Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Do I have a Drake Student ID Number?  Where can I find it?
A. Every student taking courses through Continuing Education and Professional Development has a Drake ID Number.  You will receive this number via email the first time you are registered in the Drake University system.  If you cannot find your ID number, please contact our office and we can provide your ID number.

Q. What is my initial password?  
A. You are issued a temporary password, which is your birthdate in the format (mmddyy). You can use this password the first time you log in, and you will be prompted to change your password at that time. If you fail to change your password the first time you log in, your temporary password will no longer work, and you will have to contact the Drake Support Center at 515-271-3001 to reset your password.

Q. Is Drake a fully accredited university?
A. Drake University has been on the approved list of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since that association was established in 1913. Since reorganization of the Association in 2000, Drake University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association:

North Central Association
Phone: (312) 263-0456

All School of Education certification and endorsement programs are approved and accredited by the Iowa Department of Public Instruction, pursuant to Chapter 79, Code of Iowa.

Q. Do you offer online courses?
A. Yes.  Please visit our Online Course page for a complete list of course offerings.

Q. Do you offer courses for coaches and physical educators?
A. Yes, we offer courses in DVD correspondence format and in an online format.  Please visit our Coaching Courses page for a complete list of course offerings.

Q. What are the technology requirements for the DVD correspondence courses for coaches and physical educators?
A. Our video correspondence coaching courses require access to Adobe Acrobat or an equivalent pdf reader.  All work must be word processed in the format provided in Microsoft Word documents.

Q. Do you offer any degrees or certifications via distance learning?
A. None of our programs result in a degree, endorsement, or certification.

Q. How many courses can I take at a time?
A. Students taking courses through the Continuing Education and Professional Development Department may register for up to 12 credits per semester.  If you register for more than 12 credits, your money will be automatically refunded and you will be dropped from the course.

Q. Where do I find my course number?
A. It is important that you include your course number when you submit your completed coursework for grading.  Click Course Numbers to find a listing of our courses and numbers. 

Q. What if I have questions about the coursework?  Is there someone who can help me?
A. Our staff can answer most questions about your coursework.  Please contact our office at 1-800-768-3224 or If you have a more specific question we will put you in touch with an instructor or grader.

Q. How long will it take for my coursework to be graded?
A. It can take up to 60 days for your coursework to be graded, so be sure to plan accordingly and allow enough time for the grading process.

Q. Can I get my coursework graded faster?
A. Yes.  You can have the grading process expedited.  For a fee of $85.00 we will have your grade in the Drake University system in five business days.  To expedite your coursework click here to fill out the form and make your payment.  PLEASE NOTE: Your coursework must be received in our office before you make the payment.  Call our office with questions: 1-800-768-3224

Q. Will I automatically get a transcript?
A. Yes.  All students in Continuing Education and Professional Development courses will automatically receive one official transcript free of charge for each completed course.  Transcripts print the day after grades are entered and are mailed to your home address.

Q. How do I get an additional transcript?
A. You can order additional transcripts by using the National Student Clearinghouse website.  To do this you will need your Drake ID number.  If you do not know your ID number please call us at 1-800-768-3224.

Q. How can I access my 1098T/Tax Information?
A. 1098Ts are not available if your course number begins with EDEX.  1098Ts are available for MOST courses that begin with EDMA.  If available, your 1098T will be accessible for printing through BlueView.  For directions for logging on to BlueView, please see Accessing your Student Account Information.  Contact our office with questions.

In order for Drake University to generate a 1098T (tax document) we will need your complete Social Security Number.  To provide this information please complete Part 1 of the Form W9-S tax form.  You may mail the form to: Student Accounts Office, Drake University, 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311-4505.  Questions may be addressed to Student Accounts at 515-271-2151 or at

Q. How can I get an official receipt for my courses?
A. Receipts for our coaching or physical education courses can be obtained by sending an email request to  In your request, please include your full name and Drake ID number.

Receipts for video courses for classroom teachers can be obtained by filling out a Help Request Form on the Quality Educational Programs website; the form is found at the bottom of the page. 

Q. Will your courses be approved by my school district or my state's Department of Education?
A. It is your responsibility to make sure that our courses are approved by your school district, Board of Education, or state Department of Education.  If you need additional information about our courses to assist you in gaining approval, please contact our office.

Please note:  At this time we cannot accept registrations from residents of the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Wyoming.  If you are a resident of one of these states please check back periodically as this list may adjust over time.

Q. What requirements are there if I want to teach in Iowa?
A. Go to the Iowa Department of Education homepage for complete information.

Q. Do your coaching courses count towards Pennsylvania's ACT 48 requirements? A. You must hold a Health or Physical Education Level 1 or 2 certificate in order for these courses to satisfy ACT 48 requirements.‌‌

Q. What is an Area Education Agency (AEA) and what do they offer?
A. The K-12 public and private schools in Iowa are served by 9 regional service untis and AEA Professional Development Online.  These agencies provide special education, staff development, and media services.  Many have partnered with Drake University to offer graduate credit for their staff development offerings.  For more information and links to each AEA, visit the Area Education Agencies webpage

Q. How much do the courses offered by Continuing Education and Professional Development cost?
A. Video and online course costs range from $215 - $770 depending on the delivery method and the number of credit hours.  The cost for Drake graduate credit through the state AEAs varies.

Q. How do I apply to take courses through the Continuing Education and Professional Development department?
A. You need not apply or be accepted to Drake University to take courses through our department.  You may register directly through our website.  If you are interested in pursuing a specific graduate degree or endorsement program, please contact Valerie Thacker:

Valerie Thacker
Graduate Admissions Counselor
School of Education
3206 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311-3820

Q. How do I schedule a Miller Analogy Test (MAT)?
A. Contact Bridget Arrasmith at 515-271-2054.

Q. How do I contact Continuing Education and Professional Development?
A. See our Contact Us page, call 1-800-768-3224, or email

Q. What are enrollment deadlines for Continuing Education courses?
A. Enrollment deadlines vary:

  • For degree and endorsement programs, preregistration must be completed two weeks before the first class date.
  • AEAs have different deadlines depending on the course offering.  Check with your AEA to find their specific requirements.
  • Online courses have specific start and stop dates.  Check our Online Course Offerings page for enrollment information.
  • Video course enrollments are continuous throughout the year. 

Q. Can I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Staff Development Units (SDUs) through Continuing Education and Professional Development?
A. No, Drake University School of Education awards Carnegie units of graduate credit only in semester hours.  CEUs are offered by social service, nursing, or other organizations.  SDUs are awarded by designated school districts and the 10 Area Education Agencies.

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