Talented and Gifted Endorsement

Program Details

This online endorsement program is available at the graduate and undergraduate level for educators interested in leading talented and gifted students.

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 six 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
  • Online classes
  • 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
  • Currently serving students in 22 states and 6 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 Thalya Hanson 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 at soegradadmission@drake.edu or 515-271-2552.


For Application Information


For program Information

Valerie Thacker

Program Coordinator

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 aggie.jones@drake.edu or 1-800-44-DRAKE, x3769
  • Send $50 with evidence of course completion

Tuition and Fees

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