social and Emotional Development and Guidance of Gifted Learners
  • EDN 554: Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Gifted Education
  • EDN 555: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation in Gifted Education
  • MIT 512: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning
Cognate Area (Choose One Area of Focus)
  • Curriculum (3 courses)
  • Leadership (3 courses)
  • Research (3 courses)
  • Special Populations (3 courses)

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the M.Ed. with specialization in AIG, candidates should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a breadth of general knowledge in the field of gifted education and talent development.
  2. Demonstrate a well-articulated knowledge of K-12 communities and issues affecting the gifted and talented population.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication skills that can be utilized when interacting with stakeholders including colleagues, administrators, families, and community members.
  4. Design, implement, and assess effective instruction for gifted and talented learners.
  5. Establish a classroom environment sensitive to the social, emotional, and academic needs of all students.
  6. Demonstrate effective knowledge of state and federal standards and policies with regard to the gifted and talented population.
  7. Use technology to enhance the academic achievement of gifted and talented learners.
  8. Demonstrate effective leadership within the school environment, Local Education Agency (LEA), and community.

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) program are required to submit the following materials to the UNCW Graduate School:

  1. An application for graduate admission.
  2. Official transcripts of college work (graduate and undergraduate). An undergraduate grade average of "B" (GPA=3.0) or better is required.
  3. Three recommendations by individuals in relevant professional fields.
  4. A letter of intent describing the applicant's commitment to the teaching profession, interests in working with gifted and talented learners, prior school experiences, and philosophy of teaching and learning.

To request an application and obtain information regarding admission, please contact the UNCW Graduate School at 910.962.4117 or