Talented & Gifted Endorsement

The State of Iowa requires a pre-K through 12 Talented and Gifted (TAG) Endorsement for anyone designated as a teacher and/or coordinator of programs for the gifted. The TAG Endorsement allows teachers to work with gifted students of any age, even if their certification is for a specific age group. It also equips educators with the essential tools to understand gifted students' characteristics and unique needs and to promote their talents and well-being.

About the Program

When you pursue your TAG Endorsement through the Belin-Blank Center, you will benefit from the state's most flexible and varied set of course options, instruction by world-class leaders in the field at the state's center for gifted education, and a program that complies with national faculty standards and promotes both NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted Education and Pre-K – Grade 12 Gifted Education Programming Standards.

To earn a TAG endorsement, you must complete 12 semester hours of coursework in the area of the gifted and talented, with at least one semester hour in each of the following strands: 

  1. Psychology of the Gifted
  2. Programming for the Gifted
  3. Administration and Supervision of Gifted Programs
  4. Practicum Experience in Gifted Programs

An individual applying for endorsement through the University of Iowa must have taken a minimum of one semester hour through coursework offered by the Belin-Blank Center. We strongly recommend the practicum for the credit hour, but this can be decided on a case-by-case basis.

We offer "just-in-time" learning throughout the year, designed to meet busy teachers' needs. From three-semester-hour courses, to intensive one-semester-hour focused workshops offered throughout the year, to the arranged practicum experience, educators can align their personal and professional needs and interests with state requirements. For those who prefer face-to-face interactions, our Chautauqua sessions offer a unique opportunity to earn up to six credit hours (half of the requirement!) during the summer. 

Sufficient hours are available via distance learning that the endorsement can be completed without visiting the University of Iowa campus. Educators interact with others from around the country, as well as participants from other nations. All classes are provided by Distance and Online Education; distance-learning opportunities do not require either out-of-state tuition and those designated as a workshop (ending in 0WKA or something similar) do not currently have extra technology fees. The credits offered through the Belin-Blank Center, in partnership with the College of Education, can be combined with hours in gifted education earned at other institutions.

Courses are taught by experts in the field of gifted education, including Drs. Susan Assouline, Clar Baldus, Laurie Croft, and Megan Foley-Nicpon. Additional instructors selected for summer courses and workshops have classroom experience with gifted and talented youth and have advanced degrees in educational fields. Each instructor is committed to helping you develop your understanding of highly able youth and their special needs.

The Belin-Blank Center is in full compliance with NAGC's National Standards in Gifted and Talented Education including Standards for Faculty in Gifted Education Programs.

We're here to help you keep track of everything you'll have to complete. In a nutshell, you'll need to:

  1. Register as a University of Iowa Distance and Online Nondegree student.
  2. Enroll for your course(s).
  3. Complete 12 semester hours of coursework, including at least one credit hour per strand, including practicum. Keep track of your courses with the Program of Study for the TAG Endorsement.
  4. Submit your completed TAG endorsement form to educators@belinblank.org. We'll verify that you've completed everything required and send that information on to the College of Education Licensure Analyst. 
  5. Expect to receive an email from the College of Education Office of Student Services about the necessary steps to submit your information to the State of Iowa Department of Education.

This experience will certainly allow me to begin the next step of my career with knowledge and confidence!

Educator

How to Register

First, you'll need to register with the University of Iowa, and then you'll need to register for the course(s) you'd like to take.

Register With The University Of Iowa

  1. Apply as a Distance Education Nondegree Student.
    • Navigate to the Distance and Online Nondegree webpage, fill out the application there, and submit.
    • If you have taken a course with the University of Iowa in the past year, skip to Step 3.
    • The Distance and Online Nondegree link above has all the information you need to get admitted and enrolled. Please return to that link or reach out to us at doe-reg@uiowa.edu, as needed, as you navigate the admission and enrollment process.
  2. Set up your Hawk ID.
    • Look for and respond to an email from the UI Office of Admissions with instructions. This email should arrive within 24-hours of submitting your application. Be sure to check your spam folders if you don’t see it in your inbox!
  3. Log in to MyUI.
    • Using your HawkID and password, log in to the University of Iowa student portal, MyUI.
  4. Submit the Student Billing Agreement once you are logged in to MyUI.

