AIG Add-On Licensure
Currently in North Carolina, a teacher can add Academically Gifted (88087) as an area to their 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. The options include face-to-face, asynchronous, synchronous, and hybrid programs. Some programs require a summer practicum experience. The most current list of IHE programs is found here.
Competency-Based Assessment via the Gifted Education Praxis (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 Education Testing Service website.
District-Sponsored Opportunities for AIG Licensure
Advanced Studies supports individuals in obtaining AIG add-on licensure. This supports and strengthens North Carolina AIG Program Standard 4: Personnel & Professional Development.
We sponsor CMS educators through both a cohort through Queens University and UNC-Charlotte.
Applications are accepted in the spring of each year.
Please contact Melanie Ragin with questions.
AIG Praxis Reimbursement Process
Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, Advanced Studies will reimburse CMS educators who obtain a passing score on the Gifted Education Praxis (5358) on or after August 1, 2023, and submit appropriate documentation. Please review the process and resources here.
Please contact Lisa Pagano with questions.