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Talented and Gifted Endorsement

I chose Drake's Talented and Gifted Endorsement Program because I was able to choose coursework that meets my needs and interests from a wide variety of options. Although the courses are offered online, students engage in collaborative work and discussions with fellow teachers from across the country through blogs, wikis, and phone chats. The videos and readings added to my knowledge base, and the assignments were meaningful for a teacher in the field of gifted education. I highly recommend this program.

The courses have been helpful not only in understanding the academic and social-emotional needs of gifted students, but all my students. I really like the fact that many of the learning and projects can be tailored to my own classroom experiences and used in the future. I also like the consistent interaction with students from all over the country.

The coursework I have experienced through Drake University in the area of gifted and talented endorsement is top-notch in preparation for teaching gifted students. Instructors' teaching methods are up-to-date and are as challenging and relevant as you want your curriculum to be for your gifted students. I highly recommend this program.

Program Details

This online endorsement program is available at the graduate and undergraduate level for educators interested in leading talented and gifted students.  This endorsement has been approved by the State of Illinois.  Teachers from Illinois can take this endorsement online and know that it will automatically be approved and added to their licenses.  

Expand your skills as an educator and administrator, and experience the rewards of teaching intelligent and engaged learners by obtaining your Talented and Gifted (TAG) Endorsement from Drake University. Our award-winning curriculum provides high-quality content you won’t find in other programs, and our innovative use of technology makes it easier than ever to become endorsed.

All classes are online, so you can take classes when they fit your schedule. Classes last only four to eight weeks, and the endorsement can easily be completed in one year. But we don’t sacrifice content for brevity: Drake’s School of Education is known for its top-notch curriculum, and the TAG endorsement is no exception. As part of your program you will complete a practicum in your own school district, providing valuable hands-on experience.

Upon completion of your endorsement, you’ll have access to the extensive Drake network present in numerous school districts throughout the nation. With the TAG endorsement, you will have skills to promote and nurture the abilities of talented and gifted children and further their well-being. Apply today and make a difference in students’ lives.

What you need to know:

  • 12-credit-hour program
  • All classes are fully online
  • Courses are led by experienced and knowledgeable faculty
  • Drake University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Approved by the Iowa Department of Education
  • Endorsement is valid in all states with approval of your state department of education
  • Currently serving students in 25 states and 8 countries

Curriculum based on National Association for Gifted Children standards

Program Options

Endorsement Only

For the TAG endorsement, you can choose from a variety of courses offered at Drake with up to six transfer hours. You must take at least one course from each of the four content areas:  

  • Psychology of the Gifted
  • Programming for the Gifted
  • Administration and Supervision of Gifted Programs
  • Practicum Experience

You must have a total of 12 hours for Drake University to recommend you to the Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE).  Credit hours can be obtained by attending the Iowa Talented and Gifted Conference.  See page for details.   

Endorsement with Degree

Students can complete the TAG endorsement as part of the MSE degree in Teacher Effectiveness and Professional Development. Core courses for this program are offered on campus and students may transfer in the 12 TAG endorsement hours toward the 32-hour masters degree program. Contact the Program Coordinator for information on this program. 

Apply Now

You can start the endorsement program at any time during the school year. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis; therefore, it is requested that all materials be submitted approximately eight weeks prior to the beginning of your intended start term.

Upon the receipt of transcripts, an adviser will complete a transcript evaluation to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers.

To begin the application process and view application requirements, please click the “Apply Now” link above. Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission.


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For program Information

Sally Beisser, PhD
Professor of Education
Iowa Campus Compact Senior Faculty Fellow

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Financial Aid

  • Teachers in shortage areas, as designated by the Iowa Department of Education, may be eligible for college student forgivable loans through both state and federal programs. TAG has been identified as a shortage area. Information regarding application for forgivable loans is available at the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website



  • Contact Aggie Jones at or 1-800-44-DRAKE, x3769
  • Send $50 with evidence of course completion

Tuition and Fees

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