Register For Your Course(s)

  1. Log in to MyUI and navigate to the COURSES/REGISTRATION tab.
  2. Search for your course using the session (e.g., Fall 2019), course subject (e.g., EDTL), course number, and section number.
  3. When you find your course, click the Enroll button.
  4. If your course needs a special permission number, enter the 3-digit code now.

Helpful Links

Nondegree Admission & Enrollment

  • Provides more information about the steps to admission and enrollment.

Technical Support

  • Information Technology Services' contact information and links to technical support.

Your University Email

  • Provides information about UI email. Please note: All course and administrative information is sent to your UI email.

To Receive Graduate Credit

You must send official transcripts showing your baccalaureate (or higher) degree to:

  • Office of Admissions
    The University of Iowa
    107 Calvin Hall 
    Iowa City, IA 52242-1396

    OR gradmail@uiowa.edu

You must have a minimum 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) GPA

Please note: If transcripts do not indicate a 2.5 GPA or above, you will be admitted as an undergraduate student.

Payment

Graduate student tuition rates are $580/semester hour. Undergraduate student tuition rates are $349/semester hour. You will be billed by the University of Iowa and will receive your bill at your UI email address (student-name@uiowa.edu). UBILLS ARE SENT TO YOUR UI EMAIL ONLY—no paper bills are mailed. U-Bills are available for review and payment online through MyUI. If you need assistance, please call 1-800-272-6430. 

If you have questions or need assistance with registering, please reach out to Mollie Willis in the Office of Distance and Online Education at (319) 467-0110 or doe-reg@uiowa.edu.

Classes

We are pleased to offer you a wide variety of different workshops and courses that provide research-based information for understanding gifted learners and developing appropriate programming. Each corresponds to one of the educational strands necessary for the Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement and will help you develop your expertise in the  NAGC-CEC Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted and Talented Education. Classes also explore the  NAGC Pre-K – Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards

The Iowa Board of Regents has also allowed the University of Iowa College of Education and the Belin-Blank Center to offer  Iowa Licensure Renewal Units (ILRUs). ILRUs cannot be counted for the TAG endorsement, but they can apply to relicensure and are available for specific opportunities (e.g., the Advanced Placement Summer Institute and the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association conference).

Current & Upcoming Courses

*Courses for Summer 2022 will be available soon

Academic Acceleration

PSQF:4123:0EXW

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Acceleration as an effective curricular intervention for high-ability students; forms of acceleration, research evidence for acceleration, and process of implementing acceleration; reasons for persistent negative attitudes about acceleration; advocation for acceleration; skills for effective practice and implementation. Academic acceleration is the least-utilized yet most effective curricular intervention for gifted and high-ability students. Learn about the research evidence supporting acceleration and how to implement acceleration using well-established tools and procedures. Discover how to identify students who would benefit from acceleration. Explore attitudes and preconceptions about acceleration and learn how to advocate for appropriate policies in local schools. (3 s.h. - this course counts 1 s.h. toward the Psychology, Programming, and Administration strands of the TAG Endorsement)

Instructor: Ann Lupkowski Shoplik, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: Jun 6, 2022 - Jul 29, 2022 

Platform: Online via ICON

 

Current Readings and Research in Gifted Education

EDTL:4085:0WKA

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This workshop will encourage participants to develop greater expertise in finding and analyzing research-based articles in the field of gifted education. Participants will practice evaluating and synthesizing evidence in an effort to better understand and implement best practices in the field.  Current Readings and Research will apply to a strand, depending on the content chosen. (1 s.h.) Depending on your readings, may apply to any strand.

