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 Mega 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.
  5. GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY (undergraduates skip this step): Email Anne Sparks (anne-sparks@uiowa.edu) to request to be authorized for enrollment for the semester of your course.

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 $560/semester hour. Undergraduate student tuition rates are $337/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 Teacher Training Institute and the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association conference).

Current & Upcoming Courses

Gender Issues and Giftedness

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This course will examine the effect of gender on development of giftedness. Differential needs of girls versus boys, as well as strategies for effective teaching and gender equity will be discussed.

Instructor: Jolene Teske, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: March 23 - April 11, 2020

Platform: Online via ICON

Ethnic and Cultural Issues & Giftedness: Increasing Access and Equity in Gifted Programs

RCE:4124:0WKA

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Effect of ethnicity and culture on development of giftedness; special needs of black, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian gifted students; strategies for identification, programming.  This section focuses on identifying and serving underrepresented students from culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse backgrounds, including students in rural school districts. (1 s.h.)

Although the ITAG Spring Workshop had to be canceled, for those interested in this topic, this workshop will explore current trends in research and evidence-based best practices that have potential to ensure broader representation in gifted education programs. Gifted education programs nationwide are under scrutiny to become more equitable and accessible for students across populations. With equity and access as underpinnings, all discussions and materials will be designed to help educators create enhanced gifted education programs, providing opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students.

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: April 21 - May 11, 2020

Platform: Online via ICON

Special Topics: Understanding and Addressing the Unique Needs of Gifted LGBTQ Students

EDTL:4096:0WKA

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This course will examine the unique experiences of gifted students that also identify as LGBTQ.  Multiple identity concerns, academic and social/emotional experiences will be discussed.  Participants will also learn strategies to support students in practice.


Instructor: Haley Wikoff, PhD


Dates & Time: June 8  - June 27, 2020


Platform: Online via ICON

Introduction to Educating Gifted Students

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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: Susannah Wood, Ph.D 

Dates & Time: June 8 - July 24, 2020

Platform: Online via ICON

Special Topics: Giftedness 101

EDTL:4096:0WKC

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This class will focus on an analysis of Giftedness 101  by Linda Silverman. What IS giftedness? Exploring common myths and misunderstandings, this book helps participants understand the meaning of giftedness and the importance of well-articulated programs to support these students, going beyond the general education experience. (1 s.h.)

InstructorAnna Payne

Dates & Time: July 15, 2020 - August 4, 2020

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: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: June 15 - July 6, 2020

Platform: Online via ICON

Special Topics: The Gifted Brain: Neurodiversity and Gifted/Talented Learners

EDTL:4096:0WKE

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By reviewing current research related to the differences in the brains of gifted / talented learners, participants will develop greater understandings of how neural differences can impact learning in both positive and negative ways; as well, participants will review the concepts of overexciteabilities and neurodiversity in order to provide socioaffective as well as cognitive support to these students.

Instructor: Antonia (Toni) Szymanski, PhD, & Laurie Croft, PhD, (team teacher)

 

Dates & Time: June 8  - June 26, 2021

 

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: Megan Foley-Nicpon, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: June 29 - July 17, 2020 

Platform: Online via ICON

Advanced Seminar in Gifted Education: Solution-Focused Skills for Working with Common Concerns of Gifted Students - New Course!

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This new workshop includes an overview of basic counseling skills and strategies which can give a stronger foundation for working with their gifted students’ concerns. This workshop will present: a) common struggles of gifted students; b) basic active listening skills, c) relationship-building techniques; d) specific solution-focused skills. The workshop will include in role-plays, problem-solving based on case scenarios, and other activities. (1 s.h.)


This workshop is part of our Chautauqua series. The instructor will schedule Zoom meetings during the days the class would have met face-to-face on 07/15/2020 - 07/16/2020. The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON.

Instructor: Susannah Wood, Ph.D

Dates & Time:July 15 - August 4, 2020

Platform:Online via ICON

Curriculum Concepts in Gifted Education

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Analyzing and refining understanding of curriculum in context of: needs of gifted and talented students, rationale for and implementation of curriculum differentiation, and curriculum principles for and applications to gifted and talented; designed for preservice and inservice educators, as well as those interested in curriculum development, design, and delivery. (3 s.h.)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: March 23 - May 15, 2020

Platform: Online via ICON

 

Differentiated Instruction for the Gifted

EDTL:4025:0WKA

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Program options for K-12 gifted students; student abilities and needs linked with various curricula; case studies, school materials.  Meeting the needs of students through differentiation and engagement; going beyond worksheets.

Instructor: Debbie Judge, M.A.

Dates & Time: April 13 - May 01 

Platform: Online via ICON 

Math Programming for High Ability Students

EDTL:4022:0WKA/PSQF:4122:0WKA

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This workshop will focus on the intersection of theory underlying the unique challenges presented by talented students and practice necessary to develop the mathematical talent of gifted students. Participants will develop strategies for assessment and program implementation. (Participants do not need a background in mathematics or math education).

Instructor: Ann Lupkowski Shoplik Ph.D.

