The MHU Online Academically & Intellectually Gifted Certificate (add-on licensure) is designed to address the needs of current educators who are seeking N.C. Gifted and Talented Specialist certification. This certificate provides additional knowledge and skills in curriculum, instruction, assessment, social support to meet the needs of academically talented students in the candidate’s classrooms. The program is recognized by and accredited by the N.C. Department of Instruction and our national accrediting bodies.
The program provides 4 courses (12-credit sequence) designed specifically for General Education teachers and support teachers who are working with gifted students in the classroom setting.
Candidates will study the foundations and historical aspects of gifted education, characteristics and social aspects of gifted learners, and develop skills and knowledge in curriculum, methods, and assessment/instructional programming to meet the needs of academically talented students. This focused study will enable certificate completers to:
Pre-Req. Applicants are required to hold N.C. state-approved teacher certification to be admitted to the program.
*This AIG certificate program is comprised of all online courses, pending approval by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
The courses for this certificate program will be taught by Dr. Chris Cain.
Dr. Cain is a tenured professor in the Education Department at Mars Hill University where he holds the positions of Coordinator of M.Ed. Programs, Integrated Education Program and the AIG program. He earned a B.A. Degree from Mars Hill in Elementary Education, an M.Ed. in Cross-Categorical (Mild and Severe) Special Education from East Tennessee State University and a Doctoral Degree with an ELPA concentration in research design focusing on assistive technology from the University System of Tennessee. Dr. Cain has published nationally / internationally.