Instructor: Anna Payne

Dates & Time: June 20, 2022 - July 11, 2022

Platform: Online via ICON

Introduction to Educating Gifted Students

EDTL:4137:0EXW/RCE:4137:0EXW

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The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to gifted education and talent development, aligned with national standards in knowledge and skills in the field. The course takes advantage of a variety of sources of information and asks participants to apply new understandings and skills in practical ways. Assignments are differentiated for different roles in schools today; participants will develop knowledge and skills essential for successful teaching, counseling, or coordinating gifted/talented programs. (3 s.h.)

Instructor: Kimberley Chandler

Dates & Time: Jun 13, 2022 - Aug 4, 2022

Platform: Online via ICON

Cognitive and Affective Needs of Underachieving Gifted

PSQF:4126:0WKA

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This class focuses on identifying the needs of gifted youth, as well as on teaching interventions appropriate for gifted children and adolescents.  The needs of twice-exceptional youth are emphasized. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Dr. Katie Schabilion

Dates & Time: June 27 - July 18, 2022

Platform: Online via ICON

Counseling and Psychological Needs of the Gifted

PSQF:4125:0WKA

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This workshop explores psychological aspects of giftedness and strategies that support the successful development of the gifted. Topics include socio-emotional concerns, career development, learning styles, and attitudes toward education and achievement. Strategies for guidance and advocacy are explored. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Dr. Jean Peterson

Dates & Time: June 15 - August 4, 2022

Platform:  Online via ICON

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua 1 series.   The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 15th & 16th in person or via Zoom.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON.



Gender Issues and Giftedness

RCE:4123:0WKA

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This workshop explores psychological aspects of giftedness and strategies that support the successful development of the gifted.  Topics include socio-emotional concerns, career development, learning styles, and attitudes toward education and achievement.  Strategies for guidance and advocacy are explored.

Instructor: Jolene Teske, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: July 18 - April 5, 2022

Platform: Online via ICON 

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua 2 series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 15th & 16th in person or via Zoom.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON.


Academic Acceleration

PSQF:4123:0EXW

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Acceleration as an effective curricular intervention for high-ability students; forms of acceleration, research evidence for acceleration, and process of implementing acceleration; reasons for persistent negative attitudes about acceleration; advocation for acceleration; skills for effective practice and implementation. Academic acceleration is the least-utilized yet most effective curricular intervention for gifted and high-ability students. Learn about the research evidence supporting acceleration and how to implement acceleration using well-established tools and procedures. Discover how to identify students who would benefit from acceleration. Explore attitudes and preconceptions about acceleration and learn how to advocate for appropriate policies in local schools. (3 s.h. - this course counts 1 s.h. toward the Psychology, Programming, and Administration strands of the TAG Endorsement)

Instructor: Ann Lupkowski Shoplik, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: Jun 6, 2022 - Jul 29, 2022 

Platform: Online via ICON

 

Teacher Training for Advanced Placement Courses

EDTL:5080:0WKA

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The Advanced Placement Summer Institute provides an intensive experience in developing and teaching an AP courses. Teachers receive an overview of the AP Program and prepare syllabi, lesson plans, and classroom materials applicable to an AP class in their subject are. (2 s.h.)

Participants must participate in and complete the Advanced Placement Summer Institute sponsored by the Belin-Blank Center; participants will receive an automatic 50% tuition scholarship off the cost of graduate tuition.

Instructor: Dr. Randy Lange

Dates & Time: July 1 - July 22, 2022

Platform: Online via ICON

Differentiating with Technology

EDTL:4024:0WKA

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This course explores creative ways to integrate technology into student-centered instruction by reviewing literature, re-imagining existing lesson plans, and exploring best practices in matching technology to students' needs.

