Thursday , 14 December 2017
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WCU Offers AIG Licensure Program

westernWith the introduction of the Common Core State Standards and their focus on teaching higher level thinking skills for all students, it is critical that all teachers, not just AIG teachers, know how to promote higher level thinking and creative problem solving.  In Western Carolina University’s four-course AIG licensure program teachers will learn to:


  • Develop lesson plans based on models for higher level thinking including
  • Paul’s Levels of Reasoning, William and Mary’s Integrative Curriculum Model, and the Creative Problem Solving Model.
  • Implement problem and project-based learning.
  • Differentiate content, process, product, and environment for all students.
  • Develop unit plans that incorporate elements of models and methods used in gifted education such as Renzulli’s Enrichment Triad and Schoolwide Enrichment, Bett’s Autonomous Learner, Bruner’s Structure of a Discipline, and Kohlberg’s Discussions of Moral Dilemmas.
  • Facilitate Socratic questioning and Paideia seminars.
  • Develop authentic assessments that evaluate higher order thinking and knowledge.

In a one-week summer field experience on the WCU campus teachers will gain hands on experience applying what they have learned in their courses.

The four-course sequence is available online with the exception of of the one-week field experience which is held the last week in June.  Classes can be completed in one calendar year and can be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level.  If taken at the graduate level, courses can be applied to the MAEd in Gifted Education or the MAED in Elementary Education.

Please like WCU on Facebook (Gifted Education at WCU) and contact Sharon Dole at for further information.  Teachers can apply by going to




Melinda A Cooper

Administrative Support Associate

School of Teaching and Learning

College of Education and Allied Professions

Western Carolina University

120 Killian Building

Cullowhee, NC

Phone: 828-227-3541

Fax: 828-227-7609

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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