Western to offer Academically, Intellectually Gifted licensure for teachers

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University will offer teachers the opportunity to earn Academically or Intellectually Gifted licensure through a new online program beginning in August.

“As more schools move toward differentiation of instruction for students in mixed-ability classrooms, it becomes essential that classroom teachers utilize interventions and educational programs that help all students achieve their potential, including those students who are gifted and talented,” said Sharon Dole, program director and assistant professor of human services at Western.

Western will offer four online distance education courses, or 12 credit hours, leading to the add-on licensure. The courses may be taken at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

Courses beginning in August are “Introduction to Gifted Education” (SPED 471/571), “Methods and Models of Gifted Education” (SPED 475/575), “Creative Thinking and Problem Solving” (SPED 400/500), which includes one week of onsite field experience, and “Curriculum Differentiation for Gifted Learners” (SPED 477/577).

In order to obtain the add-on licensure in AIG, participants must possess a teaching license in a core subject area identified by the No Child Left Behind act.

For more information, contact Dole at (828) 227-3282 or Western’s Division of Distance and Continuing Education at (800) 928-4958, or email Dole at dole@email.wcu.edu.