Instructor: Dr. Antonia Szymanski

Dates & Time:  June 6 - 24, 2022

Platform: Online via ICON


Current Readings and Research in Gifted Education

EDTL:4085:0WKA

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This workshop will encourage participants to develop greater expertise in finding and analyzing research-based articles in the field of gifted education. Participants will practice evaluating and synthesizing evidence in an effort to better understand and implement best practices in the field.  Current Readings and Research will apply to a strand, depending on the content chosen. (1 s.h.) Depending on your readings, may apply to any strand.

Instructor: Anna Payne

Dates & Time: June 20, 2022 - July 11, 2022

Platform: Online via ICON

Leadership Skills for G/T, K-12

EDTL:4029:0WKA

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As early as 1972, leadership was listed as an area of potential giftedness (Marland Report).  This class focuses on identifying and developing leadership skills among gifted and talented learners, setting goals and collaborating with others to achieve objectives, K - 12. (1 sh)

Instructor:  Dr. Beth (Fitzgerald) Maloney

Dates & Time: July 6 - July 26, 2022

Platform: Online via ICON

Differentiation at the Secondary Level

EDTL:4074:0WKA

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High-ability secondary students need differentiation rooted in the content area under study. Advanced Placement is reviewed as one option for gifted secondary students; alternatives from dual enrollment to mentoring and Open Courseware are explored. Options link student abilities/needs to curriculum applications. (1 s.h.)


Instructor: Kristine Milburn, Ed.D.

Dates & Time: July 11 - July 29, 2022

Platform: Online via ICON

Topics: Executive Functioning - Skills for Learning and Life

EDTL:4096:0WKB

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This course examines the impact of executive function skills on behavior and academics at all grade levels as well as inside and outside of school. Participants will engage in differentiated learning to develop a greater understanding of executive functioning, to determine their own strengths/weaknesses, and to explore concepts and strategies in meeting the varied needs of learners. Participants will collaborate with colleagues to develop strengths-based approaches to develop and reinforce executive functioning skills and will apply new learning to classroom experiences and to helping students experience success. After taking this course, participants will also have a deeper understanding of what executive function skills look like at various grade levels and how they can build these skills for learners of all ages.

Instructor: Dr. Kristine Milburn 

Dates & Time: July 13 - August 2, 2022

Platform: Online via ICON

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua 1 series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 13th & 14th in BHC 610 or over Zoom.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON. 


Topics in Teaching and Learning: Competitions for Elementary and Secondary Gifted/Talented Students

EDTL:4096:0WKC

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This course explores the nexus of language arts and creative thinking. Participants will discuss and develop activities in the visual and performing arts as enrichment for high ability learners.

Instructor: Gwen Livingstone Pokora 

Dates & Time: July 20 - August 5, 2022

Platform: Online via ICON

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua 2 series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 20th & 21th in person or via Zoom.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON.


 

Thinking Skills: Skills for Lifelong Learning

EDTL:4072:0WKA

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This class is designed to develop an awareness of the factors involved in teaching thinking skills as a total concept critical for lifelong learning.  The relationship between critical and creative thinking is examined and published programs are reviewed.  (1 sh)

Instructor:  Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: July 11 - July 29, 2022

Platform: Face-to-face and Online via ICON

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua 1 series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 10th & 11th in BHC 610.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON. 

Academic Acceleration

PSQF:4123:0EXW

Show Course Description

Acceleration as an effective curricular intervention for high-ability students; forms of acceleration, research evidence for acceleration, and process of implementing acceleration; reasons for persistent negative attitudes about acceleration; advocation for acceleration; skills for effective practice and implementation. Academic acceleration is the least-utilized yet most effective curricular intervention for gifted and high-ability students. Learn about the research evidence supporting acceleration and how to implement acceleration using well-established tools and procedures. Discover how to identify students who would benefit from acceleration. Explore attitudes and preconceptions about acceleration and learn how to advocate for appropriate policies in local schools. (3 s.h. - this course counts 1 s.h. toward the Psychology, Programming, and Administration strands of the TAG Endorsement)

Instructor: Ann Lupkowski Shoplik, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: Jun 6, 2022 - Jul 29, 2022 

Platform: Online via ICON

 

Current Readings and Research in Gifted Education

EDTL:4085:0WKA

Show Course Description

This workshop will encourage participants to develop greater expertise in finding and analyzing research-based articles in the field of gifted education. Participants will practice evaluating and synthesizing evidence in an effort to better understand and implement best practices in the field.  Current Readings and Research will apply to a strand, depending on the content chosen. (1 s.h.) Depending on your readings, may apply to any strand.

