Education of the Gifted Endorsement

The University of Northern Iowa is pleased to offer a four-course sequence satisfying state requirements for the Iowa PK-12 Talented and Gifted Endorsement (#107). All of the National Standards for programs that prepare teachers of the gifted (published jointly by the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) - National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)) are addressed in the set of four endorsement courses.

A new cohort program begins Fall 2014

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Program highlights

  • Designed for classroom teachers and graduate students holding a current Iowa teaching certificate or approved equivalent.
  • Courses are designed using the Quality Matters set of professional standards based upon research and best practices for course design.
  • Delivered entirely online on a cohort basis beginning in the fall and completed in two consecutive semesters.
  • Addresses all national standards for preparing teachers of the gifted

Convenient course delivery

Courses in this program are offered entirely online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. While most students encounter very few technical difficulties with our online courses, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.

Strongly recommended skills

  • Persistence, perseverance and a desire to learn more about gifted students and to advocate for their needs.
  • Ability to think complexly and intellectually, as well as integrate several different skill areas/components into one product.
  • Capacity for creative thinking; enjoyment of word play, humor and appreciation of creative products.

Required technology skills

  • Access to Microsoft PowerPoint (ability to make/format presentations and use basic drawing/shape tools)
  • Microsoft Word (ability to make/alter a table and perform basic formatting)
  • Access to a digital camera
  • Ability to insert photos or images, crop, adjust size/brightness/contrast of an image.