Academically and Intellectually Gifted Education (AIG)

Challenge. Encourage. Inspire gifted students to grow.

Educators holding a current teaching license:

  • Gain the knowledge and pedagogical skills — and learn the professional dispositions — to effectively design and deliver enhanced curricula for gifted learners.
  • Cover issues and trends in gifted education to become proficient in applying differentiation strategies in the classroom.
  • Qualify for recommendation to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a teacher of the academically and intellectually gifted (upon completion of the program).


The AIG program is offered entirely online by Pfeiffer’s division of education. Learn from highly qualified faculty who are engaged in the field and work regularly in schools.

Pfeiffer’s AIG program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approval by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Up to nine credits from this certificate program may be transferred into the Master of Science in Elementary Education (MSEE).


  • SPED 630 Introduction to Gifted Education
  • SPED 632 Methods and Models in Gifted Education
  • SPED 634 Trends and Issues in Gifted Education
  • SPED 636 Differentiated Strategies for Gifted Learners

Course Rotation

  • Summer SPED 630
  • SPED 632
  • Fall SPED 636
  • Spring SPED 634

Application Requirements

  • Completed Pfeiffer University application for admission and application fee
  • Completion of baccalaureate degree from accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities attended
  • Copy of educator’s license with a teaching field indicated
  • Three letters of recommendation on Pfeiffer’s Division of Education Reference Form (available with application)
  • Essay that responds to the AIG program-specific prompt (available with application)

Tuition & Fees

Click here for current tuition and fees. Candidates currently working in school settings are eligible for a 40 percent tuition-reduction scholarship. For information about financial aid and scholarships, contact [email protected].


Enhance your effectiveness in the classroom — and expand you career options — by earning an AIG license.

Ready to get started? Apply now.


Questions? Just ask!
Dr. Angela H. Kern

Division of Education Program Coordinator
(704) 463-3173
[email protected]