Dates & Time: June 22 - July 13

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 8 - 28, 2020

Platform: Online via ICON

Special Topics: Foundations of Giftedness: An Overview - New Course!

EDTL:4096:0WKD

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This new workshop explores the ways that programming and socioaffective models in gifted education, underpinned by research in the field, can be seen in action. The Belin-Blank Center faculty and staff provide overviews of effective student programming, and participants will discuss alignment and potential applications of programming and services for gifted and talented learners, including traditionally underserved groups (e.g., the twice-exceptional).

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua series. The instructor will schedule Zoom meetings during the days the class would have met face-to-face on 07/06/2020 - 07/07/2020. The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON.

Instructor: Susan Assouline, PhD, & Laurie Croft, PhD, team teacher

Dates & Time: July 6 - July 24, 2020

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: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: June 15 - July 6, 2020

Platform: Online via ICON

Science for High Ability Students

EDTL:4021:0WKA

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This workshop will focus on the intersection of the unique challenges presented by talented students and the challenges of designing, implementing, and assessing quality inquiry-based instruction. (Participants do not need a background in science or science education. (1 s.h.)

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua series. The instructor will schedule Zoom meetings during the days the class would have met face-to-face on 07/08/2020 - 07/09/2020. The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON.

Instructor: Hallie Edgerly, PhD.

Dates & Time: July 8 - July 28, 2020

Platform: Online via ICON

Programming/Curriculum for High Ability Students: Real World Problem Solving

EDTL:4073:0WKA

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High ability learners synthesize both content understanding and methodological applications by tackling real-world problems. Participants will learn about complex instruction, problem-based learning, and ill-structured problems; and they will practice methods to seek answers to their own “real-world problems” within the context of gifted education. This graduate-level workshop in gifted education is designed to assist pre-service and in-service educators as they develop and refine their understandings of the value of problem-solving approaches in the teaching/learning process, particularly important in the context of the academic and socioaffective needs of gifted and talented students.

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua series. The instructor will schedule Zoom meetings during the days the class would have met face-to-face on 07/10/2020 - 07/11/2020. The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON.

Instructor: Kristine Milburn, Ed.D.

Dates & Time: July 10, 2020 - July 30, 2020

Platform: Online via ICON

Social Studies for High Ability Learners - New Course!

EDTL:4065:0WKA

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This new workshop will share resources available to teachers who want to enrich the social studies, starting with the National Geographic Learning Framework and the mindset of an explorer:  Attitudes, Skills, and Knowledge.  Participants will gain an understanding of National Geographic Education Resource Materials and begin Phase 1 (of 3) toward Certification to be a National Geographic Certified Educator. The workshop will share other resources, and participants will develop plans to use materials with their students in the next academic year.

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua series. The instructor will schedule Zoom meetings during the days the class would have met face-to-face on 07/13/2020 - 07/14/2020. The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON

Instructors: Stacey Snyder

Dates & Time: July 13 - July 31, 2020

Platform: Online via ICON

Administrative and Policy Issues in Gifted Ed

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Policy, administrative, evaluation issues in developing and maintaining gifted programs in a school setting; participants develop gifted program and policies for a school; for school executives and coordinators of gifted programs. (2 sh)

Instructor: Randy Lange, Ph.D.
Dates & Time: February 4 - May 1, 2020
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: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: June 15 - July 6, 2020

Platform: Online via ICON

Staff Development for Gifted Programs

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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. 

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua series. The instructor will schedule Zoom meetings during the days the class would have met face-to-face on 07/17/2020 - 07/18/2020. The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON.

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: July 17 - August 6, 2020

Platform: Face-to-face and Online 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.

Pract in Tchng & Curric Development in Gifted Educ

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Practicum experience is based in local classrooms convenient for participants or at the Belin-Blank Center. 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.) Needs special permission

  • If you are enrolled as a full-time student, register for EDTL:4188:0001.
  • If you are a Continuing Education student who wants one semester hour of credit for practicum, enroll in EDTL:4189:0WKA.
  • If you are a Continuing Education student who wants two or more semester hours of credit for practicum, enroll in RCE:4188:0EXW.

    Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

    Team Teacher: Jose Miranda Barrera 

    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

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: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: June 15 - July 6, 2020

Platform: Online via ICON

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.

Team Teacher: Jose Miranda-Barrera

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

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

Also, if you'd like to earn your endorsement in as little time as possible, consider taking coursework during our Chautauqua summer sessions. Enroll in one or more one-hour workshops to complete up to half of the endorsement requirements in just two weeks!

Chautauqua typically features six separate summer workshops on campus with additional online components. Participants may enroll in any 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).

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

Summer 2020 Update

Following guidance from the University of Iowa College of Education, the face-to-face days for each Chautauqua class will no longer be on campus. Each instructor will schedule meetings on Zoom for some time during the two days that the class would have met in Blank Honors Center. Chautauqua offers opportunities in the Psychology, Programming, and Administrative strands, making earning the endorsement easier than ever. Scholarships are still available for Chautauqua participants as described above.

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