Middle School Endorsement

Program Details

This program completes an endorsement for middle school (grades five through eight) in the state of Iowa. The holder of this endorsement is authorized to teach ALL subjects in grades five through eight with the following exceptions

  • Art
  • Industrial Arts
  • Music
  • Reading
  • Physical Education
  • Special Education

Program Options

The middle school endorsement is an add-on endorsement to the Iowa General Elementary Endorsement (K-6) license or the Iowa Secondary Level Endorsements (7-12). The candidate for this endorsement must currently hold either a valid Iowa teacher's license at the elementary or secondary level, or is currently seeking endorsement at the elementary or secondary level.


Transfer credits are allowed and a Drake advisor will review transcripts and make recommendations for program completion.

Core Course Information. Additional coursework is needed for the complete Iowa license for Middle School educators. Previous undergraduate and graduate hours can be counted toward the endorsement. We offer online the two courses that most educators need to complete this process.

  • EDUC 231: Topics in Middle School Growth & Development This course will allow practicing teachers to explore the developmental characteristics of young adolescents. Understanding the unique qualities of middle level learners and finding developmentally appropriate ways to incorporate young adolescent interests and needs will be the essential core of the course. Modeling best practices, using an inquiry-based methodology, and incorporating multiple opportunities to incorporate current teaching scenarios will serve as the guiding pedagogy. Students will discover ways to align their beliefs and planning with the developmental characteristics of young adolescents through reading, discussing, writing, and designing authentic examples of developmentally responsive middle level teaching and learning practices.
  • EDUC 234: Middle School Curriculum & Methods A historical call for specialized preparation of middle level teachers has been integral to the continued need for improving the educational experiences of young adolescents. Middle level teachers who work with young adolescents recognize the uniqueness of the age group, as individuals and as learners. In a developmentally responsive middle level school, teachers work in interdisciplinary teams, facilitate student involvement in curriculum development, incorporate multiple resources and strategies, and focus on young adolescents' interests and needs. This course will model the core practices of developmentally responsive middle level education through interdisciplinary teamwork and integrated curriculum design as students actively engage in a shared vision of effective middle level education.

Additional Requirements. In addition to the core courses, 17 hours of coursework must be completed in two of the following areas:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

An overview of the coursework can be found here:

For individuals seeking the Middle School endorsement in the State of Illinois, requirements for this program are identified below:

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  • Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis; therefore, it is requested that all materials be submitted approximately 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the intended start-term.
  • Upon the receipt of transcripts, an advisor will complete a transcript evaluation in order to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers. 
  • In order to begin the application process, please click the “Apply Now” link above. This link will provide you application requirements. Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at soegradadmission@drake.edu or 515-271-2552.


Valerie Thacker
Program Coordinator
1-800-44-DRAKE, X3697

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