Instructor: Anna Payne

Dates & Time: June 20, 2022 - July 11, 2022

Platform: Online via ICON

Staff Development for Gifted Programs

EPLS:4113:0WKA

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Planning, content, and delivery of professional development regarding gifted students and their needs. This workshop focuses on developing student leadership through a school’s existing K–12 curriculum. 

Instructor: Dr. Jolene Teske

Dates & Time: July 22 - August 5, 2022

Platform: Face-to-face and Online via ICON

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua 2 series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 22th & 23rd in person or via Zoom.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON.

The practicum is an individually arranged experience promoting research, reflection and action on participant-defined goals, and hands-on experience with gifted children. For each hour of practicum, teachers spend approximately 15 hours reading and reacting to new materials, fifteen hours working to achieve their personal goals, and 15 hours in observation and interaction with gifted and talented students. These activities frequently complement a teacher's professional responsibilities.

Practicum in Gifted/Talented Education

EDTL:4188:0EXW/EDTL:4189:0WKA/RCE:4188:0EXW

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Practicum experience is based in local classrooms convenient for participants or at The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. Participants are provided opportunities to explore relevant literature, to assist in developing curriculum for courses and workshops in gifted education, and to observe and assist in classroom instruction. (Participants may enroll in 1, 2, or 3 semester hours, depending on section.)

  • If you are enrolled as a full-time student, register for EDTL:4188:0EXW.
  • If you are a Continuing Education student who wants one credit for practicum, enroll in EDTL:4189:0WKA.
  • If you are a Continuing Education student who wants two or more practicum credits, enroll in RCE:4188:0EXW.

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: Multiple official start dates dependent on section; participants with later start dates are welcome (and encouraged) to start the course early

Platform: Online via ICON

Chautauqua

The Belin-Blank Chautauqua features six separate summer workshops on campus with additional online components. Participants may enroll in just one (or more!) of the workshops. Those who enroll at the graduate level for all three workshops in either week—or both—receive an automatic tuition scholarship from the Belin-Blank Center for one of three classes (i.e., three workshops for the cost of two; six for the cost of four). Chautauqua offers opportunities in the Psychology, Programming, and Administrative strands, making earning the endorsement easier than ever.

If a course is part of the Chautauqua summer session it will be noted in red in the course descriptions above (coming soon).

Although online courses offer greater flexibility, face-to-face classes enhance networking opportunities, engagement with others who share your interests, and more detailed discussions. Our summer Belin-Blank Chautauqua classes include either virtual or face-to-face time with colleagues for two days for each class, as well as follow-up time to submit summative work.

Summer 2022 Update

Participants and/or instructors may choose to Zoom rather than interact in person during the first two days of each class; the Belin-Blank Center wants everyone to feel comfortable about their health and safety this summer.

Endorsement in Two Summers

If you'd like to earn your endorsement over two summers, take advantage of Chautauqua. Enroll in six one-semester workshops scheduled over two weeks and complete each class within three weeks of start dates. Chautauqua provides an accelerated pace for those who want to know more about advanced learners before school begins in August. You can plan on earning your endorsement by participating in Chautauqua over two summers since courses are different (participants can substitute practicum for one Chautauqua course during the second summer and still receive the same scholarships).

Endorsement in One Summer

The Belin-Blank Center does offer sufficient hours over the summer to permit completion of the 12-semester-hour State of Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement.

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