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What will I learn?

The 33-credit-hour program leading to the Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) with specialization in academically or intellectually gifted (AIG) is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification. Successful completion of the program will prepare candidates for add-on licensure to their current license, as well as a master’s degree. The target audience is certified K-12 teachers who seek to improve their knowledge of and expertise in the field of AIG.

The mission of Watson College of Education (WCE) AIG Program is to prepare educational leaders who will design and deliver effective programs and services for gifted and talented students. These educational leaders will ensure that gifted students achieve their potential. Graduates will be able to competently design curriculum and programs, advocate for gifted students, and deliver instruction that meets the broad spectrum of exceptional needs of gifted and talented students.


Upon completion of the graduate M.Ed. with specialization in AIG, the candidate 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.

Which department am I in?

Watson College of Education

Study options

Full Time (33 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$18,548.00 (13,76,957) per year
Application deadline

Expected March 2022

Start date

18 August 2021


University of North Carolina Wilmington

601 South College Road,


North Carolina,

28403, United States

Online/Distance (33 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$16,366.00 (12,14,971) per year
Application deadline

Expected March 2022

Start date

18 August 2021

Entry requirements

For international students

Bachelor’s degree completed before graduate study begins.
Official copies of transcripts of college work (graduate and undergraduate). An undergraduate grade average of “B” (GPA=3.0) or better is recommended.

Minimum Score Requirement: TOEFL - 79; IELTS (GENERAL) - 6.5 for acceptance, 7.0 for TA consideration.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.